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By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 16, 2017 at 9:44 p.m.



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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Senate lawmakers have narrowly decided to repeal the state's taxation on groceries in order in a fight over what sort of tax relief will be provided to Idahoans at the end of the legislative session. Earlier this year, the Idaho House sent a $51 million tax cut plan to the Senate with expectations it would be amended.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon says it will begin collecting state sales tax from Idaho shoppers starting next month. Boise TV station KTVB reports Amazon will begin collecting the 6 percent sales tax on April 1. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter called the change a matter of fairness in a prepared statement, saying it will help Idaho taxpayers comply with state law and create a more level playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have approved rules loosening restrictions on agricultural field burning that health advocates say will lead to breathing problems for some residents. The Idaho Board of Environmental Quality voted Thursday to allow field burning during worse air quality thresholds for ozone that could start in 2018 if approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is urging Idaho lawmakers to approve a resolution authorizing state officials to negotiate the purchase of $126 million in new office space. Otter announced Thursday that he needs approval from the House and Senate to enable the Department of Administration to finalize the purchase office space on the former Hewlett-Packard campus in Boise.

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