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Idaho must invest in education and infrastructure (access required)

As our elected leaders head to Boise for the annual legislative session, they will be tasked with making a lot of important decisions. Some are not as easy as others. One of the toughest challenges they will face is where ...

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Cap rates and the Holy Grail of Investment (access required)

The year 2014 in the commercial real estate world has flown by. As I write this article, I reflect on my numerous conversations with tenants and developers who have taken an interest in our market, and the most repeated term ...

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The time may be right to dust off that estate plan (access required)

After a business succession plan is chosen, implementation may occur over many years. Meanwhile, an estate plan frequently remains securely tucked away. But that is a mistake. To ensure that an estate plan meets needs for successful transition of a ...

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A clash of titans over hydrofracking (access required)

A recent New York case, Wallach v. Town of Dryden, illustrates a deep schism in conflicting public attitudes over energy and local governments’ regulation of land use. The case involved the authority of an upstate town to prohibit “hydrofracking” by ...

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Here’s how to motivate the millennials you manage (access required)

What motivates millennials? This question puzzles many managers, who watch as their newest employees relentlessly browse social media, constantly check their cell phones, ask for a lot of direction and reassurance, and seem to be less committed to their organization ...

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View innovation in terms of its collective impact

If you’re an innovator, you might have heard of responsible innovation, the art of balancing dynamic progress with collective impact. If you haven’t, here are some examples. First, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline are hard ...

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Nailing down IRS rules for the real estate industry (access required)

As year end approaches, there are new tax rules that affect every business entity and may necessitate accounting method changes. One of these tax rules is repair and maintenance regulations, and like most tax rule changes, it provides an opportunity ...

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With same-sex marriage the law, employers must adjust retirement plans (access required)

Recent court decisions that require same-sex marriages to be recognized like opposite-sex marriages have a profound impact on an employer’s employee benefits. In a guest column Nov. 7, I discussed the impact of these developments on employers in Idaho with ...

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Same-gender marriage is good business for Idaho

The recent legalization of same gender marriages in Idaho will be an economic boon to wedding-related businesses around the state. The nation’s wedding market is not robust. Yes, there will always be people tying the knot, but overall marriages have ...

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Keeping up with federal labor laws (access required)

As the public has come to understand in the post-election flurry of political maneuvering, the president of the United States has (arguably) broad power to act via executive order so long as it does not violate the Constitution or statutory ...

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