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Senator highlights grocery tax bill (access required)

Idaho lawmakers are drawing attention to a newly proposed bill to exempt groceries from Idaho’s sales tax. Sen. Clifford Bayer, R-Meridian and sponsor of the bill, said the bill would also eliminate Idaho’s grocery tax credit, which would offset most of ...

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Task force sets out to improve Idaho’s workforce (access required)

There’s no clear-cut path for students when it comes to technology jobs. But the Governor’s Workforce Development Task Force is hoping to hone in on some of the best options for building a strong workforce. The task force met with trade ...

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General Mills boosts eco-friendly grain Kernza

A sweet, nutty-tasting new grain called Kernza is getting a big boost from food giant General Mills, which is intrigued by the potentially big environmental benefits of the drought-resistant crop with long roots that doesn’t need to be replanted every ...

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A word with Max Clark, CCDC’s parking facilities director (access required)

Max Clark is the parking facilities director for the Capital City Development Corp., or CCDC, the urban renewal agency that raises money through tax increment financing for many of the city’s physical assets, including its parking garages. Clark has spent ...

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Idaho Lottery enters into new contract with service provider

After receiving proposals from three gaming equipment vendors, the Idaho Lottery is entering into another 10-year contract with the Georgia company Intralot. Intralot has been contracted with Idaho Lottery since 2007 and provides all of the equipment for multi-state games ...

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Pay disparity hurts women in Idaho

Idaho has been showing up on flattering Top Ten lists lately, but it’s also on one that isn’t such good news: The state ranked No. 7 for the worst inequality of pay between men and women. Policy and business leaders ...

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Mayo, wings, butter: ‘Fake milk’ is the latest food fight

Is “fake milk” spoiling the dairy industry’s image? Dairy producers are calling for a crackdown on the almond, soy and rice “milks” they say are masquerading as the real thing and cloud the meaning of milk. A group that advocates ...

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Idaho Senate panel kills plan to raise smoking age to 21

A plan to bump Idaho’s legal smoking age from 18 to 21 has failed to win enough support among conservative Idaho lawmakers wary of curbing individual freedoms. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Fred Martin, a Republican from Boise, would have ...

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