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The importance of education 

Two recent studies should put to rest the debate about how important education is to Idaho’s citizens, economy and quality of life.   The first is a landmark study on the economic impact of higher education on our state. The second ...

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Idaho renters need basic consumer protections, not less 

Rather than mitigate Idaho’s growing housing crisis, state lawmakers are pushing through legislation that seeks to compound it further and strip away local control. If passed, House Bill 442 would prevent cities from regulating fees or deposits for residential rental ...

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To ensure housing stays affordable, keep government out 

Idaho has been discovered. As the fastest-growing state in the nation, one of the most important things we need to make sure we have here in Idaho is a strong, affordable housing market.   We are blessed here in Idaho with a strong, ...

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4 strategies to help your business adapt to rising inflation and interest rates  

As we kick off 2022, it’s a great time to evaluate the business environment and plan ahead for success. Some of the most pressing challenges for many businesses are rising inflation and climbing interest rates, which represent a major reversal of recent trends.    The following four strategies can help position your business to withstand these challenges.   Strategy #1: Audit the spending habits of your ...

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Nonprofits will be vital to distributing federal funds efficiently 

Over the past two — difficult — years, nonprofits have been working overtime to help put dinner on the table, ensure children have winter coats and help families pay rent. Organizations around the state still have waiting lists to serve people with these ...

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The best places to live in Idaho in 2022

The secret is out and ready to be shouted from the rooftops. Idaho is a great state to live in! In fact, many cities in Idaho are making the lists of the top places to live in the United States, ...

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Married? Unmarried? Retirement planning is still essential 

Retirement planning is crucial enough as it is for a married family. Still, it becomes even more critical for singles or unmarried couples, considering that they are not accorded the same tax breaks and advantages that a couple gets upon marriage. Statistical studies report ...

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A note from the editor Jan. 21

The 2022 legislative session is in full swing, and do we have news for you.  Sharon Fisher, a name you probably know well, reached out to business stakeholders to get their thoughts on repealing Idaho’s grocery tax — a hot topic for ...

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Right-wing chaos is bad business  (access required)

Chaos is the new norm after years of Idaho’s single-party politics. Idaho businesses are suffering as a result. The encouraging news is that it’s not too late to step off the destructive path that Idaho’s Republican Party has charted for ...

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A note from the editor Jan. 14

Did you see our online coverage this week?  Reporter Catie Clark and freelance writer Ken Levy intimately connected us with people as well as places, and there is a lot of positive news to share.   Through community support, Ketchum is ...

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