Bringing the Economy Home


Whether it’s agriculture, tourism or energy, a look at the industries that shape Idaho’s economy and how they are affected by state policies.

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Idaho’s Construction Industry Slogs Through Slow Growth

Earlier this week Stateline wrote about signs of the construction industry turnaround. Their opening scene: downtown Boise. “The corner of 8th and Main streets in downtown Boise, Idaho, was jokingly called “the hole” because it had been vacant since a 1987 fire there. No more. Construction began last summer on a new $60-million building that’s […]

Idaho Commerce Department Touts Attendance At Las Vegas Gun Show

The Idaho Department of Commerce and 24 Idaho businesses are attending the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show and Conference taking place in Las Vegas through Friday. The trade show is billed as “the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries.”  It’s owned […]

What We’re Reading: $8.5 Billion, And A Lot Of Problems

Idaho’s housing market underwent a dramatic turnaround in 2012.  The state’s foreclosure rate began to come down.  Single family homes began to make up some of their staggering loss in value.  Now, Boise is showing stronger signs of recovery than most metro areas, according to the Brookings Institution. But 2011 — when Idaho posted one […]

Albertsons Stores Reunited Thanks To Supervalu Deal

All Albertsons stores will again be under the same ownership.  That’s one effect of a $3.3 billion deal announced Thursday between private investment company Cerberus Capital Management and grocery chain Supervalu. Albertsons, the grocery chain founded in Boise in the 1930s, put itself up for sale nearly a decade ago. The company was split up.  […]

Cerberus To Buy Albertsons Grocery Stores In $3.3 Billion Deal

The investment group Cerberus Capital Management LP will buy Albertsons stores from Supervalu for $3.3 billion according to The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Here’s more from the Times’ DealBook blog: The Cerberus-led group will also buy up to 30 percent of Supervalu itself, paying $4 a share in a tender offer. […]

Chobani Opens Twin Falls Yogurt Facility Today, But At What Cost To Taxpayers?

In November 2011, the New York-based Greek yogurt maker Chobani announced plans to build a multimillion dollar manufacturing facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, with plans to hire 400 people. Today, 13 months later, Chobani’s Twin Falls facility holds its grand opening. New numbers show the yogurt maker hired fewer people than expected, and collected more […]

Will You Be Eligible For A Tax Credit Under The Affordable Care Act?

We published a post last week about the effects of the Affordable Care Act on Idaho’s uninsured. In it, we mentioned that federal tax credits will be available to people purchasing insurance through health insurance exchanges, if their incomes are less than four times the federal poverty level.  For a family of four, 400 percent […]

How Obamacare Creates An Insurance Industry Ad Blitz

One of Blue Cross of Idaho’s new television commercials opens with a chirpy jingle.  “You’re protected in the sun, you’re protected when it rains,” the song begins.  The pitch is clear: this is the insurer for you, no matter your lifestyle. For Blue Cross of Idaho, this is more than an advertisement.  It’s a big […]

Health Insurers Compete For Customers As Obamacare Marches Forward

The federal health care law often called Obamacare is moving steadily forward, despite pushback in conservative states like Idaho.  In addition to everything else, the law means big changes for the individual insurance market.  As of 2014, millions more people will be shopping for health insurance for themselves and their families.  And insurers are already […]

Understanding The Number Of Idahoans Who Might Get Insurance Under Obamacare

State leaders have yet to determine whether Idaho will establish a state-based health insurance exchange or expand Medicaid eligibility.  But there is quite a lot we do know about the likely effects of the federal health care law in Idaho. About 46 percent of Idahoans get insurance through their employers, but that’s not the part […]

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