Economy

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Each March for the last eight years, Treefort Music Fest has taken over downtown Boise. The five-day festival starts Wednesday, and will feature headliners Vince Staples, Liz Phair and Toro y Moi alongside hundreds of other musical acts. 

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The size and number of Idaho tax refunds are down this year, due in part to changes in the tax system. 

So far this year, the Idaho Tax Commission has distributed 20,000 fewer tax refunds than the same time in 2018. Around 157,500 refunds have been issued, down more than 11 percent.

The amount of the typical refund has also reduced by more than 17 percent. In 2018, the average refund was about $650. This year it’s $533.

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Tariffs on certain Chinese goods were scheduled to increase from 10% to 25% on March 1. That increase was blocked by the Trump Administration, but the current tariff rate is having an impact on Idaho's family businesses. We look at the scope of that impact with Kirk Adams, a member of the Idaho District Export Council, Jos Zamzow, co-CEO of Zamzows and Melanie Krause, a vintner with Cinder Wines.

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The Idaho Tax Commission is sending letters to taxpayers asking many of them to prove who they really are. It’s not a scam — it’s an attempt to stop fraud.

The National Park Service may have lost millions of dollars in revenue during the recent government shutdown, and recovering from this setback may take a while.

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Medicaid expansion in Idaho passed by a voter initiative in November. Advocates are calling for its implementation while opponents are holding it up in the courts and the statehouse. We'll get the latest on the effort to close the health insurance gap in the Gem State.

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Gabriel Iacoboni felt the best way to fight homelessness is to prevent it from happening in the first place. His nonprofit, The Jesse Tree of Idaho, looks for ways to help people on the cusp of eviction.

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Cities in the Mountain West are seeing some of the strongest economic growth in the nation. That’s according to an annual analysis by the Milken Institute.

 

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The federal government is entering its 33rd day of a partial shutdown and more than 800,000 federal employees either have been furloughed or are working without pay. Idaho Matters speaks with two TSA employees who are going on three weeks without pay to learn how this stalemate is affecting Idahoans.

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The Snake River Seed Cooperative encourages regional growers to produce organic, non-GMO seed for both farmers and backyard gardeners. We meet the co-op's founder and director and learn why this program can lead to healthier communities and wealthier growers.

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Buy Idaho promotes Gem State businesses and manufacturers to encourage growth in the state's economy. Idaho Matters learns about all the wonderful products made right here.

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The Mountain West News Bureau presents a collaboration of regional journalists all looking at the changing ski industry including the effects of climate change, advances in technology and new paradigms in the economy of winter resorts.

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Thursday is 'Union Day' at the Idaho Capitol and we learn about the history and contributions organized labor has made to the state's workforce and economy.

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Attitudes about education and skills acquisition are changing as the global workforce evolves. Idaho Matters looks at the tools that will be necessary to be competitive in the 21st century workplace with Idaho Business for Education president and CEO Rod Grammer.

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The City of Boise will host three open houses to facilitate discussions with the community to determine the direction of energy generation and usage in Boise. We talk with Idaho Power about efforts to bring the region to 100% renewable energy use.

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