Stories tagged: gov. butch otter
UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 6:57 a.m.
Dr. Kenneth Krell: Idaho at crucial point for Medicaid expansion
Time may be running out – forever – for Idaho to ever have the opportunity to provide comprehensive coverage for the gap population.
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 4:30 a.m.
Push to turn over federal lands to the states may be losing steam
A Utah congressman’s abrupt reversal on a proposal to sell 3.3 million acres of public land across the West is significant, and may be part of a shift in the …
Wed., March 23, 2016, 11:09 a.m.
Public education budget headed to Idaho governor’s desk
Idaho’s public schools funding proposal for fiscal year 2017 – the largest share of the state’s budget – is headed to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk
Fri., March 18, 2016, 11:08 a.m.
Chobani plans to expand Idaho yogurt plant
TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Greek yogurt company Chobani plans to invest nearly $100 million in expanding its Idaho factory, already the largest yogurt manufacturing plant in the world. The New …
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016
Editorial: Education investment will pay off
Idaho’s lawmakers might be frustrated with results so far, but the state’s employers are counting on them to close what in a decade will be a critical skills gap.
Thu., Dec. 10, 2015
Editorial: Idaho’s legal hire looks bad
This is the kind of revolving-door hiring practice that is prohibited under other states’ ethics laws.
Tue., Nov. 17, 2015, 10:53 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Idaho legal battles a financial boon to liberal causes
Here’s a delicious conspiracy theory. Idaho’s Constitutional Defense Fund – a taxpayer-funded account to pay for the state’s culture-war legal battles – is actually an elaborate, stealth operation to funnel …
Tue., June 24, 2014
CdA Tribe poker dispute headed for arbitration
A dispute between the state of Idaho and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe over Texas Hold ’Em-style poker games at the Coeur d’Alene Casino is headed for arbitration. A May 2 …
Tue., Jan. 24, 2012
Questions erupt over Lucky Friday
WALLACE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will ask federal regulators to hold a public meeting in the Silver Valley to explain their decision to shut down the Lucky Friday Mine’s …
Tue., March 1, 2011, 5:05 p.m.
Western lawmakers, governors fight wild lands proposal
Western Republican governors and members of Congress vowed Tuesday to fight an Obama administration “wild lands” initiative they say could prevent oil-and-gas drilling on millions of acres of federal land. …
Tue., Nov. 23, 2010, 4:58 p.m.
Task force: Idaho needs $543M more for roads
Idaho needs to spend $543 million a year more on its roads, Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation task force decided Tuesday, and the top ways it should raise the money are …
Tue., July 27, 2010, 4:17 p.m.
Study: Trucks underpay for ailing Idaho roads
Idaho motorists are paying more and more of the cost of maintaining the state’s roads, while drivers of heavy trucks are paying less, according to a new state study - …
Wed., March 10, 2010
Gregoire says her state’s best for business
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire jabbed back at her Idaho counterpart Tuesday over whose state is better for business. Washington got a better rating in Forbes Magazine for being business-friendly …
Mon., March 8, 2010, 8:19 p.m.
Idaho courting tax-weary Washington companies
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is suggesting Washington businesses come over to his side of the border if taxes go up like they have in Oregon.
Sat., Jan. 23, 2010
Otter lays out plans for parks
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and state Parks Director Nancy Merrill announced a plan Friday to save $4.5 million at the state parks department next year – but not …
Wed., Dec. 16, 2009
War hero gets day of his own
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has proclaimed Thursday will be Vernon J. Baker Day, in honor of the St. Maries resident who is the only living African-American Medal of Honor recipient …
Thu., Dec. 3, 2009
Idaho roads budget far short of need
BOISE – Idaho is now short $211 million a year from what it needs to maintain its roads and bridges in their current, deteriorated condition, a state task force learned …
Wed., Dec. 2, 2009, 4:02 p.m.
No Idaho roads fix this year
Idaho is now short $211 million a year from what it should be spending just to maintain its roads and bridges in their current, deterioriated condition, a state task force …
Tue., Dec. 1, 2009
No shortage of ideas for state budget cost-cutting
BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter’s “efficiency” Web site has received 217 money-saving suggestions for state government so far from Idahoans, with the runaway winner being a cut in pay for …
Sun., Nov. 22, 2009
Otter puts in his oar on changing dock rules
BOISE – If it were up to Gov. Butch Otter, owners of boat docks on state-owned lakes would be free to put up solid wooden boat covers, complete with roofs, …
Sat., Nov. 21, 2009
Sweetened partings stir ire
BOISE – Idaho state agencies have spent more than $125,000 in the past six months to boost the retirement accounts of three departing employees, including one agency director, even though …
Sun., Nov. 1, 2009
Dairy study gives fodder to immigration discussion
BOISE – Immigration as a political issue has sparked plenty of rhetoric in Idaho in recent years, but a new University of Idaho study shines new light on how heavy …
Sat., Oct. 31, 2009
Idaho laying off state workers
BOISE – Dozens of Idaho state employees lost their jobs in the past month as a result of midyear state budget holdbacks imposed in late September. More cuts are coming. …
Wed., Oct. 21, 2009, 7:09 p.m.
Otter defends health insurance cut
Gov. Butch Otter is defending a move to sharply increase health insurance costs for part-time state employees, even though some will face premiums that exceed their take-home pay. “This is …
Wed., Oct. 7, 2009, 1:22 p.m.
Idaho road funding about half of what was expected
BOISE - The $54 million transportation funding compromise that ended Idaho’s second-longest legislative session this year has now shrunk to about $28 million, far less than Gov. Butch Otter said …
Sun., Oct. 4, 2009
Budget tighteners say they spread the lack of wealth
BOISE – When Gov. Butch Otter divided state agencies into three groups for varying levels of budget cuts, some wondered why elected officials made the top “critical and constitutionally required …
Sat., Sept. 26, 2009
Otter announces more budget cuts
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Friday announced 4 percent cuts in the state budget, effective immediately, to make up about two-thirds of the state’s $151 million budget shortfall. …
Fri., Sept. 25, 2009, 11:03 a.m.
Otter orders new Idaho budget cuts
Gov. Butch Otter has announced 4 percent cuts in the state budget, effective immediately, to make up about two-thirds of the state’s $151 million budget shortfall in the current year. …
Sun., Sept. 20, 2009
With budget, Otter faces ‘vicious circle’
BOISE – As Gov. Butch Otter ponders whether to make additional cuts in Idaho’s already much-trimmed state budget, he faces a dilemma: Budget cuts could trim state jobs at the …
Thu., Sept. 3, 2009, 2:11 p.m.
Choices loom amid bad budget news for Idaho
Idaho is facing a $151.4 million tax revenue shortfall in the current budget year, according to a new state forecast, and state leaders will have to decide whether to further …