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A wakeup call for local filmmakers

Sometimes you’ve just got to be cruel to be kind. And so it was when local movie makers met Dec. 6 to discuss why Idaho should help them expand their industry. Former Idaho state Sen. Joe Stegner, who sat on ...

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Is it time to give away the farm?

Since the Congressional Super Committee has failed to live up to its moniker, where does it leave the tax planning community? Well, the short answer is we still do not know. Tax policy is an interesting blend of economics and ...

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Court-ordered tax: What are the limits?

Years ago, former Governor Phil Batt and the Idaho Legislature approved a property tax law that limits local governments to no more than a 3 percent increase in base property taxes each year. Yet on November 10, Chief Judge B. ...

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Networking at the Christmas tree festival

No matter how busy things get during the holidays, I always make time for the Festival of Trees, the 25-year-old Saint Alphonsus fundraiser for various health causes around the state. This year I brought my 13-year-old daughter Sophie along to ...

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First, the good news about commercial real estate…

As 2011 draws to a close, it’s a good time to assess the state of the commercial real estate industry in Idaho. First, the good news – leasing activity is returning to pre-recession levels. The bad news: Rents are still ...

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Are electric vehicles green?

Everyone thinks they know that electric vehicles are green. EVs reduce our reliance on petroleum gas and wean the United States from dependence on foreign oil. But a nagging question lurks not far below the surface. If the electricity used ...

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