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Tue., Sept. 3, 2013, 1:13 p.m.

Kenck: Otter Leads Idaho To Bottom

Gov. Otter is desperate to make us forget what has happened to Idaho’s schools and Idaho’s economy under his watch. To a crowd at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, the governor declared that Idaho’s economy “is in great shape.” A few days later, this headline came out in Idaho’s largest newspaper, “Idaho Wages Lose Ground in 2012.” The first line painted a bleak picture: “Already among the lowest-paying states, Idaho wages fell even further behind in 2012, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.” We are now 46th in the nation for average wages. This should surprise no one — especially the governor. He already knew that Idaho leads the U.S. in the percentage of workers who earn minimum wage/Larry Kenck, chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party, IdahoED News. More here.

Question: How much blame should be put on Gov. Butch Otter for Idaho's low wages and poorly funded education system?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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