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Panel discussion on delay of Idaho Medicaid expansion set Monday at Statehouse

Though Gov. Butch Otter has put the topic off for a second year, the conversation continues about whether to expand Medicaid to about 100,000 more Idahoans. The Idaho Jobs Coalition is hosting a forum titled, “The High Cost of Low

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Third Super PAC — this one Idaho-based — to back Congressman Simpson

The state’s most influential business group — the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry — has established a new Super PAC in large part to support eight-term Republican Congressman Mike Simpson’s re-election in 2014. IACI President Alex LaBeau said Friday

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Despite silence and unanimous committee vote, IACI’s not playing dead on tax bill

Conventional wisdom after Tuesday morning’s unanimous vote for personal property tax relief  in the fast-tracked House Bill 315  holds that the battle between partial and all-out repeal is over. “I think it’s greased,” said House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston.

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Counties appear to have upper hand on Idaho personal property tax repeal

Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke said a new personal property tax bill will follow the model of House Bill 272, which is sponsored by the Idaho Association of Counties and Idaho Association of Cities. The new measure will

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Long personal property tax hearing ends; one-on-one lobbying to resume

The public, business interests and local governments weighed in for almost three hours Tuesday on two competing bills to repeal or scale back personal property taxes on business equipment in Idaho. House Bill 272 would exempt the first $100,000 of

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