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Gov. Otter: Don’t privatize Idaho liquor stores

Idaho’s chief executive doesn’t want the state’s liquor dispensary sold to the private sector. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says overseeing hard liquor is the proper role of government, since Idaho’s Constitution says it’s the duty of public officials to help ...

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Idaho’s bond plan taking complex route to reality

A Wall Street banker, a lawmaker from Ketchum and an agency director combined to craft a plan to refinance Idaho’s $202.4 million in federal loans that have propped up the state’s unemployment safety net for thousands of workers broadsided by ...

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Internet sales tax hits dead end

House Speaker Lawerence Denney put the brakes on Idaho’s effort to tax Internet sales – at least for now. The bill to join the nationwide push had been introduced Jan. 26 in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. The vote ...

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State board gives Boise visitors bureau additional $279K (access required)

The Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau doesn’t have much cash to pay its employees, but the group lined up even more money this week to continue marketing the city and booking events and conventions. The Idaho Travel Council, which collects ...

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Urban renewal reviews mixed by downtown Caldwell building advocates (access required)

Dick Anderson tries to stay positive about downtown Caldwell, where he has owned and improved commercial buildings for many years. “There’s probably a good case that downtown Caldwell looks a lot better, and it does,” he said, referring to improvements ...

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Urban renewal proposal targets accepted shortcomings (access required)

Idaho Legislators can expect a handful of urban-renewal reform bills this year. Rep. Leon Smith, who chaired the 2010 House Urban Renewal Subcommittee through six weeks of hearings, called the 2010 deliberations, which resulted in no change in law, “last ...

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Tax Commission recoveries rise after hires

Replacing jobs cut during the recession paid off for the Idaho State Tax Commission in the form of increased recoveries. Recoveries totaled $89,370,310 in the first half of Fiscal 2009 (July-December) before dropping to $79,106,015 for the same period of ...

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Beet growers eye litigation, planting schedules (access required)

Beet growers’ planting schedules could run up against an upcoming federal decision on genetically modified seeds. Idaho growers are “anxiously” awaiting a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Idaho Beet Growers Association Executive Director Mark Duffin said. The industry ...

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Boise’s 30th Street redevelopment plan has anticipation, concern (access required)

Emily Yuen is keeping a close eye on development plans in and around 30th Street in Boise. As a nearby homeowner, small business owner, and chairwoman of the 30th Street Extension Committee, which is part of the Veterans Park Neighborhood ...

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