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Judge: Public can’t see Idaho prison settlement

A federal judge has refused to unseal a settlement agreement between an Idaho inmate and a private prison company involving allegations of rampant violence at a lockup near Boise known as “Gladiator School.” The Associated Press had asked the court ...

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Judge Orders Idaho To Increase Some Medicaid Rates (access required)

A federal judge has ordered Idaho to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for businesses that provide residential care to developmentally disabled residents. The ruling could cost the state $4 million. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill made the ruling Dec. 12. ...

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As property values decline, some surprised by higher tax bills (access required)

Sarah Boatman had planned spending the final weeks of the year wrapping Christmas presents for her three-and-half-year-old daughter and preparing for the birth of a baby boy in January. That was before her mortgage holder notified her in late November ...

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Advocates for tobacco tax increase will try again next year (access required)

It’ll be Take Two next year for a coalition of Idaho health organizations that want to raise Idaho’s tobacco tax, though they’ll still face strong opposition from lawmakers wanting to hold the line on taxes as well as smokers and ...

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Seven of Idaho’s looming state budget issues

After facing large budget deficits for several years, Idaho lawmakers likely have a less dire budget to deal with in the legislative session. Yet after Gov. “C.L.” Butch Otter unveils his next state budget in just over a month, lawmakers ...

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Boise County to increase taxes after failed bankruptcy (access required)

Boise County must pay a developer $5.4 million under a court-enforced settlement that followed a failed attempt at bankruptcy protection under Chapter 9. In a settlement enforced by a federal court’s order for payment, the rural county northeast of Boise ...

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EEOC cuts charge inventory for first time in nine years (access required)

In the same year that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received the largest number new discrimination charges in its 46-year history, the agency also reduced its current charge backlog by 10 percent – the first such reduction in almost a ...

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Estate tax law gives spouses extra protection, but has drawbacks (access required)

The new estate tax “portability” provision, which allows surviving spouses to benefit from the unused exclusion from their spouse’s estate, was a welcome part of the federal tax law enacted late last year for estate planning attorneys and their clients. ...

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