President Obama Signs Legislation Designating Boulder-White Clouds Region New Wilderness Area

After years of environmentalists' advocacy and a decade of support from Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, the Boulder-White Clouds region is now a protected wilderness area. Just three days ago, President Obama signed legislation granting the strongest level of protection given to public land to 275,665 acres to be designated as three separate wilderness areas: the Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness, the White Clouds Wilderness, and the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness. 

Idaho Chamber Alliance's Lobbyist Developing Plan for Local Option Sales Tax

via Idaho Business Review

John Watts, a lobbyist for the Idaho Chamber Alliance (of which the Boise Chamber is an active member), is working with Sen. Chuck Winder (R-Boise) on a more acceptable version of a local option sales tax increase. Money raised from this tax increase could help cover utility costs and infrastructure or other public amenities like parks, projects that would help attract more businesses to Idaho. 

Boise Chamber Endorses Add the Words, Uber Amongst Other Local & State-Wide Issues

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has added several statewide and local issues to its 2015 legislative agenda. The local issues include support for the Gowen STRONG coalition, the LIV Boise Early Childhood Education Initiative, the St. Luke’s Master Plan, and Uber’s operations in Boise.

Roads, Taxes, Economic Development Top Boise Metro Chamber’s Wish List for 2015

Why the Tax Reimbursement Incentives Compel Businesses to Choose Idaho

A majority of last week's Legislative Forum centered on recent success stories of the Tax Reimbursement Incentives (TRI), passed in July 2014. Two companies that chose to relocate and expand their business in Idaho because of the TRI were featured speakers at the forum. Representatives from Amy's Kitchen and Diversified Fluid Solutions shared why they chose Idaho and how the TRI gave our state an unmatched edge to help bring these businesses and more jobs to Idaho.

Chamber's Legislative Forum Focuses on Tax Reimbursement Incentive's Success

The Boise Chamber hosted our annual Legislative Forum yesterday afternoon at the Boise Centre. Local businesspeople and state legislators were invited to enjoy lunch while learning about the Chamber's 2015 Legislative Agenda.

Chamber Applauds Governor's Plan to Lower Idaho's Income Tax

On Monday during his State of the State address, Governor Butch Otter highlighted a five-year plan to reduce the state's income tax rate, a move that businesses in Idaho have been rallying in support of for several years. In a proposal to lower Idaho's corporate and individual income tax from 7.4 percent to 6.9 percent, Governor Otter's plan would  eventually eliminate the top tax bracket, affecting individual taxpayers earning $10,718 or more per year and couples filing jointly earning at least $21,436.

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