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Department of Labor wants to clamp down on corporate unemployment benefits (access required)

Some Idaho businesses have used the unemployment benefits paid to corporate officers – during self-imposed layoffs – to pay company bills in slow financial times. Officials at the Idaho Department of Labor have promoted state legislation aimed at stopping that ...

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Speaker’s bill would equalize cigarette taxes (access required)

To prepare for a proposed tax that would raise the price of cigarettes by $1.25 a pack, House Speaker Lawerence Denney has a tax plan of his own: a bill that would do away with the tax breaks given to ...

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AG’s office helping to reduce mortgage-related complaints (access required)

Idaho’s Attorney General said complaints related to loan modification programs topped the list of consumer complaints in 2010. In a report released Feb. 22, Lawrence Wasden said his office received 261 complaints in 2010, compared to 109 the year prior. ...

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Wind project viability has many variables (access required)

As a wind farm developer, Idaho Windfarms manager Glenn Ikemoto gathers site information and entitlements, finalizes a power purchase agreement with a utility and markets the project to an investor who will pay for equipment. An Idaho sales tax rebate ...

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House panel endorses labor-related public works changes (access required)

The Idaho House State Affairs Committee on Feb. 16 voted to send two labor-related bills to the full House floor with a do-pass recommendation, committee Secretary Camille Luna said. The proposed Open Access to Work Act, Senate Bill 1006, would ...

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Imperial Oil shrinks Lewiston megaloads (access required)

Imperial Oil is modifying 33 of the 34 modules of equipment stored at the Port of Lewiston for eventual shipment to the Kearl oil sands project in Alberta, Canada. Company spokesman Pius Rolheiser said the work will reduce the modules’ ...

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Beer and wine tax increase would raise little money (access required)

Raising taxes on beer and wine is one of many revenue proposals being discussed by Idaho residents as the state faces a $126 million budget deficit. The tax on beer is 15 cents per gallon, and it’s been the same ...

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Idaho Falls’s Melaleuca settles lawsuit with Utah firm

A Utah company has agreed to pay an Idaho health and home product company $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit. The Post Register reports in a story published Feb. 13 that Max International agreed to pay the money to its ...

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Judge dismisses Syringa Broadband lawsuit

A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a consortium of Idaho telephone companies against the Idaho Department of Administration. Fourth District Judge Patrick H. Owen on Wednesday ruled that Syringa Networks failed to prove allegations that the group was ...

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