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Governor Brad Little out to slay more red-tape dragons (access required)

Photo: Governor Brad Little holds up Executive Order 2020-13 which he had just signed at his June 22 press conference.

Gov. Brad Little is still on his quest to rescue Princess Idaho from red-tape dragons. At a June 22 press conference, Little signed a new executive order to make the temporary streamlining of state rules for the COVID-19 crisis into ...

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A word with Christopher Pooser, partner at Stoel Rives, on the Main Street Relief Project (access required)

COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for companies of every size, but small businesses are often more vulnerable to economic upheavals. Lacking the resources to weather the storm, many are battling to continue operations. To help these businesses survive, reopen and reestablish themselves, Stoel ...

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Idaho Commission on the Arts to relocate offices next month (access required)

The Idaho Commission on the Arts will relocate to a new office on West Emerald Street this July. “We’ll move into a modern office building,” said Michael Faison, the commission’s executive director. “It’s easier to coordinate and collaborate because it’ll ...

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Swamped unemployment call center begs for more agents (access required)

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The Idaho Department of Labor opened a temporary call center of 30 agents on June 1 to help reduce the state’s flood of unemployment claims. The volume of calls sent it underwater immediately, so Labor requested, and received, $3 million ...

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Idaho Department of Commerce funds two startup projects (access required)

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The Idaho Department of Commerce has awarded two grants, totaling more than $460,000, that will help two Idaho companies bring new technologies to market. The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission program, through the Department of Commerce, offers grants to Idaho’s three ...

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Idaho stumbles in its COVID-19 battle to reopen for business (access required)

Governor Brad Little at the June 11 press conference.

Idaho’s plan to reboot the state’s economy after COVID-19 almost stalled in the second week of June. At the same time, the neighboring states of Utah and Oregon put the brakes on their reopening plans due to resurgences of the ...

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Justices rule LGBT people protected from job discrimination

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court. The court decided by a 6-3 ...

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NCAA says it will review Idaho’s transgender law in August

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — NCAA officials will discuss Idaho’s law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports amid calls for the organization to move men’s basketball tournament games scheduled to be played in the state next March. In a ...

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Idaho startups take advantage of federal funding program (access required)

Some Idaho startups are starting to take more advantage of a federal program intended to help turn technologies into products. The program is Small Business Innovation Research, and 11 federal agencies, ranging from the Department of Agriculture to the National ...

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Government relaxes requirements on COVID-19 loan program (access required)

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Interested in a Paycheck Protection Program loan from the federal government? You only have until the end of the month to get it. While the Small Business Administration announced plans to implement the PPP Flexibility Act — passed by Congress on ...

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