Newsletter and Updates
Idaho State Report - Fall 2016Fall 2016
Sinclair's Peter Johnson, President of Sinclair Oil Corporation was our featured keynote. As long-time partners of the company, Idaho marketers were happy to help celebrate Sinclair's Centennial Anniversary. We welcomed a number of informative speakers on a broad range of issues important to our industry. Marketers enjoyed Coeur d'Alene's perfect summer weather at the lovely Coeur d'Alene Resort. Thanks to marketers and their families, suppliers, vendors and friends who joined us for the 2016 Convention and Trade Show. Read More...
Idaho State Report - Summer 2016Summer 2016
Join us for our convention at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. Be sure to get registered and get your room right away, because our block fills up fast at the resort in August. As always, we will be golfing the CdA Resort Golf Course, with its famous floating green, and shooting at the local CdA Gun Club. The CdA resort offers a world-class spa for those in need of pampering. Reserve these dates - August 3-5, 2016 -- You'll want to bring friends and family and stay awhile! Read More...
Idaho State Report - February 28, 2015February 2015
DEQ proposes S1244 to impose a new fee on USTs to maintain the program in Idaho, and avoid handing it back to the EPA. IPM&CSA believes Idaho marketers are better off being regulated by the state rather than the feds. IPM&CSA worked with DEQ to cap the fee at $100 per tank per year, to require that those fees be used only for the UST program, to provide a budget report to the legislature, a listing of the USTs covered, and apply any excess funds to future years. Read More...
Idaho State Report - February 2015February 2015
Welcome Back to the Capitol: Legislators returned to the Idaho Statehouse on January 11 and hit the ground running. It must be an election year (spoiler alert - it is!) because activity at Idaho's capitol building ramped up right away. Read More...
Idaho State Report - Fall 2015Fall 2015
Industry supported Idaho's DEQ when the State took over the UST inspection program from EPA, because we believed that regulation, compliance and enforcement would be better delivered closer to home. Evidence shows that DEQ has largely made good on their commitment to be more "user friendly" to the UST tank owner/operators, by focusing fist on compliance, while imposing penalties only as a last resort. As the new EPA UST rules are implemented, DEQ's role will take on additional requirements now imposed by the federal rule. This new workload in combination with a steady decline in LUST (Leaking Underground Storage Tank) funds from the EPA, has lead DEQ to propose a new inspection fee of $135/tank in the 2016 legislature. The new fee would require a legislative change. Orville Green, director of DEQ's Waste Management Program, estimates that the UST program costs the agency $700,000 per year, and an additional $300,000 is needed annually to keep the program at the state level. The UST inspection program could revert to the EPA if the state is unable to provide adequate funds. DEQ proposes that tank fees make up the difference to fully fund the UST program. Read More...
Idaho State Report - May 5, 2015Summer 2015
Join us for our convention at the Sun Valley Resort, but sign up now. Rooms go fast for August, especially this year, as the historic Sun Valley Lodge has just undergone a huge remodel. As always, we will be golfing on the scenic Sun Valley Resort Course, and shooting at the posh Sun Valley Gun Club, both in view of the famous Mt. Baldy. The resort offers a new world-class spa for those in need of pampering. Read More...
NACS Leader Hank Armour Keynotes Sun Valley GatheringAug 2015
Thanks to marketers and their families, suppliers, vendors and friends who joined us for the 2015 Convention and Trade Show at the beautiful and historic Sun Valley Resort. The just-remodeled Sun Valley Lodge was a hit with attendees, with its lovely new spa, completely updated lobby and rooms, and pool facilities. In addition to IPM&CSA Idaho members, we were happy to also see colleagues from around the region, including Montana, Washington, Wyoming and Utah. Read More...
Department of Environmental Quality LetterSept 2015
Newly updated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) underground storage tank (UST) regulations will become effective on October 13th, 2015. These new federal regulations impact everyone who owns or operates an UST. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold meetings around the state to discuss the new regulations. Read More...
