At the conclusion of his first State of the State message, new Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers, “I want each of you to know that my door is always open, and I am eager for your insight and perspectives.” He had taken pains throughout his speech to name individual legislative chairmen who he said he’d work with on his proposals, and reached out to lawmakers “on both sides of the aisle.” He concluded, “Please join me in working to make Idaho even better. Together, we can prepare Idaho to become what America was meant to be.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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