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Federal tax bill could have big implications for Idaho’s state budget

Idaho officials say the federal tax reform bill currently being finalized in Congress likely will have a huge impact on state revenue collections, but they aren't sure yet whether the effect will be positive or negative, the Lewiston Tribune reports. Estimates from various state agencies suggest the tax reform effort could...

Gem State surplus

Idaho has more money than economists expected. A lot more money. 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 – bringing state tax revenues for the fiscal year to $93.9 million ahead of forecast. That's some rainy day fund! CH

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 – bringing state tax revenues for the fiscal year that ended June 30 to $93.9 million ahead of forecasts.

EORAC adopts the governor’s revenue forecast on 17-1 vote

Rep. Marc Gibbs, R-Grace, co-chairman of the joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee, said the committee’s recommendation will go to JFAC, which will make the final decisions on budgeting for next year. “The numbers are so close that it really doesn’t make any difference...

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 for Public Policy Research. In fact, 10 Idaho school districts – and eight Idaho counties, including Boundary County – would have lost population from 2010 to 2014...