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Mon., Feb. 9, 2009, 2:29 p.m.

He’s baaaaaaack…

Idaho First Lady Lori Otter, left, and Gov. Butch Otter, right, encourage the crowd at the opening ceremonies for the Idaho Special Olympics on Saturday. It was Gov. Otter's first public appearance after undergoing shoulder surgery last Monday; he returned to work part-time today, 2/9/09  (AP Photo / The Associated Press)
Idaho First Lady Lori Otter, left, and Gov. Butch Otter, right, encourage the crowd at the opening ceremonies for the Idaho Special Olympics on Saturday. It was Gov. Otter's first public appearance after undergoing shoulder surgery last Monday; he returned to work part-time today, 2/9/09 (AP Photo / The Associated Press)

Gov. Butch Otter, who a week ago had shoulder surgery and who's been out recovering, is back at work  now, at least part-time. Today, he's meeting with the co-chairs of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee about the latest state revenue figures; he's scheduled to meet with legislative leaders from both parties later this week on the same topic. Otter's press secretary, Jon Hanian, said the surgery the governor had to repair a torn rotator cuff and two detached tendons after a team-roping accident was a serious procedure. "It takes a while to recover from, and it's pretty painful," Hanian said, "but he is back." He added, "You don't really tell him 'no.'" The governor wasn't expected to show up at Saturday's opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics World Winter Games - First Lady Lori Otter was expected to stand in - but he joined her, his right arm in a sling, and declared the games officially open.

Sen. Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, said he and House Appropriations Chairwoman Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, were looking forward to meeting with Otter today on the latest revenue news. "Hopefully we'll get final numbers today," Cameron said. "The governor's going to meet with leadership later this week. Sometime between now and then, we'll make a determination as to how bad fiscal year '09 is and what adjustments need to be made, and how we approach 2010." The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee could adopt a target budget figure by the end of this week or early next week, Cameron said.




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