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Idaho lawmakers, Otter agree on revenue forecast

In a rare move since the Great Recession hit the state, Idaho lawmakers decided Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s tax revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year wasn’t too optimistic. The Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee voted 14-4 Dec. 8 ...

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Unemployment taxes dropping (access required)

The drop in unemployment in Idaho in 2012 is good news for workers, but it also will start saving money for employers. Businesses will pay $50 million less into the state’s unemployment insurance in 2013, since the state is now ...

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Otter proposes streamlining new hire tax credit (access required)

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter wants to simplify and potentially broaden a business tax credit he championed in 2010 that’s had an uncertain impact so far. The Hire One Act offers employers a credit for new hires who get a ...

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Otter calls for secure mental health facility (access required)

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Jan. 7 put his support behind a plan for the state Department of Correction to build a secure mental health facility near Boise. Department of Correction Director Brent Reinke hopes to issue $70 million ...

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Utah Supreme Court says bar rule doesn’t violate Idaho lawyer’s ADA rights (access required)

Federal disability discrimination law does not require the waiver of a state bar’s examination requirement for an experienced out-of-state lawyer who was periodically forced to cease active practice due to depression, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled. Utah allows a ...

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Ownership of digital assets is a concern for estate planners (access required)

So much of an individual’s life now appears online, including bills, Facebook accounts and photo-sharing websites. But what happens to those assets when a person dies? It should be standard practice for lawyers to advise clients to include digital assets ...

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Idaho bar owner sent to prison, could lose resort

A Fruitland bar owner who pleaded guilty to income tax evasion, illegal gambling and conspiracy to commit money laundering was sentenced to nearly four years in prison and ordered to give up a small hotel he built in Mexico. U.S. ...

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Company behind national fungal meningitis outbreak files for bankruptcy (access required)

The medical compounding company behind the fungal meningitis outbreak and a defendant in numerous lawsuits has filed for bankruptcy. New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts-based company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Boston on Dec. 21 amid a barrage of ...

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