Stories tagged: Butch Otter
THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012
Senate panel mulling tax bill
BOISE – A Senate panel is due today to help decide the 2012 Legislature’s last critical question: Will Gov. Butch Otter win his coveted $35 million tax relief bill, or …
SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2012
Eye on Boise: E-cigarette bill opponent saw smoke, mirrors
BOISE – A St. Maries legislator raised fears about a “nanny state” when the Idaho House considered legislation this week to ban the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to children, but …
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012
Eye on Boise: Deadline’s too tight to get health insurance exchange set up, Otter says
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told the Idaho Press Club last week that he’s all but given up on establishing a state-run health insurance exchange, unless the federal government …
SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2012
Eye on Boise: Health committee has plenty to peruse
BOISE – There was quite the spectacle at the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee’s first meeting last week when chairwoman Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, had legislative pages bring …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012
Otter budget doesn’t restore steep cuts
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s budget proposal for next year wouldn’t restore any of the steep cuts the state has made in the past three years of economic downturn, …
TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012
Idaho gov. calls for $45 million in tax cuts
BOISE - With Idaho’s state budget flush for the first time in years, a cautious Gov. Butch Otter is calling for $45 million in tax cuts next year, a $5 …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2012
Otter’s schedule shows fewer hours, less travel
Since his landslide re-election, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is spending significantly less time in the office. Otter, 69, typically doesn’t show up at the office Mondays, instead scheduling “general office …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2012
Elections, redistricting likely to play big role in Idaho
BOISE – As Idaho lawmakers head into an election-year session, they’re facing big decisions. Lawmakers and Gov. Butch Otter budgeted so conservatively last year that they’re now sitting on a …
SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2012, 7:41 P.M.
2011 spotlight: Top S-R outdoors feature stories
Wrangler, horse charge grizzly A trail-ride wrangler from Whitefish, Mont., rode a big, brave horse to the rescue of a young boy on a horse being chased by a grizzly …
FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011
Otter says he’ll seek third term as governor
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter dropped something of a bombshell at a campaign fundraiser this week in Coeur d’Alene: He said he’ll run for a third term as governor in 2014. …
THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011, 12:41 P.M.
Idaho Gov. Otter says he’ll seek 3rd term
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter dropped something of a bombshell at a campaign fundraiser last night in Coeur d’Alene: He said he’ll run for a third term as governor in 2014.
SUNDAY, NOV. 27, 2011
Huckleberries: Claim Palin, and region has two of top five
Who’s the fairest conservative woman of them all? That would be former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, as far as John Hawkins of RightWing News is concerned. But U.S. Rep. Cathy …
THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011, 9:30 A.M.
As execution approaches, Otter checks in from Maui
BOISE – As last-minute pleas for clemency continued to pour into Idaho’s state Capitol this week in advance of the state’s first execution since 1994, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wasn’t …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011, 4:37 P.M.
As execution approaches, Otter’s in Maui
As last-minute pleas for clemency continued to pour into Idaho’s state Capitol this week in advance of the state’s first execution since 1994, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who could commute …
SATURDAY, NOV. 12, 2011
As Rhoades execution nears, Otter stands by death penalty
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, a Catholic who once studied for the priesthood, is the only one who can spare the life of condemned Idaho inmate Paul Ezra Rhoades, …
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2011, 4:29 P.M.
Otter standing by decision not to spare killer’s life
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, a Catholic who once studied for the priesthood, is the only one who can spare the life of condemned Idaho inmate Paul Ezra Rhoades, a multiple …
SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2011
Huckleberries: ‘President Otter’ has a nice ring to it
Count New York Times columnist Gail Collins among those who were disappointed when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and ex-Alaska Gov. (and Sandpoint native) Sarah Palin decided not to run …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011
Idaho to seek grants for health exchange
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter gave the go-ahead Monday for the state to apply for nearly $31 million in federal grants to start an Idaho health insurance exchange. “It’s …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2011, 12:38 P.M.
Otter OKs fed grant for insurance exchange
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter gave the go-ahead Monday for the state to apply for nearly $31 million in federal grants to start an Idaho health insurance exchange.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011
Eye on Boise: Recruiting letter leans heavily on Otter’s name
BOISE – Of all the odd things to find in my mailbox, there was a letter from Gov. Butch Otter addressed to Ben Ysursa, who happens to be Idaho’s secretary …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011
Shawn Vestal: Teachers ignored in education reform
If you want to “fix schools,” apparently, there’s one group of people you should ignore. Teachers.
SUNDAY, AUG. 28, 2011
Otter says he’ll continue low-balling state budget
BOISE - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is promising more of the same from his administration: tight budgeting that may underestimate state revenues, forcing budget cuts that later prove unnecessary, to …
THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011
Editorial: Otter wise to lead on health care exchanges
Score one for logical over ideological. Though he’s no fan of national health care reform, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is taking a pragmatic stance in telling legislators that the state …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011, 4:13 P.M.
Gov. Otter weighs in on grizzly bear shooting
Gov. Butch Otter has penned a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in defense of Jeremy M. Hill, the Boundary County man who shot a grizzly bear that had entered …
TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2011, 10:37 A.M.
Montanan picked as new Idaho lands chief
Idaho’s state Land Board has voted unanimously to hire Tom Schultz, current administrator of trust land management for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, as Idaho’s new state …
TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2011
Otter touts state exchange
BOISE – Idaho stands to lose big if it doesn’t apply for a $40 million federal grant by Sept. 30 to set up a state-run health insurance exchange, Gov. Butch …
SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2011
Eye on Boise: State endowment land may be restaurant site
The recent brouhaha over operation of a mini-storage business on Idaho state endowment land is expanding a bit. Now, a report has surfaced about the state Lands Department seeking proposals …
SUNDAY, AUG. 14, 2011
Eye on Boise: Otter touts Idaho’s upgrade by S&P
BOISE - Gov. Butch Otter took to the national airwaves last week to tout Idaho’s budget management as a “model for what the nation ought to do,” from Medicaid cuts …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011
Idaho gets big boost in revenue
BOISE – The final numbers are in, and after anguishing over deep budget cuts, Idaho ended the fiscal year well ahead of projections for state tax revenues, with an $85.3 …
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011, 9:51 A.M.
Idaho revenues up, Otter loses bet to Andrus
The final numbers are in, and after anguishing over deep budget cuts, Idaho ended the fiscal year well ahead of projections for state tax revenues, with an $85.3 million year-end …