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Idaho House clears tax conformity bill

The Idaho House has approved aligning the state’s tax code with federal rules despite a handful of members once again objecting to the recognition of same-sex marriage. The Idaho Legislature usually syncs the state’s tax code with the federal version ...

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Idaho to insurers: Give us plans that don’t follow Obamacare (access required)

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Concerned about soaring health care costs, Idaho on Jan. 24 revealed a plan that will allow insurance companies to sell cheap policies that ditch key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. It’s believed to be the first state to take ...

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Study: Healthcare job postings increased 23 percent in 2016 (access required)

Nursing is a growing profession, as healthcare organizations seek more registered nurses for a wide range of jobs, increasing the number of nurses on the job and leading to more vacancies at healthcare systems. There were about 2.9 million registered ...

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POWER Engineers acquires Austin’s Zephyr

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POWER Engineers Inc. has acquired Zephyr Environmental Corp. of Texas. Zephyr is a 75-person firm with Texas offices in Austin, San Antonio and Houston, as well as offices in York, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland. POWER, based in Hailey, has a ...

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Changing plans: Tax law makes small businesses rethink ideas

As Congress debated a new tax law at the end of last year, Jerell and Elissa Klaver began revising their company’s plans for 2018. The Klavers crunched the numbers, estimating how a lower tax rate and bigger deductions on equipment ...

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Federal agency proposes approving Idaho field burning rules

Federal officials are proposing approving Idaho’s request to loosen field burning rules that backers say offer more flexibility to disperse smoke away from people but that health advocates say will lead to breathing problems for some area residents. The U.S. ...

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Boise, Island Park are top dogs in Idaho Airbnb

Airbnb saw a 106 percent increase in guest arrivals in 2017 to more than 4,000 Idaho homes that rent quarters to visitors through the Airbnb online platform, the company announced. Airbnb also saw a 139 percent increase in Idaho host ...

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Idaho House panel introduces speed limit bill

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would allow trucks, buses and other large vehicles to go the same speed limit as other vehicles on the state’s highways. House Transportation and Defense Committee Chairman Joe Palmer, a Republican from ...

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