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Trib: Otter's Message Lacked Vision

To understand how far short Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's State of the State speech fell Monday, let's look back a few years. In 2003, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne drove lawmakers to see things his way by refusing to cut school spending and forcing them to enact a temporary sales tax increase. It was Republican Gov. Phil Batt who in 1996 cajoled when possible and twisted arms when necessary to get members of his own party to extend worker's compensation insurance to people employed in agriculture. And in 1988, Gov. Cecil D. Andrus fought a GOP legislative majority over public school funding. That's called executive leadership - something that was visibly missing from Otter's delivery. Devoid of details and context, Otter made no attempt to inform or persuade his fellow Idahoans to follow his agenda/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Marty Trillhaase's analysis that the governor's State of the State address lacked vision?




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