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It’s important for Idaho’s health exchange to remain under state control

In 2011 my company, Premier Technology, made a simple yet significant change in the way we did business. We committed to buying a greater share of materials needed for our operations from Idaho suppliers. And we did it without sacrificing ...

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Idahoans need buying power in health care

When I was campaigning for my very first time back in 2012, tens of thousands of people were excited about my candidacy because of my innate ability to actively listen to the people whom I represent. They understood that I ...

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Parking up the wrong tree?

There are renowned debating societies in the Netherlands, in Greece and at Oxford in England, but the best debates of all happen in the newsrooms of U.S. newspapers. Just such a debate – short but substantive and spirited – took ...

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After surging in 2013, markets take a breather

After 2013, when the markets packed three years of returns into one, they stumbled out of the gate in 2014. In January, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 5.3 percent, the S&P was down 3.6 percent and the Nasdaq ...

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Obama’s myRA retirement accounts (access required)

During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Jan. 28, he announced a new type of “starter” retirement savings account, myRA. This will be a new savings opportunity of up to $15,000 for Americans whose employer doesn’t offer a ...

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Welcome to middle age, Facebook

If you use Facebook, you’ve been through the birthday avalanche. All 837 of your friends get reminded that it’s your birthday and, Poof! At least 835 of them send you a greeting. I do. I feel obligated once I’m reminded ...

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Employers: Start now on preparing for ACA 2015 deadline

Last July, when the Obama administration announced the one-year delay, until Jan. 1, 2015, in imposing the employer-shared-responsibility penalties of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many Idaho employers slammed the brakes on their compliance efforts. Even though 2015 ...

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Meet GINA, the genetic-information shield

Last month, Founders Pavilion Inc. paid $370,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit in which Founders Pavilion requested family medical history on pre-employment medical exams of applicants. Since the enactment of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act in ...

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Yes, you do have to pay tax on those Amazon purchases (access required)

Q: I noticed the Idaho tax forms have a line for “Sales/Use tax due on nontaxed purchases (Internet, mail order, and other).” I am not sure how this applies to me and I never heard of “use tax.” Can you ...

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