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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)

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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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Idaho to take over privately run state prison

Idaho will take over the operation of its largest prison from one of the nation’s biggest corrections contractors, abruptly ending an experiment with privatization at a facility that has been plagued by understaffing, multiple lawsuits and allegations of contract fraud. ...

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Judge blocks part of Boise’s panhandling ordinance (access required)

A federal judge put a halt to part of the city of Boise’s new panhandling restrictions on the same day they went into effect. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge sided with the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, saying ...

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Idaho lawsuit tops national group’s ‘most ridiculous’ list

A lawsuit by a group of Idaho inmates blaming beer brewers for their lives of crime was the top vote-getter in a national survey of the top 10 most ridiculous lawsuits of 2013. The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Chamber Institute for ...

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