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Repealing the grocery tax: What do businesses say?  (access required)

For several years, some legislators and citizens have pushed Idaho to stop charging sales tax on groceries. Proponents say it’s inherently regressive, because lower-income people pay more of their income on groceries than do higher-income people, and it’s immoral to charge sales tax on something people ...

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Record Idaho tax cut clears panel, heads to House for vote

A panel of lawmakers on Tuesday approved the state’s largest-ever tax relief package, voting to send the $600 million tax measure to the full House. “Every Idahoan benefits from this bill,” said Republican Rep. Mike Moyle. “I want to emphasize ...

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Right-wing chaos is bad business  (access required)

Chaos is the new norm after years of Idaho’s single-party politics. Idaho businesses are suffering as a result. The encouraging news is that it’s not too late to step off the destructive path that Idaho’s Republican Party has charted for ...

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Local transportation agencies urge Idaho drivers to use caution in winter driving conditions  (access required)

You might be surprised to hear that Idaho roads are some of the best in the nation. According to recent ConsumerAffairs analysis, Idaho ranked as having the sixth best roads of 2021 out of all 50 states. Factors considered were dollar amount spent per mile of roadway, percentage of “poor” road conditions, ...

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Where are all the Idaho bankruptcies? (access required)

graph showing how Idaho bankruptcy cases peaked in 2010, plateaued in 2016, then dropped 29% in April 2020 , and have dropped ever since so that they are now half of what they were in 2019

Right now, the number of bankruptcy filings is almost one half of what they were in 2019 and almost a quarter of what they were in 2010. This is true both in Idaho and nationally. Bankruptcies suddenly dropped 38% between ...

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Ketchum meets three Warm Springs fundraising milestones (access required)

The approximate location of the proposed 65-acre Warms Springs Preserve in Ketchum at the foot of the northeast spur of Bald Mountain.

The City of Ketchum has a fundraiser going right now to buy the last large piece of open land within city limits for a preserve. It started collecting donations in August last year to buy most of the former Warm Springs ...

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Financial experts share 2022 economic, market outlook  (access required)

Wage pressure remains high and inflation is climbing — dramatically affecting the economy and just about every industry — but what does that mean going forward? Rich Mebius, portfolio manager, and Robert Spendlove, senior vice president and economic and public policy officer, took a crack at answering that question Jan. 4 during Zions Bank’s periodical Economic and Market Outlook presentation.  2022: ‘The year ...

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Childress named president-elect of SMPS Idaho

Renee Childress, marketing specialist at KPFF, has been named president-elect of SMPS Idaho, the first chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services in the state of Idaho and in its inaugural year. 

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A 2022 look ahead at retail   (access required)

photo of downtown idaho falls

The past year has been no stranger to the aftershocks of the ongoing pandemic and the battle that retail and e-commerce have faced during 2021. The upcoming year looks as though it could offer more growth for e-commerce, but traditional ...

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ITD announces executive leadership changes

Idaho Transportation Department has announced changes to the department’s executive leadership team. Dan McElhinney will transition to serve as the department’s next chief deputy this May and will also retain his role as chief operations officer. Incoming department Director Stokes praised McElhinney’s leadership in supporting employees and being results oriented in solving issues.   New to ...

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