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Unlocking the government as a buyer for manufacturers (access required)

Getting into government contracting can open up a new source of buyers for manufacturers, but qualifying for contracts and submitting bids can be an ordeal. An organization recently set up to help manufacturers in Idaho, the American Manufacturers Network, has ...

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Idaho Supreme Court rules in favor of Boise trucking company (access required)

The Idaho Supreme Court overturned a previous high court ruling and sided with a trucking company, reversing a lower court decision saying the trucking company owed the state $13,278 in unemployment taxes for its truck drivers. The previous Supreme Court ...

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Committee OKs plan to raise speed limits in Idaho

The Senate geared up Feb. 11 to raise Idaho’s speed limits, as proponents aim to help drivers shave five minutes off their trips for every 100 miles traveled. Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls and the bill’s main sponsor, said the ...

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Disputed ‘ag gag bill’ advances in Idaho Senate

Milk producers convinced state senators Feb. 11 to back a bill aiming to halt spying on their operations, a measure prompted by animal activists who captured cruelty at a southern Idaho dairy on film in July 2012. The Agricultural Affairs ...

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Senator urges yes vote on minimum-wage increase

Activist groups are throwing their weight behind a Senate bill to increase Idaho’s minimum wage after abandoning an effort to gather enough signatures to put a similar measure before voters next November. The bid to put more money in the ...

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Spying landlord hit with $1M verdict (access required)

A jury in a suburb of Washington, D.C., has found a landlord liable for more than $1 million in damages for using a hidden camera to spy on a former tenant and her then-boyfriend. The jury verdict in Montgomery County, ...

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Prison company CCA to pay Idaho $1M over staffing

Corrections Corporation of America will pay Idaho $1 million for understaffing the state’s largest prison in violation of its contract, according to a settlement agreement announced Feb. 4. The Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA acknowledged last year that its employees falsified staffing ...

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Treasurer: Inadequate controls in office remedied

Treasurer Ron Crane Feb. 3 rejected auditors’ conclusions that he heaped financial risk on Idaho taxpayers by transferring tens of millions worth of troubled mortgage-backed securities to state accounts in 2008. But Crane, a four-term treasurer, acknowledged Feb. 3 that ...

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Tip pools present perils for restaurants in US (access required)

Restaurants and other service industry businesses could have to defend against lawsuits if they aren’t properly distributing and reporting the tips their employees earn. At the very least, these business owners may also be missing out on a tax break. ...

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Idaho may lose $27M from ‘inappropriate’ transfers

State Treasurer Ron Crane’s office made inappropriate transfers that cost taxpayers $10.2 million, but the hit to public funds could rise to $27 million, according to an audit that concluded Idaho’s money manager overrode internal controls meant to contain financial ...

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