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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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With so much noise out there, is anybody listening?

The world is a noisy place. Do you remember the last time you drove home from work and had a few minutes of (relative) silence because you didn’t turn on the radio or play your iPod? Do you remember the last ...

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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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The rules for employing kids are changing

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed revisions to child labor regulations. The DOL is pushing for stronger safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture as well as other related fields. The federal child labor laws were authorized ...

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Modern construction and design contract forms

Standard construction and design contract forms have been developed over the years by industry groups that have studied both what works legally and what works in practice. Use of standard forms can save money and they are backed by study ...

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My Final Thoughts on Boise

For the last year I’ve written with a fairly academic and tongue-in-cheek tone. One, because I enjoy it and two, because it helps keep my perspective clear and objective. It’s the same reason I don’t rely too heavily on personal ...

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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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