2015 Idaho - Spring MagazineSpring 2015
Raising new money for roads and bridges is a priority issue in the 2015 legislature. After many years on the back burner, proponents believe the time is now to raise the needed revenue for Idaho's transportation infrastructure. Supporters include Governor Otter and legislative leadership, in addition to a number of industry advocates. IPM&CSA is in the thick of the discussion and our objective is to protect the industry's interests as these proposals advance - chief among which is to ensure that these proposals don't disrupt the current tax collection framework we have operated in successfully for many years. This includes not only motor fuel tax collection, but also protecting the integrity and financial solvency of the Petroleum Clean Water Trust Fund, also known as PSTF (Petroleum Storage Tank Fund). Read More...
IPM & CSA Legislative UpdateSpring 2015
As we enter the 13th week of the 2015 legislative session, much is happening behind the scenes and tempers are wearing thin. We have reached the point in the session where frustrations are mounting because much is still left to do (think transportation funding to raise $262 million), and the biggest budget (education at $1.6 billion, including $100 million of new money) has not been set. JFAC is waiting on a resolution of the career ladder and a promise to infuse the education system (teacher pay, really) with a significant amount of cash and a more importantly, a change in how teacher pay is set into the future. And that is just the big picture. Read More...
2015 Idaho State ReportWinter 2015
Raising new money for roads and bridges is a priority issue in the 2015 legislature. After many years on the back burner, proponents believe the time is now to raise the needed revenue for Idaho's transportation infrastructure. Supporters include Governor Otter and legislative leadership, in addition to a number of industry advocates. IPM&CSA's is in the thick of the discussion and our objective is to protect the industry's interests as these proposals advance - chief among which is to ensure that these proposals don't disrupt the current tax collection framework we have operated in successfully for many years. Read More...
2014 Idaho - Winter MagazineWinter 2014
It was big news that Republicans dominated the national political landscape on November 4th, but it was business as usual here in the Gem State. Proving that Idaho is still one of the reddest of the red states, Idaho Republicans maintained their grip on every statewide and Congressional office, and held two open Constitutional offices that many thought might swing blue. It didn't happen despite money flowing freely on both sides of the aisle. Read More...
IPM&CSA - Idaho State ReportNov 2014
It was big news that Republicans dominated the national political landscape on November 4th, but it was business as usual in here in the Gem State. Proving that Idaho is still one of the reddest of the red states, Idaho Republicans maintained their grip on every statewide and Congressional office, and held two open Constitutional offices that many thought might swing blue. - Read More...
NACS 2013 State of the Industry ReportFall 2014
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Idaho State Report - Success Through Change - Fall 2014Fall 2014
Marketers enjoyed Coeur d'Alene (CdA)'s perfect summer weather at the lovely CdA Resort at our annual gathering. Thanks to marketers and their families, suppliers, vendors and friends who joined us for the 2014 Convention and Trade Show. CdA attracts attendees from the Pacific Northwest, and we were happy to have our colleagues join us from Montana, Washington, and Utah in addition to our Idaho members.- Read More...
Idaho State Report - SummerJune 2014
Join us for our convention at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, but sign up now. Rooms go fast in Coeur d'Alene in August, and this year is no exception. As always, we will be golfing on the resort's signature course with its famous floating green, and shooting at the Coeur d'Alene Gun Club. The Spa is available for those in need of pampering. From fine dining and boutique shopping to boating, biking and fishing, there is something for everyone in Coeur d'Alene! Reserve these dates - you'll want to bring friends and family and stay awhile! - Read More...
IPM&CSA Statehouse Summary: Legislative Update from 2014 SessionFeb 2014
2014 Legislature Off to a Quick Start: Short Session Predicted by Leadership
Lawmakers came back to the Statehouse in Boise with a common view: Wrap up the State's business quickly and get home to run their re-election campaigns. Governor Otter kicked off the session on January 6 with his annual State of the State Address and a modestly optimistic budget, and both were met with general approval. Lawmakers got right to work, and the activity at the Statehouse picked up earlier than usual. The hallways were buzzing with lawmakers and lobbyists from the start. Committees spent early days reviewing administrative rules from state agencies and legislation trickled in. - Read More...
