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Idaho official: Revenue bump isn’t what it seems

At first blush, news that Idaho collected $45.5 million more in tax revenue than it projected for February seems a harbinger of better days to come. But state budget chief Wayne Hammon says the picture isn’t quite as rosy as ...

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State’s lawsuit says Coeur d’Alene man owes investors millions (access required)

The state of Idaho has filed suit against a northern Idaho man who allegedly stole about $1.3 million from seven investors over the last few years. Keith Mitchell of Coeur d’Alene is accused of violating the registration and anti-fraud provisions ...

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Gratuity sales tax disappears if bill passes (access required)

Restaurant gratuities would not be subject to sales tax if the Idaho Legislature approves House Bill 213. It would amend a statute to clarify the sales price will not include a gratuity or tip when serving meals, and thus define ...

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Ground Force Manufacturing to add factory space, hire 40 workers (access required)

A Kootenai County company that makes mining industry equipment plans to build a new factory and hire 40 people to staff it within three months. Ground Force Manufacturing, which has 100 employees at a factory in Post Falls, will close ...

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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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