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Senate passes bill to protect employers in business competition suits (access required)

A bill approved by the Idaho Senate March 22 would make it easier for employers to sue former employees. The bill shifts the burden of proof from employers to employees in cases regarding the breaching of non-compete contracts. Employers can ...

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Legislative budget writers approve $8M for possible broadband settlement

State budget writers signed off on a surprise $8 million request March 22 from top legislative leaders to pay for a possible settlement over an illegal statewide contract for broadband in public schools. The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee voted 19-1 ...

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Bernie Sanders visits Boise

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont visited Idaho’s largest city on March 21, drawing a crowd of about 7,000 to Boise State University’s Taco Bell Arena. Sanders is a Democratic candidate for president of the United States. He was elected ...

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Idaho House passes public school budget

It took less than 30 minutes for legislators to pass the state’s largest budget, spending more than $1.5 billion in the process. Taken together, the budgets increase education spending by 6.8 percent over this year’s levels, or about $100 million. ...

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Committee moves online sales tax bill to House (access required)

A House committee has combined two tax code bills into one. The bill is a combination of an income tax reduction the House passed earlier in the session that died in the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee, and a ...

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Protesters call for legislators to hear bill to increase minimum wage (access required)

Protesters crowded the Statehouse rotunda with stickers and signs calling for a buried minimum wage bill to get a public hearing. Lift up Idaho organized about 35 protesters March 14 and 16 to advocate for a bill that the House ...

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Public documents detail Idaho’s new for-profit medical school

A new for-profit osteopathic medical school is opening in Idaho, promising to bring more doctors to the rural Intermountain West. The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine is a private, for-profit company, but it is affiliated with the public Idaho State ...

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