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Otter opens door to delaying grocery tax credit hike a year

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has opened the door to delaying the next scheduled increase in the state's grocery tax credit, possibly saving the state from another $15 million-plus in budget cuts next year that could otherwise hit public schools. "There's cost vs. value there," Otter said in an interview with the editorial board of the Twin Falls Times-News; the governor's office posted a link to video of his comments on the state's Web site. "I think we would suffer if we can't do all that's possible to do for K-12."

Otter emphasized that he's "not going to get out in front of the Legislature" on the issue, but made it clear he'd consider a delay - something he starkly foreclosed this year, even faced with widespread budget cuts. Jon Hanian, Otter's press secretary, said, "What he said there I think speaks for itself." He added, "He'll weigh anything that is brought to him, in terms of trying to figure out how we get through this difficult period." You can read my full story here at

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