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Bill seeks to rein in cities’ use of LIDs

An Idaho House committee will give a full hearing to a bill that would restrict cities’ use of local improvement districts to pay for infrastructure improvements without a vote by taxpayers, including the proposed streetcar project in downtown Boise. Rep. ...

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State tax gap stands at $250 million

Idaho is losing about $250 million per year in taxes owed under current law, including $30 million in sales and use taxes that should be collected as part of transactions on the Internet, according to the Idaho Tax Commission. That ...

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Meridian mayor plans State of City address

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd’s annual State of the City address is scheduled Feb. 4 at Meridian Middle School, 1507 W. 8th St. She plans to update activities in city departments and present the Legacy Award to a community member. ...

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Business leaders address protections for gay workers (access required)

The organizers behind an effort to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in Idaho have started reaching out to the business community for support, hoping to swing momentum at the statehouse where legislation has been handily defeated three ...

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Downtown Boise streetcar proposal debated (access required)

Even if the proposed Boise streetcar project was free, George Iliff still wouldn’t support it. “I fervently want what’s best for downtown,” said Iliff, managing partner at Colliers International and a member of Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s streetcar task force. ...

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BSU, ISU presidents continue pleas to minimize higher education cuts  (access required)

The presidents of Boise State University and Idaho State University lobbed a few more pleas to lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee to minimize cuts to higher education during a second day of public education budget hearings Jan. 26. BSU ...

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