IACI president firm on getting rid of personal property tax

Mitch Coffman Headlines

Earlier this week, presentations were given in the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee regarding the repeal of the personal property tax. The hearing was to receive input on the Entin Study, commissioned by the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry (IACI) in 2007 to determine the impact of repealing the tax, which, for example, requires businesses to assess and …

Senate transportation chairman equates road and bridge maintenance to owning a home (video)

Mitch Coffman Headlines, Video

(Note: This is the second installment of a two-part interview with Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. For part one, click here.) These days, it seems nearly everyone is struggling for a bit more income. Families and individuals are prioritizing what they need, versus what they want, and choosing accordingly. Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, …

Senate transportation chairman doubtful GARVEE funds will be approved by Legislature (video)

Mitch Coffman Headlines, Video

(Note: This is the first installment of a two-part interview with Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.) The Idaho speaker of the House, Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, believes the remaining funds available for road and bridge work financed in part by GARVEE bonds could pass this session of the Legislature after not making it through …

Right-to-work expansion laws overturned

Mitch Coffman Uncategorized

Two bills passed by the Idaho Legislature during the 2011 session have been overturned. SB 1006 and SB 1007 sought to expand the right-to-work law in Idaho, effectively banning project labor agreements and job targeting programs. U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill said that “Nothing about a job targeting program … makes union membership compulsory. Because Idaho is a right-to-work state, …

Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane may have abused state gas card privileges

Mitch Coffman Uncategorized

According to the Associated Press, Idaho state Treasurer Ron Crane has racked up charges on his state credit card for fuel that he shouldn’t have, to the tune of about $6,900 over the last three years. Idaho Legislative Services, which conducts an audit of the treasurer’s office at least once every three years, found the discrepancy. Crane believes that he …

Feds give OK to online gambling, but it is not likely to happen in Idaho

Mitch Coffman Headlines

In mid-December, while most of the country was preparing for the holidays, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) quietly reversed its decision regarding the 1961 Wire Act. The DOJ says the act applies to online sports betting, but not other forms of gambling such as online poker or tickets sales. This could potentially open the door for states to …