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Otter: ‘You cannot run a government from the Legislature’

Gov. Butch Otter ripped lawmakers this morning for their move to require 3 percent across-the-board pay cuts for state workers as part of a 5 percent cut in personnel funding, rather than just leaving how to implement the 5 percent cut up to agency directors. “The second article of the Idaho Constitution is very clear on the separation of powers,” Otter declared. “As the executive, I’m to do the managing. I totally reject the idea that was expressed by members of the Legislature that they do not trust the directors.” He added, “You cannot run a government from the Legislature - the Legislature sets the policy, I execute the policy.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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