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Otter: ‘Careful how much we damage that future’

Gov. Butch Otter, in his keynote luncheon speech to the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho today, spoke out strongly on the value of education, and how it’s a central mission of the state per the Idaho Constitution. He shared how he was the first among nine siblings to graduate from college, and proudly described the many advanced degrees now held by his own four children, and his hopes for his grandchildren. “So yeah, we’ve got to make some cuts, and yeah, I’ve already made some cuts - and I’ve been pretty careful about how much we damage that future,” Otter declared.

Otter said he’s a “user-pay guy,” and wants people to pay for the services they use, from roads to parks to hunting programs. But that doesn’t apply to education, he said. “There are those areas where the Constitution of the state of Idaho says otherwise.”

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

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