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Standard unemployment insurance tax drops 6.3 percent for 2017 (access required)

Idaho’s standard unemployment insurance tax rate will drop by 6.3 percent to a rate of 1.395 percent in 2017. The unemployment insurance tax is a tax on gross wages that employers pay into a fund that pays out unemployment claims. New ...

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Airbnb will now collect sales and travel taxes for hosts

Airbnb will collect state sales tax, travel and convention tax and Greater Boise Auditorium District tax for short-term lodging rentals beginning Dec. 1. The online marketplace will automatically collect applicable tax instead of leaving it up to the host of the property to ...

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Idaho Fish and Game to try for fee hike once again

Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are once again preparing to push a plan to raise hunting and fishing fees, despite previous resistance from state lawmakers who have refused to advance similar proposals. Director Virgil Moore announced ...

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Fuel breaks to limit rangeland fires proposed in 3 states

A proposed fuel break system in southwest Idaho, southeast Oregon and northern Nevada will limit the size of destructive rangeland wildfires and protect habitat for sage grouse, say officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The agency on Dec. ...

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For Idaho bankers, coming year holds more questions than answers (access required)

State and federal elections are over and lawmakers, economists and businesses are now left with the task of determining Idaho’s needs. They’re also waiting to see what the newly elected president will do. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to focus ...

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Customedica Pharmacy opens a second shop in Boise (access required)

The independent, locally owned Customedica Pharmacy opened its second Treasure Valley location Dec. 5 at 1915 W. State St. at the west edge of downtown Boise. The second Customedica comes 14 years after owner Shah Afshar opened his first Customedica ...

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Bodybuilding.com eliminates jobs in several departments

Bodybuilding.com has confirmed it laid several employees off a month before Christmas, but declined to state how many or why — beyond saying it wanted to strengthen the business and reach more customers. The online nutrition store was founded in ...

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US to build $1.6B Idaho facility for warships’ nuclear waste

A $1.65 billion facility will be built at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho to handle fuel waste from the nation’s fleet of nuclear-powered warships, the Navy and U.S. Department of Energy announced Dec. 6. Officials said the new facility ...

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U of I moves toward building a basketball arena (access required)

A quest that dates back to the Nixon era could end by 2018. The University of Idaho intends to seek Idaho State Board of Education approval in February to start architectural and engineering work for a $30 million, 4,700-seat arena. ...

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New director wants upgrades at Idaho ag research stations (access required)

Upgrading aging infrastructure at nine research and extension centers around the state is a main goal, the new director of the University of Idaho’s Agricultural Experiment Station said. Mark McGuire told the Capital Press that some of that infrastructure dates ...

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