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the Idaho Legislature’s Property Taxes and Revenue Expenditures Study Committee

Idaho legislator proposes new exemption to address property tax shifts

BY: - August 27, 2021

In an effort to address widening tax burdens between commercial and residential properties each year and to bring stability to the system, Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell, is working on a proposal that would create a new exemption in Idaho’s tax code. Rice discussed the idea at a meeting Friday of the Legislature’s Property Taxes and […]

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In need of housing help? Boise organization announces more pop-up events 

BY: - August 24, 2021

Jesse Tree, a Boise nonprofit organization that works to prevent eviction and homelessness, announced in a press release it will hold eight rental assistance pop-up events between now and Sept. 22. The first one will take place from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Nampa Housing Authority, 211 19th Ave. N. The staff is […]

Map showing population change in Idaho counties

Census 2020 data illustrates Idaho’s urban, rural divide

BY: and - August 20, 2021

Although Idaho was the second-fastest growing state in the country and home to one of the United States’ fastest-growing cities, U.S. Census Bureau data shows how unequally divided that growth was.  While Meridian was highlighted as the fourth-fastest growing city in the country from 2010-2020, Meridian wasn’t even the fastest growing city in Idaho. A […]

Ash+River housing development in Boise

Housing for the ‘missing middle’: Boise development recognized nationally 

BY: - August 17, 2021

With no state-level support for affordable housing solutions, organizations like the Capital City Development Corporation must come up with their own developments to fill housing needs, especially for those in the “missing middle” of area median income. One of the Boise-based redevelopment agency’s most recent projects, Ash+River Townhomes, is a finalist for an Urban Land […]

Native American tribes ask to be included in Idaho redistricting process

BY: - August 17, 2021

Representatives from Idaho’s Native American tribes asked Monday to be included in the state’s redistricting process, which is expected to kick off next month.  The request came during the first 2021 meeting of the Idaho Council of Indian Affairs, which is made up of state legislators, tribal members and a representative from Gov. Brad Little’s […]

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New 2020 Census data shows Meridian was one of the 10 fastest growing cities in the U.S.

BY: - August 12, 2021

Meridian was the fourth fastest-growing city in the country over the past decade, with its population increasing by more than 56% to reach 117,634 people, according to new 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. That’s up from a population of 75,092 in 2010. “I don’t think it’s much of a surprise; all of the […]

With the clock ticking, Idaho’s redistricting process is about to get under way

BY: - August 12, 2021

  Idaho is about a month away from beginning a redistricting process that will have far-reaching effects on politics and elections in the Gem State for the next decade.  Idaho’s Citizen Committee on Reapportionment is expected to convene its first meeting in September to begin the process of redrawing legislative and congressional boundaries.  The process […]

‘Once-in-a-generation opportunity’: Idaho officials react to national infrastructure bill

BY: - August 11, 2021

An infrastructure bill that includes more than $2.5 billion in dedicated funding for Idaho passed the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, with “yes” votes from both of Idaho’s Republican senators. According to a statement from Republican Sen. Mike Crapo about the bill, it includes $1.9 billion in funding for road construction, repair and maintenance alone. The […]

COMMENTARY
A house for sale in the North End of Boise on March 21, 2021.

We must address our housing crisis. Funding Idaho’s trust fund for first time is a way to start.

BY: - August 11, 2021

Idaho continues to make national news for its booming real estate market as people flock to the Gem State in droves, causing home values and rental costs to skyrocket.  As a result, people who’ve lived here for generations are being forced to move to other states. In some cases, Idahoans are losing their housing and […]

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North Idaho businesses identify housing as severe issue affecting success

BY: - August 9, 2021

The task force that will examine workforce housing needs in the Sandpoint area of Idaho will have its first meeting on Monday to discuss the issue of a lack of affordable housing and how it is affecting local businesses. The task force is led by Mayor Shelby Rognstad and includes individuals from the area’s largest […]

For rent sign in Boise

Need help paying rent? These pop-up events can connect you with financial assistance

BY: - August 4, 2021

Jesse Tree, a Boise nonprofit organization that works to prevent eviction and homelessness, announced in a release it will hold rental assistance pop-up events over the coming months, with the first one taking place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at Western Idaho Community Action Partnership, 502 Main St. in Caldwell. The staff is […]

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Biden urges state and local leaders to postpone evictions while rental aid is distributed

BY: - August 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday called on state and local governments to put their own pause on evictions for at least two months, and urged them to use $46.5 billion provided by the coronavirus relief package for tenants and landlords. But the White House said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]