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The straw Legislature of 2021

Idaho’s most powerful politicians want us to believe we need solutions to problems that do not exist. As the Legislature voted away some of our precious rights — such as our right to citizen-led initiatives — supermajority politicians focused their ...

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Idaho’s unemployment fraud problem can be stopped right now

As of three months ago, 82% of unemployment claims in the state of Idaho were fraudulent. This fraud is not coming from individual, unsophisticated fraudsters trying to make an extra buck (though they are a part of the equation). This ...

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A note from the editor

When my daughter was small, we used to go tent camping a couple of weekends each summer in various places around the Northwest. I soon discovered the Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds situated around the lower Snake River dams near ...

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The sustainability of ESG investing

One of the biggest trends in global investing is the growth in environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies. This generated even more interest following the 2020 election. Investors are looking for ways to invest in climate themes the current administration ...

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Idaho Republicans have no confidence in Simpson

In response to Congressman Simpson’s proposal to breach four hydroelectric dams on the lower Snake River, I wrote an article last month entitled, “Congressman Simpson Should Put Idaho First and Do No Harm.” The article named players who oppose Simpson’s ...

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Sources of capital in the post-PPP environment

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offered a lifeline to small businesses through forgivable loans that helped them retain workers and keep their doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic. At Zions Bank, we are proud to have processed more than 3,100 ...

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A note from the editor

Businesses that have been blaming the federal government’s extended unemployment payments for their not being able to hire workers are going to have to find another excuse, as Gov. Brad Little announced that Idaho would no longer participate in the ...

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HB 389: Poor policy, poorly written, bad for rural Idaho

Approaching the end of Idaho’s longest legislative session in history, the Legislature rushed through HB 389, an omnibus, 26-page property tax bill, in 48 hours. It is as ill-conceived as it is poorly written, and with it, the Legislature is ...

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