Economy

BOISE, ID. – Writer and economist Raj Patel believes there’s a battle over who gets to eat and who doesn’t.  He writes about this in one of his books, Stuffed and Starved. Patel will share his ideas on how to feed the world at a lecture tomorrow in Boise.  His work has been shaped by something that happened early in his life.

 

Boise, ID - As many as 300 people protested in front of Idaho’s capital Wednesday. Some called the gathering "Occupy Boise," others "Occupy Together." It''s part of a national movement that started last month in New York called "Occupy Wall Street."  The protestors in Boise want a lot of different things.

Boise, ID - Tuesday the Boise city council considers a proposal to tighten restrictions on where people can smoke.

The Neurolux is already thick with smoke in the middle of an afternoon. Barb pours drinks for some regulars. She says a smoking ban in Boise bars is inevitable. She says most of the bands that play this downtown hipster hotspot already request they go smoke free for shows. Barb describes herself as a chain smoker but over the roar of the bear cooler she says she would support the ban if the city council would make one compromise.

Boise, ID - Idaho has a new commerce director. Jeff Sayer accepted the governor’s appointment Thursday. Sayer is an accountant and business consultant. He’s been president of an Idaho Falls hospital and has worked in the tech industry. Sayer says he has a lot to learn about the Department of Commerce before he can make specific plans.

Hole No More

Sep 20, 2011

The days are numbered for Boise’s infamous hole in the ground. Monday representatives from Utah based Zions Bank stood in front of the hole to lay out a plan that will change Boise’s skyline and maybe the city’s economic prospects. 

On a platform in front of downtown Boise’s hole in the ground, developers, bankers, and Boise’s mayor announce a new home for Zions Bank in Idaho. Just before the speeches, about two dozen suited and high heeled bank workers show up to listen. Most walk en-mass from the Zion’s branch a block away. Debbie Harris is among them.

The days are numbered for Boise’s infamous hole in the ground. Monday representatives from Utah based Zions Bank and Utah/Idaho real estate developer the Gardner Company, stood in front of the hole on 8th and Main to lay out their plan. Developer Kem Gardner heaped praises on Zion’s CEO.

Congress has until August 2nd to come up with a solution on whether to raise the debt ceiling.  Some of the talk around the debate has focused on changes to Social Security and Medicare.  Our series Debt Line continues today with opinions from Idaho seniors.

This morning we continue our series “Debt Line”… stories focused on what it would means for Idahoans if the U.S. hits the debt ceiling.  Congress and the President face an August 2nd deadline to come up with a solution.  And if they can’t, the federal government will start to run short of cash to pay bills.  Professor Charlotte Twight is watching this closely. She teaches Economics at Boise State University.

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