A fare cut has prompted some Treasure Valley Uber drivers to reduce their hours on the road or to quit taking riders altogether. Uber says the cut has attracted new riders in Boise and in many other U.S. cities and will restore the fare if doing so would increase revenue for drivers and for the company. But drivers are growing impatient and say Uber’s team overseeing Boise, which is located in Seattle, doesn’t understand how the Valley’s sprawl means longer drives between rides, eating into profits.
The Inn at 500 Capitol, the six-story, upscale Downtown hotel under construction at 500 Capitol Blvd., is expected to open late this year. The developer, Obie Development Partners, offered a tour of a model room Friday to show what the hotel’s $200-a-night rooms will look like.
McDonald’s restaurants across Southern Idaho plan to hire between 100 and 150 people, with a hiring day slated for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19. The 33 restaurants are in the Treasure Valley — including Mountain Home and Weiser and Ontario, Ore. The jobs include entry-level through management positions.
Some agreements promoting free trade may have gone too far as economists wrongly discounted their social costs and the uneven distribution of their benefits, economist Ed Lotterman writes. He questions the benefits of the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP.
GoWireless Call Center plans a series of hiring events to expand its call center at 12426 W. Explorer Drive. The company says employees earn starting wages between $10 and $12.50 an hour, with benefits.
Businesses trying to recruit talented employees to Boise have long leaned on the Treasure Valley’s cost of living, which ranks lower than most of the large economic centers in the West, including San Francisco, Seattle and Denver. However, the sometimes benefit of paying less for necessities such as housing, groceries and utilities doesn’t make up for the higher wages that skilled professionals in some fields can earn in those cities.