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House panel OKs tax rules for same-sex couples

Same-sex couples legally married in other states but living in Idaho must file state income taxes separately, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee said Jan. 14. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee made the decision Jan. 14, over objections this ...

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Idaho manufacturing training and energy research could get more funding (access required)

Two education programs supported by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter would add more than $2 million in funding for programs that could benefit Idaho energy and manufacturing businesses. The governor’s budget includes adding $1 million in added funding for the ...

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Cost of a Boise State football player: $172,415 (access required)

Total operating expenses for each Boise State University scholarship football player were $172,415 in 2011, including scholarships to the university. That outpaced spending at the University of Idaho, Idaho State University and most Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The costs for ...

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State worker count increases, but not in middle-class jobs (access required)

The number of Idaho state employees has increased for the fourth straight year, but there was a drop in middle-income jobs from 2013. A yearly report from the Idaho State Controller’s Office shows that the state had 24,979 employees at ...

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Washington Federal Bank’s new regional president says bank looking to grow business banking (access required)

Washington Federal Bank’s new Idaho Regional President Tom Van Hemelryck says the recently expanded bank is now looking to add to its business banking. Washington Federal, based in Seattle, completed its acquisition of many Bank of America branches in Idaho ...

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NLRB opts not to appeal notice posting rule (access required)

Ending a legal battle over one the most controversial labor law regulations in recent history, the National Labor Relations Board has abandoned plans to seek high court review of two appellate decisions striking down the agency’s notice posting rule. According ...

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Department of Finance accredited for mortgage supervision (access required)

The Idaho Department of Finance has received accreditation for mortgage supervision, becoming the 13th state to receive the relatively new standing from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators. “It’s important recognition. It ...

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Idaho businesses will see lower unemployment insurance taxes in 2014 (access required)

Idaho businesses will save $75 million this year as the state lowers its unemployment insurance tax on business payrolls. 2014 marks the second straight year for a cut in the unemployment tax, as the state trust that pays out unemployment ...

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More state tax cuts could be coming (access required)

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter put $30 million in tax relief in his next budget. But he called that amount a “placeholder” and wouldn’t say if he favored a specific form of tax cuts. During his State of the State ...

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Idaho business leaders predict growth in 2014 (access required)

Idaho business leaders expect to see continued economic growth this year, though it may not approach the rapid growth of pre-recession years. Legislators on the Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee called on industry leaders to brief them as they ...

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