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Friends without benefits: Companies are now verifying spouses and dependents (access required)

After letting employees simply add the names of spouses and dependents to health insurance coverage, more firms are taking a Reagan-esque approach to policies: Trust, but verify. They are asking employees to verify spouses’ and dependents’ status with birth and ...

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Retirement looms for lawyers as baby boomers age (access required)

After a long career in the law, lawyers of the Baby Boomer generation are now facing the prospect of retirement. And for many, it’s not an easy transition. “The point at which attorneys consider retirement is based on more issues ...

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Idaho House OKs community college funding amid division

Idaho House lawmakers once again revealed a growing division inside their chamber on March 21 over a dicey community college budget debate. Earlier this year, state budget writers settled on allocating the state’s three community colleges nearly $40 million, or ...

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Idaho Senate makes new changes to transportation plan

Idaho senators whittled down a $530 million transportation funding plan on March 22 with the hopes of getting it through both chambers before lawmakers adjourn for the year. The latest transportation plan is now roughly $320 million, primarily by using ...

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US group seeks better access to China’s farm goods market

An American business group appealed to China on March 21 to ease import restrictions on agricultural goods including genetically modified seeds and other biotechnology, highlighting complaints Beijing blocks market access despite its vocal support for free trade. The American Chamber ...

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Idaho Power plans significant shift from coal (access required)

Despite national rhetoric about loosening restrictions on the use of coal, Idaho Power plans to significantly shift its portfolio away from the fuel type in the coming decade. The public utility accepts energy from seven coal-powered generators located in Oregon, Nevada ...

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Saffron growers look to get a foothold in the US

As spring crocus blooms approach, some growers have visions of a fall-flowering crocus that produces saffron, the world’s most valuable spice. University of Vermont researchers have been raising the exotic spice now grown primarily in Iran and are encouraging growers ...

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Small businesses could soon have more access to property tax exemptions

Idaho counties may soon receive more authority to grant property tax exemptions to businesses seeking to move to or expand within the state. The Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee approved a bill March 14 that expands a property tax ...

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ISU adds graduate-level taxation degree (access required)

Idaho State University is adding a Master of Taxation degree to help address a shortage of accountants specialized in tax law in eastern Idaho and across the country. Changes to tax law over the last several years have made the country’s ...

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