Bringing the Economy Home

Morning News: Gov. Otter Plans Trade Mission To China, Unemployment Benefits Expire In December

Gov. Otter plans to return to China with many in his party still fearful of the rising economic giant’s influence | The April 14-21 trip comes less than a year after Otter’s own Republican Party passed a statewide resolution expressing suspicion about Chinese investment in Idaho. It comes less than a month before the state’s first-ever closed GOP primary, an election in which fear about Chinese influence remains an issue. (

Idaho’s Long-term Unemployed to Lose Benefits by Year-end The state Department of Labor says long-term unemployment benefits in Idaho will expire after Dec. 31, though some jobless workers will be cut off sooner depending on when they started receiving the federal assistance. (

Side Effects May Include Hospital Consolidation Across southern Idaho, hospital mergers have become the go-to solution for health care providers struggling to survive with the reforms. Lawmakers promised the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would provide more health care coverage to Americans, improve the quality of care and reduce unnecessary treatments. (

Federal Funds to Train Jobless Are Drying Up – Across the country, work force centers that assist the unemployed are being asked to do more with less as federal funds dwindle for job training and related services. (


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