Growth + Affordability

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Idaho bankruptcy rates are down. A lot. But things may not be what they seem.

BY: - May 25, 2022

When the pandemic arrived — prompting mass layoffs and short-lived restrictions on business activity — Idaho’s bankruptcy lawyers were told to expect the worst. “We were preparing for a tsunami of case filings” in the spring of 2020, said Stephen W. Kenyon, clerk of the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho. […]

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As inflation grows, the adjustable-rate mortgage makes a comeback in Idaho

BY: - May 23, 2022

A home loan made famous by the 1980s era of double-digit interest rates — then made infamous by the mid-2000s mortgage crisis — is making a comeback in Idaho. The Federal Reserve, the country’s central banking system, is raising interest rates. As a result, mortgage lenders such as Zions Bank report more homebuyers are opting […]

A McDonald's in Boise advertises it is hiring for $11 per hour.

Idaho unemployment breaks another record, drops to ‘historic low’ of 2.6%

BY: - May 20, 2022

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6% in April, down from March’s rate of 2.7%, the Idaho Department of Labor announced Friday. The Twin Falls metro area had the largest jump in non-agricultural employment last month, the department said, with a 1.4% increase. The Twin Falls area also had the largest year-over-year increase in employment: […]

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Hispanics are a growing driver of Idaho’s economy, with millions in buying power

BY: - May 16, 2022

Restaurateurs. Importers of artisan goods from Mexico. A horticulturist. A photographer. A family with untapped savings. Nearly all of Idaho’s racial and ethnic groups saw their buying power expand faster than the U.S. average over 10 years, according to a new Idaho Department of Labor report. But with a growing number of Hispanic Idahoans in […]

The Boise Centre downtown.

Upcoming job fair in Boise includes openings in hospitality, recreation, sales

BY: - April 22, 2022

Employers from several industries will be at a job fair in Boise next Wednesday. The job fair runs from 1-5 p.m. on April 27 at Taft Elementary School gymnasium, 3722 W. Anderson St. Employers will include Darigold, DirecTV, Frito Lay, Inn at 400 Capitol, Boise Centre, Roaring Springs, Treasure Valley Family YMCA, Ada County Highway […]

Ed Pumphreys campaign vandalism

Idaho gubernatorial candidate files police report after campaign signs vandalized

BY: - April 12, 2022

Idaho Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Humphreys has filed a police report after several of his campaign signs were slashed and vandalized. Humphreys’ campaign team sent out a press release Monday that the campaign signs were vandalized and included photos of the signs.  The campaign issued a statement saying that signs and banners are a form […]

Boise City Hall

City of Boise to begin redistricting process for City Council elections

BY: - April 12, 2022

City of Boise leaders will begin the state-mandated city redistricting process tonight with a public hearing on a draft ordinance to create the Boise Districting Commission.  The process is important because it will shape city council elections — from which candidates get to run for the Boise City Council, to which voters are eligible to […]

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‘Sitting on a time bomb’: Mobile home residents at risk in red-hot housing market

BY: - April 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Jon Zang walks his dog several times a day in his mobile home community in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. It’s quiet, as most of his neighbors are at work. But he often wonders how many more walks he and his bulldog mix, Ladybug, will have down the streets of the place he’s called […]

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Idaho Senate approves gap financing fund for workforce housing

BY: - March 22, 2022

The Idaho Senate passed the bill providing $50 million to a workforce housing fund on Tuesday, using federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help build about 1,000 units of housing across Idaho. House Bill 701 passed 26-9 and was narrowly approved by the House of Representatives earlier this month. The program would provide grants […]

Sen. Jim Rice

Idaho Legislature introduces property tax reduction bill

BY: - March 4, 2022

A new bill introduced Friday in the Idaho Legislature is designed to reduce property taxes and increase the state’s sales tax.  Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell, is sponsoring the bill, which has not yet been posted online to the Legislature’s website as of Friday afternoon. The bill is expected to be available online Monday.  Rice’s bill […]

COMMENTARY
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Idaho should not let big property managers victimize hard-pressed renters

BY: - February 9, 2022

The Idaho House of Representatives has handed large property owners and managers a significant victory that will come back to bite many hard-pressed residential renters. House Bill 442, which passed on a 54-14 vote on Feb. 7, will allow landlords and property management companies to impose additional financial burdens on renters in cities where affordable […]

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Housing nonprofit launches donor campaign to house more Treasure Valley families

BY: - January 28, 2022

Boise nonprofit housing program CATCH has launched a new monthly giving campaign called CATCH 22, as a theme for 2022. The program has a goal of housing 22 families experiencing homelessness this year through $22 monthly donations, according to the release. CATCH housed 150 families who were experiencing homelessness in 2021, the release said, which […]