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Idaho state revenue panel predicts 5 percent revenue growth

Idaho lawmakers on an economic outlook committee are predicting that the state will see roughly $3.8 billion in tax revenue in the 2019 fiscal year — a more than 5 percent increase from the previous year, mirroring Gov. C.L. “Butch” ...

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Roundup 1.19.18 (access required)


Hirning Investments LLC purchased 6,000 square feet at 1737 Hurley Drive in Pocatello. Steve Vigliaturo of Premier Properties represented the buyer and Scott Raeber and Mike Christensen of Colliers International represented the landlord. Moniker Real Estate LLC leased 2,409 square ...

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School bathrooms suddenly become problematic (access required)

Gender-inclusive restrooms for Grant High School will have dual entrances and exits, toilets with floor-to-ceiling walls and communal sinks. (Courtesy of Mahlum Architects)

Among the many issues that come up in educational facility projects, bathroom design typically hasn’t been one. It is now. “It is a sensitive issue,” Soderstrom Architects principal Henry Fitzgibbon said. “We have been bogged down on this issue on ...

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Sales of small businesses rose sharply in 2017

A grinder in a machine shop.

A generous lending environment, strong business valuations and demographics combined last year to make 2017 a very strong one for small business sales. The number of sales transactions rose more than 26 percent nationally from the previous year, according to ...

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US home construction tumbled 8.2 percent in December

A home under construction in north Boise.

Groundbreakings on new homes fell 8.2 percent in December, with builders ending 2017 by slowing down their construction of single-family houses. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the monthly decline put U.S. housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annual rate ...

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Tax law gives unexpected break to farmers who sell to co-ops

A sugar beet harvest in Idaho.

Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than regular companies. Lawmakers say they didn’t intend to ...

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Officials: Thousands of Idaho skilled jobs go unfilled

Thousands of science, technology, engineering and math jobs in Idaho are going unfilled each year in Idaho due to a lack of skilled workers, education officials said. Education officials told the state Legislature’s joint budget committee on Jan. 17 that ...

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US homebuilder sentiment slips; outlook remains positive

A home under construction.

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their sales prospects, even as their overall outlook remains favorable ahead of the spring homebuying season. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Jan. 17 slipped in January ...

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Twin Falls achieves metropolitan area status (access required)

Traffic on Blue Lakes Boulevard. Twin Falls will see new federal transportation regulations as a designated metropolitan area. Photo by Liz Patterson.

Twin Falls is the nation’s and Idaho’s newest federal Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Twin Falls MSA, consisting of Twin Falls and Jerome counties, was the only new MSA added to the list of 390 MSAs in the United States (with ...

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