“There is no doubt that our nation is going through troubled times,” Gov. Butch Otter told state lawmakers just now as he began his State of the State message. “But I firmly believe that Idaho can provide leadership for an anxious nation - to be what Franklin referred to as the ‘laboratory of the Republic.’”
He told lawmakers, “As you all know, our means are not what they were when we last met here a year ago. … We are better off than many states. However, we as leaders must be sensitive to the fact that far too many Idahoan are out of work or under-employed. … No doubt about it - times are tough. But they have been tough in the past, and we have weathered the storm by working together with a common purpose.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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