Idaho lawmakers confirm new tax commissioner

Idaho lawmakers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have confirmed a new member to the state tax commission despite raising concerns her marriage to an influential lawmaker may be a conflict of interest.

The Senate confirmed Janet Moyle on Thursday to the Idaho State Tax Commission in a voice vote. An unknown small number of senators voted nay.

Janet Moyle is married to House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, a 10-term Republican from Star.

Earlier this year, lawmakers grilled Janet Moyle during her confirmation hearing about her ability to remain objective. Lawmakers said they were concerned how she would implement tax policy when her husband has been a powerful leader in changing tax law inside the Statehouse.

Janet Moyle countered she spent 17 years protecting taxpayer information when she worked as a county tax appraiser, adding that she is a strong person and does not base her decisions on her husband’s opinions

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Gubernatorial candidate calling for lawmakers to go against feds on Nuclear Agreement


BOISE, ID (KIFI/KIDK)- – Idaho Gubernatorial Candidate A.J. Balukoff is calling on Idaho’s state and federal lawmakers to insist the federal government abide by the terms of the landmark 1995 Nuclear Agreement. The pact set guidelines for cleaning up nuclear waste that has been shipped into Idaho for decades.

“Idaho state officials must stand strong against the federal government and insist it lives up to its obligations under the 1995 Agreement. With 900,000 gallons of liquid nuclear waste perched above the Snake River aquifer, Idaho can’t afford to be weak on this issue,” Balukoff said. “The Idaho National Lab will continue to be on the cutting edge of nuclear research, but Idaho shouldn’t become a nuclear waste dump in the process. The Feds must honor the agreement and treat the most dangerous nuclear material on site before the aging tanks become a threat to our aquifer.”

Currently, there are over 300 metric tons of nuclear waste being stored throughout an 890 square mile site in southeast Idaho along the Snake River Aquifer. The liquid waste remains in tanks which were supposed to be treated years ago.

Former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus started pushing back on nuclear shipments into Idaho starting in the 1970’s. Negotiations with the federal government continued for two decades until the 1995 Agreement was signed by Andrus’ successor, Governor Phil Batt. Under the Agreement, all high level nuclear waste must be removed by 2035. All transuranic waste is supposed to be removed by December 31, 2018.

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Changing skylines show Idaho’s growth since 2011

What a difference seven years has made.

In 2011, office construction in Boise and elsewhere in Idaho was at a standstill. Many workers left the state, or trained for other careers.

But things turned around fast after the Gardner Company took a gamble at the corner of Boise’s Eighth and Main in 2012. Gardner replaced the infamous Boise Hole with a 390,000-square-foot 18-story tower on a corner that had been vacant for 25 years.

Eighth and Main’s success seemed to spark a chain reaction. Local Construct, a Los Angeles firm, got to work renovating the historic Owyhee Hotel into a mixed-use project, adding 36 condos, 45,000 square feet of office space, retail, meeting and banquet space, parking, and a ground-floor restaurant. That project opened in 2014.

Gardner bought the U.S. Bank building nearby and turned the downtown parking lot across the intersection from Eighth and Main into the Clearwater Building, with offices for Clearwater Analytics, Boise State University’s Computer Science Department, convention center meeting space, and an underground bus terminal for Valley Regional Transit.

Gardner is now working on more office space and a hotel on a nearby downtown block known as Parcel B. Meanwhile, Kount, a homegrown cybersecurity company with 100 employees, plans to renovate and move into a 35,000-square-foot, four-story office building variously known as the Langroise Building, John Alden Building and 10th and Main.

And this winter, the J.R. Simplot Company is completing the move of 800 people into its huge newly constructed headquarters at Ninth and Front streets. The complex includes one 265,000-square-foot building and an annex with 60,000 square feet including a cafeteria, auditorium, laboratories and a rooftop greenhouse for Simplot’s plant sciences division.

Meanwhile, as St. Luke’s Health System moves into the spacious Washington Group Plaza complex on the east side of the downtown area, the tenants there will be looking for space elsewhere in town.

And that’s just downtown Boise. Nearby, Boise State has been an office space industry unto itself, completing work on its 118,890-square-foot College of Business and Economics building in 2012, finishing the 40,107-square-foot Alumni & Friends Center building that includes offices, and starting work this year on a Fine Arts building nearby. In Idaho Falls, the Idaho National Laboratory has thousands of square feet of new office space planned, and Oppenheimer Development is working on a mixed-use office development at the gateway to that city. Chobani, Glanbia, Clif Bar, and other big companies in Twin Falls have all constructed office space as part of their new construction and expansions.

And in Meridian, a large office development is underway at the 75-acre Ten Mile Crossing site. Benefits administrator AmeriBen became the first tenant at Ten Mile Crossing in August upon completion of its new, two-story, 76,000-square-foot office. Human capital management company Paylocity will fill 64,000 square feet, and Horrocks Engineering will take another 12,900 square feet in a five-story second building finishing up in June.

It was a tenant’s market in 2011, and now, despite all the new construction, it’s something of a landlord’s market, especially when it comes to Class A office space. Real estate brokers in Boise say many of the tenants they’re working with are existing companies that are growing larger and are leasing space neighboring their existing locations. They expect many companies to stay put while they assess the market and look for ways to include parking for staff.

You’ll learn about the Idaho office market and more in this issue of Square Feet. Staff writer Teya Vitu talks in detail about the large-scale plans at Ten Mile Crossing, and in another piece he delves into the downtown parking challenges that come with denser office development. Staff writer Sharon Fisher looks at how planners are tackling the issue of public transit.

We recently received confirmation from the U.S. Census that Idaho is the fastest-growing state in the nation. We’re witnessing an extraordinary period of expansion and change. In Idaho’s more urban areas, the physical manifestation of that change is the office space where some of the state’s most energetic thinkers and doers work to move the state forward.

Anne Wallace Allen is the editor of the Idaho Business Review.

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Top Places To Find Boise ID News Online And Off-Line

A very beautiful location in the state of Idaho is called Boise. If you haven’t been there, you should certainly visit once or twice. Idaho may not be known for amusement parks or sandy beaches, but it does have quite a bit to offer. This is the capital city, one that is very beautiful, with a population of about 1/4 million people. The downtown area is very nice. Here is how you can find the latest news about Boise Idaho on the web.

What Can You Do Once You Get To Boise?

You can do several things in you get there. There is the Boise Greenbelt which takes you by the river. There is also the Boise National Forest. Julia Davis Park is another place that you can go, and there are many restaurants that you can visit. If you are looking for news on Boise before you go, you can find websites that will tell you about the latest happenings. You can even search on Google, look for Boise news, and simply click the news link to see what is going on in the city.

Other Places That You Can Get The News

When you get to Boise, you can pick up a local paper. That will tell you what is happening. You can also visit the website online for Boise. This will tell you about the latest attractions to be seen and events that are going to occur. If you have friends or family members that live there, they can also give you updates on what is happening. You may even want to tune into the local news. There are always ways to get information about Boise, latest information that you will need if you are going to be soon.