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Idaho contracts under scrutiny amid Syringa Networks ruling, report

The Idaho Supreme Court didn’t mince words in its decision March 29 about a disputed state contract, saying the Department of Administration’s former head apparently tinkered with bidding to help the state’s biggest phone company win a share of a ...

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Idaho asserts power over Boise in garage fight

In a battle of state versus local control, Idaho is taking steps to override the city of Boise if its leaders fail to approve a new parking garage near the Capitol by next month. On March 27, the Senate State ...

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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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