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Hire One no more: business tax credit doesn’t get Senate hearing (access required)

A job tax credit touted in Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s State of the State speech that easily passed the Idaho House has stalled since moving over to the Senate. That dead-end means a tax credit for adding new employees ...

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Church nonprofit suing for property tax exemption on nursing operation (access required)

A religious nonprofit is headed to court to protest an Ada County decision to charge the group property taxes on one of its holdings. The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society has asked an Ada County District Court judge to review ...

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Senate, House hear pleas for LGBT protections

A lesbian woman told Senate and House members March 20 she once lived in fear her sexual orientation would be discovered by her employer. Mistie Tolman spoke to the joint State Affairs committees during a forum on updating Idaho’s Human ...

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling on unfair debt collection claims could quell suits (access required)

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing successful defendants in civil unfair debt collection claims to be awarded attorney fees and costs without a showing that the plaintiff brought the claim in bad faith will likely spur lawyers on both sides ...

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Idaho House easily backs personal property tax cut

The Idaho House voted 67-2 March 19 to eliminate the personal property tax for about 90 percent of Idaho businesses, favoring a plan by counties over a broader industry proposal that lawmakers decided was too expensive. The bill flew through ...

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Counties’ revised personal property tax plan includes operating property (access required)

The Idaho Association of Counties has revised its plan to remove the state’s personal property taxes for many Idaho businesses to include operating property, which would provide tax relief for utilities. The new version of the tax shift would also ...

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