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Idaho House passes revised IRS conformity bill

The Idaho House has approved a revised tax conformity bill after spiking a prior version because it would have removed an unenforceable rule banning joint returns from same-sex couples. Lawmakers voted 54-16 on Jan. 29 on a new bill that ...

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Idaho House panel introduces $22M tax cut for top earners

Idaho’s top-earning individuals and businesses would get tax relief worth $22.6 million under a bill that cleared a House committee Jan. 27. The legislation introduced by House Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star would reduce the state’s top two individual ...

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Health and Welfare: New mental health crisis center would save money, lives (access required)

The mental health crisis center in eastern Idaho saved Idaho Falls and the surrounding area nearly $800,000 in emergency room care and hospitalization in its first year, according to the Department of Health and Welfare. A crisis center that opened in December in ...

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Coding competition will focus on bicycle safety (access required)

Treefort Music Festival has partnered with several organizations on an app-building competition focusing on traffic congestion, bicycle crashes and pedestrian safety. Treefort held a meeting in conjunction with the Idaho Transportation Department, Ada County Highway District, Boise Police Department and ...

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Idaho’s big-money broadband battle rages on in court

The Idaho Education Network is dead. In a brief filed the week of Jan. 18, an attorney for network vendor Qwest pointedly refers to the statewide broadband system in the past tense. The state’s hired attorneys place all the blame ...

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Wildfire plan seen as biggest land policy change in decades

A year after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell shifted the national approach to fighting wildfires across a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West, her strategy is turning out to be one of the most significant federal land policy changes ...

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Idaho officials seek funding in pesticide cleanup

The $250,000 that the Department of Agriculture seeks to clean up contaminated hay is just the beginning of pesticide cleanup in eastern Idaho, said the state’s top agriculture official. Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould requested the $250,000 in front ...

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Idaho House panel votes to match state tax code with IRS

The Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted Jan. 25 to bring the state’s tax code in line with federal rules, a move that’s estimated to cost Idaho roughly $46 million over two years. Lawmakers usually prefer to sync the ...

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Class teaches the generations to communicate at work (access required)

Traditionalists value authority and many of them felt the effects of the Great Depression and World War II. Baby boomers tend to embrace technology, at least more than prior generations did. The Latchkey Generation, or Generation X, are heavily educated. ...

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