The governor closed his State of the State speech with an unscripted moment, recalling a mother of an autistic child who came to one of his Capitol for a Day meetings in despair over state cuts in her child’s treatment hours. Otter said he was most struck by her comment that the state was cutting the child’s treatment, and didn’t care. He urged lawmakers to keep that child and others like him in mind as they cut the state budget in the weeks ahead. “We may be builty of a lot of things in state government, but not caring is not one of them,” he said, prompting resounding applause.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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