Eye On Boise

Kemp: 'What's missing is action'

Independent gubernatorial candidate Jana Kemp had this response this morning to Gov. Butch Otter's comments yesterday about the state budget at fiscal year-end:

"While the Governor and Legislature did a good job focusing on realistic revenue numbers and budgeting accordingly, what’s missing is the action toward building Idaho’s business and job base so that such drastic cuts don’t have to keep happening year over year. What is also missing from elected official leadership is action on the much-touted plans for business growth. As I travel Idaho, I’m hearing from business owners and product innovators in technology and in agricultural fields who repeatedly say 'What has the Governor done for my business? Nothing, he’s helping companies that are already big.' Continued bragging from the Governor’s office about what was done right in 2010 implies that everything went well and we all know that it didn’t. The continued bragging about correct forecasting also leaves out the discussion of what comes next for 2011 and what plans are being made to help Idaho’s economy improve. Statewide, we need informed action!'

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