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Idaho budget positioned to handle impacts of COVID-19

Idaho just ended its fiscal year with a surplus nearly three times what was expected before COVID-19. How, in the middle of a global pandemic, did we manage to do that? Through conservative principles of governing. In late March, shortly ...

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How small firms can protect finances in reopening economies

In the early stages of COVID-19, many small business owners were facing dire circumstances. A survey from Goldman Sachs reported 51% of small business owners could function for zero to three months during the quarantine. The survey underscored the pressures ...

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Limiting the spread of COVID-19 in justice institutions

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to the criminal justice system. One such challenge is reducing the spread of COVID-19 within justice institutions. The nature of incarceration poses grave risks to individuals serving prison sentences or incarcerated while awaiting trial. Through ...

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Strong cybersecurity strategy not a luxury for small business (access required)

After several difficult months plagued by coronavirus, small business owners across the country are preparing for the day they can finally and permanently reopen their doors. The pandemic has seriously impacted the health of businesses everywhere, and for most employers, ...

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To attract, retain diverse workforce, start with self-reflection

Diversity on the jobsite and within the various departments of a construction company has numerous benefits, but building and retaining a truly diverse workforce takes an unwavering commitment to equity within organization walls. That commitment requires organizations to invest in ...

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Harness social dynamics to build a safe, ethical workplace (access required)

My heart was beating out of my chest. My palms were sweaty. My mouth was dry. And, for the first time in my life, I was literally paralyzed by fear and unable to move. Dressed in Nomex coveralls and clad ...

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Ideas for improving the lives of African-Americans on college campuses

Over the last several weeks institutions of higher education have written statements of support in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. However, there has also been criticism lodged at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) for providing statements and establishing working ...

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Now more than ever, Idaho’s farmers need our support

Farming is not famed for its predictability. Every season, farmers and ranchers brace for the unknown: unforeseeable weather, difficult growing conditions, volatile markets and a multitude of other challenges that can deliver a windfall harvest, or 12 hard months of ...

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Reopening our public schools this fall is a top priority

The upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic has affected so much in our daily lives, particularly so for our children and grandchildren.  Over 300,000 young Idahoans are educated in our public schools, a time-honored learning process that was severely disrupted ...

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