Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Tuesday, May 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 51° Partly Cloudy

Tags


Everything tagged


Sort by:

Stories tagged: Idaho Economy


Eye on Boise: Denney gets a do-over on his budget

Eight days after a stunned Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said lawmakers had “gutted” his budget, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee did a re-do, and relented on providing $1.2 million …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Idaho Senate votes to dump non-compete law that gave state a black eye

The Idaho Senate voted 29-5 on Monday in favor of legislation to reverse a 2016 change in Idaho law that made it easier for employers to sue former employees over …


Eye on Boise: Labrador says Idaho’s government ‘needs to be slashed’

When Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, speaking via video, was asked to address tax policy last week at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference, he said Idaho’s government “needs …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

Idaho’s October revenues took a hit as state made catch-up payment to Meridian developer

Idaho state tax revenues fell below forecasts in October for the first time this fiscal year, coming in $8 million short – and a quarter of the shortfall was because …


Idaho unemployment drops again, to 3.1%

Unemployment in Idaho dropped to 3.1 percent in June, the fourth consecutive month that the seasonally adjusted rate fell; it was 3.2 percent in May, and 3.8 percent in June …


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Idaho tax revenues exceed annual forecast by nearly $94 million

Idaho’s state tax revenues for the month of June came in nearly $30 million higher than projected – 8.8 percent above forecasts and 9.9 percent higher than the previous June …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

Idaho Gov. Otter wants more education improvements, tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, in his annual address to the business community on Wednesday, touted the state’s current economic growth and said it’s proof his strategy during the recession worked, …


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Idaho population forecast to grow at three times national rate for next decade, with biggest gain in retirees

A new forecasting model developed by an Idaho Department of Labor regional economist with a math background suggests Idaho’s population will grow at three times the national rate between now …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 4:14 p.m.

Eye on Boise: Idaho bills would let passing cars speed up legally, ban police from profiling motorcyclists

What if you’re on a two-lane road, and you want to pass another motorist who’s going a couple of miles below the speed limit, but just to get past them …


Lawmakers may try to do more to boost jobs in rural Idaho

Idaho lawmakers may consider expanding a jobs incentive that state officials say already is generating hundreds of new jobs in the state; Sandpoint Sen. Shawn Keough says it could do …


Eye on Boise: If trends hold, Idaho could have sizable budget surplus

State tax revenues are coming in ahead of forecasts, and if current trends hold, Idaho could have a substantial budget surplus by the end of the current fiscal year.


Eye on Boise: Idaho’s growing Hispanic population a factor in education, economy

Hispanics accounted for 42 percent of the enrollment growth in Idaho’s public schools in the last five years, according to a new report from the University of Idaho’s McClure Center …


Despite small raise, Idaho state workers lose ground on pay

Even though Idaho raised its state employees’ pay last year, the state has actually lost ground compared to the market, with a new report showing state worker pay lags 22.6% …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2015, 7:33 p.m.

Idaho economists say more tax cuts won’t spur state’s economy

As the Idaho Legislature’s Tax Working Group ponders whether to cut Idaho’s income tax rates in an effort to spur economic growth – as Idaho did previously in 2012 and …


Increasing per-capita personal income in Idaho reflects improving economy

BOISE – Idaho’s per-capita personal income has jumped from 49th in the nation to 47th, a change from 2012-13 that state officials say is a real, inflation-adjusted sign that the …


Betsy Z. Russell: Recount confirms results of Stevenson, Rudolph race

The recount has been completed in the District 6 Idaho House race in Nez Perce County, and the outcome was the same as it was on election night: Freshman Rep. …


Campaign ad attributes Idaho’s recovering economy to Otter

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s latest campaign commercial features a real estate broker crediting the GOP governor with turning around the state’s economy and looking out for “all industries.” …


Tax break coaxes airline to consider Boise

BOISE – A new tax break is credited with coaxing an airline to build a Boise maintenance facility with the promise of 100 new jobs. The company, which will be …


Center’s study ties Idaho economic doldrums to tax, education policy

BOISE – Idaho’s economic performance is declining on the heels of a “dramatic erosion in resources” due to tax policy changes and falling investments in K-12 and higher education, according …


Eye on Boise: Former GOP Chairman Peterson confirms Thorpe’s exit

BOISE – Embattled former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson, who maintains he’s still the party chairman, confirmed Friday that he’s changed the locks at the state party offices and …


Idaho debates worker raises

BOISE – Idaho has funded only one raise for state employees in the past five years, and lawmakers are balking at Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to skip raises again next …


Idaho lawmakers leery of Otter’s state worker pay plan

Idaho has funded one 2 percent raise for state employees in the past five years, prompting lawmakers to balk at Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to pass them over for raises …


Eye on Boise: Backup legislators set to substitute

When the Idaho Legislature convenes on Monday, it’ll have two unaccustomed faces in its midst: substitutes designated by North Idaho lawmakers to fill in for them short-term due to health …


Idaho’s House speaker presses labor chief on how to rise above bottom-rung wages

BOISE – Idaho has the worst wages in the nation. The Famous Potatoes state ranks 50th for average annual wage, per-capita income and wage increases since 2007. It also has …


Pay for Idaho state workers continues to fall

BOISE – Pay for Idaho state employees has now slipped to 19 percent below market rates, according to the latest state report, a gap that’s been growing for the past …


Gov. Otter: ‘More of the same’ in next legislative session

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is promising “more of the same” for Idaho’s upcoming legislative session – with a lean, cautious approach to new spending or programs, despite the …


Eye on Boise: Branden Durst resigns from state Senate for family reasons

BOISE – A Democratic state senator from Boise resigned from the Senate last week, several months after news reports suggested he’d actually already left the state. Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise, …


Eye on Boise: Crapo, Risch say anti-discrimination laws best left to states

BOISE – When the U.S. Senate voted 64-32 last week in favor of legislation to ban workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians, 10 Republicans joined 52 Democrats and two independents …


Clif Bar plans bakery in Twin Falls

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A private California-based company that makes energy bars and other nutritional products has announced plans to build a 300,000-square foot baking facility in Twin Falls.


Eye on Boise: Otter’s housing stipend to resume

BOISE – Former longtime chief state economist Mike Ferguson analyzed the latest state tax revenue news – which showed revenues surging 13.2 percent over forecasts for April, the biggest tax …