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February tax revenue tops state forecast

Idaho’s tax revenue through the first eight months of the fiscal year 2012 is $32.7 million ahead of forecasts after strong collections in February were combined with lower-than-expected refunds. Through February, Idaho has collected $1.64 billion, well above the $1.5 ...

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No GOP presidential polls in Idaho (access required)

Republican presidential candidates have paid lots of attention to Idaho in the 2012 presidential election process, but pollsters have ignored the state, not releasing a single public poll for the March 6 caucus. Reasons for the lack of polls include ...

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Proposed White House budget outlines legal priorities (access required)

The proposed fiscal 2013 budget released by the White House in February outlines a number of the administration’s priorities related to lawyers, from an increase in enforcement of federal employment and labor laws to more focused attention on food and ...

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Port proliferation plan stalls in House (access required)

An effort by northern Idaho leaders to create more port districts in Idaho has run aground on opposition from Republicans on an Idaho House panel. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted Feb. 27 to hold the port district legislation ...

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Lawmakers mull proposed fix to tax shifts (access required)

A House committee has voted in favor of a bill that aims to prevent tax-shifting. The proposal by Idaho House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, would prevent a tax burden from shifting when a tax-exempt entity purchased a previously taxable ...

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U.S. Supreme Court to decide who pays the cost of translators (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether the costs of document translators are covered under a federal statute that requires the losing party in litigation to pay for “compensation for interpreters.” The case, Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, involves ...

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Developers would get tax break under proposal (access required)

Part of real estate developers’ projects would be exempt from property tax for a period under a bill the Idaho House of Representatives is considering. House Bill 519 would exempt the value of improvements such as streets and utilities until ...

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