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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 8, 2007

MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2007

'My door is always open'

At the conclusion of his first State of the State message, new Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers, “I want each of you to know that my door is always open, and I am eager for your insight and perspectives.” He had taken pains throughout his…

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Was it a joke?

There was a little pause after Gov. Otter, after talking about his plan for a new “sprung structure” to help house Idaho’s overflowing prison inmate population, said this: “In addition, I will ask Chairmen Darrington and Clark to join me in exploring other innovative ways…

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Education proposals

Otter just told lawmakers he’ll recommend a public school budget of more than $1.36 billion in general funds. For colleges and universities, he’s calling for $275.6 million, including $12.9 million to help make salaries more competitive. “And speaking of universities, how about those Broncos?!” he…

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Otter wants 5 percent for state workers

Idaho’s state employees are underpaid, new Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers. “For too long we’ve shorted them on pay and then padded their benefits. To begin changing that, it’s my recommendation that we fully fund a 5 percent merit-based increase in employee compensation.” He said…

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Full plate of issues

The state Legislature convenes its annual session today with a full plate of issues. It’ll all be kicked off at 1 p.m. today (noon Pacific time) with Gov. Butch Otter’s first State of the State message, in which he’ll also unveil his state budget. You…

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