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Let’s take Idaho’s broadband seriously 

People are moving to Idaho in record numbers, and I don’t blame them. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where outdoor recreation in pristine forests, mountains, rivers and lakes is easily accessible? However, Idaho’s infrastructure is not up ...

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A note from the editor April 15

As the saying goes, “that’s a wrap.”  The state’s 2022 Legislative Session recently adjourned, and in the conclusion, dozens of bills were passed that could impact Idaho businesses and industries. Reporter Catie Clark shares regulatory, financial and other effects companies ...

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Don’t fear the rate hike  

“No postwar recovery has died of old age—the Federal Reserve has murdered every one of them.”   – Rudi Dornbusch, MIT Economist  Early this year, the Federal Reserve increased the federal funds rate, which begins a cycle of multiple rate hikes ...

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Inflation and commercial real estate in Boise and Treasure Valley (access required)

Earlier this year, the possibility of inflation was being discussed. The Federal Reserve (the Fed) and President Joe Biden opined that inflation then was transitory. Now as the first quarter ends, we have seen significant increases in the cost of goods and ...

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‘The Great Resignation’ and other workplace challenges in 2022  (access required)

The workforce is changing at a rapid pace. So much so, that the cultural phenomenon deemed, “The Great Resignation” continues to capture headlines. Employees are more vocal about their dissatisfaction with their working environments, and many have resigned for different ...

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Children over brick and mortar – maximizing facility financing solutions to better serve students

Five Bluum-partner charter schools are saving millions of dollars in facilities costs and pouring those funds into programs for kids, thanks to a 2019 Idaho law that allows public charter schools to use the state’s creditworthiness to borrow money at ...

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Help for the pain at the pump

Have you noticed the prices at the gas pump? I sure have! They have been rising recently and are well over $4 per gallon across Idaho. Nearby states, such as California and Nevada, are well over $5 a gallon, according ...

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Be cautious of inflation when planning your retirement 

Long-term loans carry higher interest rates than short-term loans because there are more variables in play over a more extended period.  Another factor that makes long-term loans less attractive to lenders, thus raising interest rates, is inflation. Inflation is the ...

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