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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. …


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 …


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 …


Idaho will pay for child vaccine through January

The state of Idaho will buy all required childhood vaccines through January 2010, Gov. Butch Otter said today. The governor earlier had called for eliminating the state’s vaccine program in …


Idaho guv wants ‘total, complete transparency’ on state lands

A committee of top real estate professionals was asked to review how Idaho could update its rules for transfers of state endowment lands to match “modern business practices,” and this …


Best ideas for region homegrown, Otter says

BOISE – In his keynote speech this past week at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s big annual conference in Boise, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter had some sharp words for the …


Otter retreats on Idaho road funding

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter took a major step back in his push for more road funding in the state on Tuesday, assigning a task force studying funding solutions to report …


Otter’s hard line softens over time

BOISE – When Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was a legislator back in the ’70s, he was precisely the sort of outspoken, no-new-taxes, shrink-government conservative as those in the House who …


New plates honor combat victims

BOISE – Idaho already had more than 70 special license plates, touting interests as varied as breast cancer awareness and skiing. Now it has four more. Gov. Butch Otter signed …


New Idaho specialty plates include ‘Gold Star’

Idaho already had more than 70 options for special license plates, from breast cancer awareness to snow skier to Pearl Harbor survivor. Now it’s got four more, as Gov. Butch …


Idaho governor and legislators remain at odds

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed 25 bills on Tuesday, after his own party in the House overwhelmingly killed his transportation plan.


Otter warns of ‘disasters’ looming with state’s bridges

The day after the Idaho House of Representatives killed Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to raise the state’s gas tax to fund road work, the governor told a Coeur d’Alene Rotary …


Otter warns of pressing highway needs

The day after the Idaho House of Representatives killed Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal to raise the state’s gas tax to fund road work, the governor told a Coeur d’Alene Rotary …


Lawmakers mull Otter plans to boost roads, cut schools

Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to boost road spending three different ways but cut education sent Idaho lawmakers reeling Thursday, with some saying the governor’s right and others calling for “middle …


Otter will accept $1 billion stimulus

BOISE – Despite national reports that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was among a few governors who would reject federal stimulus money, Otter said Friday that he’ll take most – if …


Keogh ‘honored’ by Otter’s consideration

BOISE – Sandpoint Sen. Shawn Keough said she wasn’t expecting it when she got a call from Gov. Butch Otter on Christmas Eve, asking whether she’d consider an appointment as …


Idaho governor can’t reject raise, will donate it

Gov. Butch Otter’s decision to turn down a scheduled 3 percent pay raise this year has run into an unexpected roadblock: An Idaho attorney general’s opinion has concluded that he …


Otter will name names on Tuesday

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he’ll appoint the state’s lieutenant governor on Tuesday – that’s the same day that current Lt. Gov. Jim Risch will be sworn in …


Land Board educating public

BOISE – Forty-one percent of Idahoans have never heard of the state Land Board, according to a new state-funded poll, and 92 percent don’t know who’s on it. The panel, …


Idaho agencies to require time off

BOISE – Hundreds of Idaho state employees are being ordered to take time off without pay at the holidays this year to help balance the state budget. Gov. Butch Otter …


Otter orders 1 percent budget cut

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has ordered a 1 percent holdback in the state budget, cutting $27.3 million out of state spending for the fiscal year that started July …


Poll results released for Senate race

BOISE – Two different polls are out in Idaho’s U.S. Senate race, the hot race for the open seat created by the retirement of Sen. Larry Craig. But the results …


Otter planning for budget cuts

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is drawing up plans to cut the state budget midyear by at least $27 million and possibly as much as $68 million, after an …


Disability benefit cut in half

BOISE – Idaho state employees who become seriously ill and go on disability leave will be laid off after 12 weeks rather than six months, the Otter administration has decided. …


Otter back after hip chip repair

BOISE – Now we know why Gov. Butch Otter scheduled his hip-resurfacing surgery a month into the legislative session – just as lawmakers were taking up the agenda he laid …


Governor admits climate is warming

MOSCOW – Scientists and energy experts stood on a podium at the University of Idaho on Monday and proclaimed that the debate over climate change is dead. Humans are making …