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U.S. Supreme Court hears severance pay case (access required)

Is a severance package a form of employment income, or does it constitute a supplemental unemployment benefit? The answer makes a big difference when it comes to income taxes, and it’s now up to the justices of the U.S. Supreme ...

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Bill to help payday loan borrowers passes Senate

A plan to give people who use payday loans more leeway in settling their debt passed the Idaho Senate. The bill, which passed 21-13 March 10, would let borrowers set up a payment plan to return the money if they ...

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Idaho lawyers’ salaries are close to national average (access required)

The good news first: If you can find a job, you might get a raise that’s bigger than you hoped. The bad news: Finding full-time employment as a lawyer is tougher than as it has ever been. According to Robert ...

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Eminent domain bill may make state pay court costs

A plan to provide financial relief for Idahoans who successfully fight the government’s seizure of their land under eminent domain is headed to the Senate floor. Under the bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, a government agency that changes ...

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Micron to pay $66.7 million in antitrust lawsuit

Boise-based computer chip maker Micron Technology has agreed to pay about $66.7 million to settle an antitrust lawsuit. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced the settlement of the lawsuit Idaho and 34 other states brought against Micron and 11 other makers ...

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House OKs shifting cigarette tax to roads, water

Millions in tax revenue from Idaho’s cigarette sales is closer to flowing toward the state’s scarred-up highway asphalt and its drought-depleted aquifers. The House voted 63-4 on Feb. 28 to redirect cash from the state’s 56 cent-per-pack tax — it ...

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Tax cuts, which could attract businesses, closer to passage (access required)

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An Idaho House panel approved a plan to cut income taxes incrementally over time, starting with a 0.1 percentage point cut in 2015. The measure, approved on a largely party-line vote, is intended to help attract more companies to Idaho, ...

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Idaho judge keeps broadband fight alive in courts

A judge in Boise kept alive a bitter fight over whether state officials illegally awarded a $60 million contract to build Idaho’s Idaho Education Network broadband system, a decision that puts millions in taxpayer funding in limbo. Fourth District Judge ...

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