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A new year, a new set of rules and deadlines for Obamacare (access required)

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What’s a surefire way to stop business owners in their tracks? Throw a whopping dose of uncertainty in their path. They’ll be more likely to hold off on capital investments, freeze hiring and just generally operate in panic mode. In ...

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Big projects drive Idaho construction job gains in 2013 (access required)

Idaho construction employment was a mixed bag in 2013 for Idaho metro areas, though the industry picked up 1,300 jobs statewide between November 2012 and November 2013, according to data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. More than ...

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National Association of Realtors wants lenders to loosen up (access required)

As the housing market continues to recover, tough mortgage requirements are preventing some buyers from entering the market, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors. In its 2013 profile of homebuyers and sellers, the association found that ...

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A wish list for real estate in 2014

It’s been a busy year in 2013 for commercial real estate in the Treasure Valley. Major projects such as The Village at Meridian and the Eighth & Main building in downtown Boise have made significant progress, with retailers open at ...

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Proposed tax changes could spark R&D investment (access required)

A new legislative proposal aims to modernize the U.S. tax code in order to stimulate investment in research and development for emerging companies. The Startup Jobs and Innovation Act, introduced Nov. 6 by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Pat Toomey, ...

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OSHA wants injury reports to be public (access required)

A proposed federal rule that would require construction companies to make public the reports of any on-site injuries and illnesses is prompting concerns about how the information would be used. The change, proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational ...

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Custodial services struggle to find staff (access required)

The custodial services industry is no stranger to high turnover, but local companies say it’s been particularly difficult to find the workers they need over the past couple of years. “Attracting new talent has been a challenge,” said Caitilin Simonson, ...

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Tax overhaul could trim business improvement tax write-offs (access required)

Tax reform advocates in Congress are weighing a number of changes to reduce the amount the government spends through the tax code, including one that could shake up how businesses across the country invest in capital improvements, from upgrading a ...

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