2013 Holiday Greetings - Idaho State ReportDec 2013
Three issues are likely to dominate the 2014 legislative session and (big surprise) they all involve really large piles of money. This being an election year, politics will play an even larger role than usual at the Idaho Statehouse when spending money and raising taxes are on the agenda. Here are the big issues in play for 2014 - Read More...
Idaho State Report - August 2013Aug 2013
Marketers enjoyed Sun Valley's perfect summer weather and excellent Idaho scenery for our three-day event this year. Thanks very much to marketers, suppliers, vendors and their families and friends who joined us for the 2013 Convention and Trade Show. It is always a pleasure to associate with our neighbors from surrounding states, and we were pleased to once again host folks from Montana, Washington, Utah and Hawaii in addition to our Idaho members. Read More...
Legislative Update & Member Communications2013
The 2013 legislative session will be remembered primarily for two issues: the state health exchange and personal property tax relief, both hard fought battles that ultimately passed. But at Sine Die, many were left unsettled by the political climate. An influential freshman class altered the legislature?s course and possibly changed political coalitions for years to come. Time will tell.
Idaho State Legislative Update March 7, 20112011
2011 Legislature "Challenged" to Fill Budget Hole: Have We Hit Bottom Yet? That is the question as legislative budget writers labor to squeeze a few more dollars out of the current year?s budget and guess about the future of the Idaho economy. The budget hole amounts to $92 million and will impact all state agencies, but particularly the two biggest program budgets: K-12 Education and Medicaid.
Legislative Alert H196 2-28-112011
H196 may be heard in House Revenue and Taxation cmte Monday March 7 at 9 am. Please contact members of the House Rev & Tax cmte IN SUPPORT of H196 ? particularly if you have these members in your area.
Legislative Alert S1125 2-28-112011
S1125 will be heard in Senate State Affairs Monday March 7 at 8 am. Please contact members of the Senate State Affairs committee IN SUPPORT of S1125 ? particularly if you have these Senators in your area.
2008 Legislative & Regulatory Update2008
UST Rules approved by 2008 legislature: IPM&CSA worked closely with DEQ to develop rules implementing the new state UST program that was created by the 2007 legislature. IPM&CSA participated in both statue and negotiated rule-makings to ensure practical implication of the new state UST program.
Tribal Fuel Tax Agreements approved by 2008 legislature: Finally settling a multi-year battle over fuel taxes, the Idaho legislature approved agreements between four tribes and the state of Idaho by passing SCR125. IPM&CSA can take credit for resolving many years of legal and legislative battles to bring tax fairness to distributors by requiring tribal fuels to include the state cent fuel tax in the price of the sale.
Down the Road: Still to Come in 2008-2009 for the industry2008 - 2009
Stage One Vapor Recovery in the Treasure Valley will increase costs to marketers doing business in Ada and Canyon Counties. This negotiated rule-making is underway at DEQ and marketers are participating. This rule is scheduled to go before the 2009 legislature, but new EPA rules on the subject and lack of funding have complicated the status of the rule-making and thrown significant uncertainty into the process and outcome.
Risk Based Corrective Action rules could increase clean up costs for fuel tanks statewide. DEQ is working with the industry and the PSTF to revisit the current guidance document. A small work group will develop an initial proposal to be followed by negotiated rulemaking. DEQ intends to take these rules to the 2009 legislature, assuming issues of concern can be resolved.
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Calendar of Events
NACS Industry Update Luncheon
IPM&CSA PAC Golf Tournament - Clear Lake
Clear Lake Country Club
IPM&CSA Convention and Golf Tournament
Sun Valley Resort
Sun Valley, ID
Teton Valley PAC Fund Golf Tournament - Huntsman Springs
Huntsman Springs Golf Course
IPM&CSA Convention and Golf Tournament
Coeur d'Alene Resort
Coeur d'Alene, ID