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Bill to give ITD ‘design-build’ authority revived (access required)

A House committee has voted to print a bill that would give the Idaho Transportation Department power to hire contractors through a “design-build” bidding process, allowing administrators to forego a “lowest bidder” approach if it might save time and money. ...

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Bill that would restrict cities’ use of local improvement districts stumbles (access required)

A bill that would restrict Idaho cities’ powers to create special taxing districts to pay for infrastructure – an effort to target Boise’s proposed streetcar project – has been tripped up in a House committee. Mayors and councilmen from across ...

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House bills seek to restore debt powers

An Idaho House committee has agreed to consider three bills that would clarify the right of hospitals, airports and municipal power companies to go into long-term debt if they repay what they owe with user fees or revenue from their ...

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Canyon County Development Services gets new director

Kevin LoPiccolo on Feb. 22 is slated to take the reins of the Canyon County Development Services Department as director, the Caldwell-based Board of Canyon County Commissioners announced. He comes to Canyon County from Utah, where he has been serving ...

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Small business sees good in regulation (access required)

The Obama Administration’s new proposals for Wall Street Reforms will have an impact – but how much of impact is uncertain. When Jospeh Alcala and Michaile Metro discussed the situation with me, they both said that reform needs to happen ...

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Governor’s Business Summit misses mark

The state Department of Commerce recorded 351 pages worth of testimony from 41 panelists at Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s first-ever Business Summit on Aug. 31 and condensed it all down to a list of eight policy recommendations to “improve business ...

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