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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter delivers his sixth State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature. (AP / Matt Cilley)

Guv lays out agenda, now it's lawmakers' turn

Here's a link to my story in today's Spokesman-Review on Gov. Butch Otter's agenda, as laid out to lawmakers yesterday. Today, the legislative session is under way; the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee is meeting this morning to begin digging into the governor's budget proposals.

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

Guv: 'Let's go to work'

Gov. Butch Otter concluded his message, "My thanks to you, God speed, let's go to work." His speech lasted 35 minutes; it was reportedly 28 minutes without applause, so the difference reflects the interruptions for applause from lawmakers. You can read the full text of…

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Standing ovation for Darrell Manning (Betsy Russell)

Lawmakers recognize Manning

Gov. Butch Otter recognized Darrell Manning, who has just retired as chairman of the Idaho Transportation Board. Manning, a former member of both houses, has served in numerous state positions over the years. "We applaud your work for the people of Idaho," Otter said to…

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Lawmakers applaud Gov. Butch Otter's proposal to begin refilling the state's reserve funds, during his State of the State message on Monday (Betsy Russell)

Refilling 'rainy-day funds'...

Idaho has drained $381 million from its various reserve funds in the past four years, as the economic downturn crimped the state budget and the money had to plug holes in the state budget. Now, Gov. Butch Otter is proposing starting to refill the accounts,…

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Otter on school funding...

In his budget proposal for public schools for next year, Gov. Butch Otter is calling for a $31.7 million increase in general funds, or 2.6 percent. That's less than the 5 percent sought by state schools Supt. Tom Luna, but Otter also would parcel out…

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (Betsy Russell)

Otter unveils 'IGEM' program: What it is...

The governor is unveiling his new "IGEM" jobs initiative, which stands for Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission. It's a $5 million program that includes permanent, ongoing state funding for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, or CAES, at $2 million within the higher ed budget; another…

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Guv lauds Idaho entrepreneurs...

Gov. Butch Otter named a string of Idaho employers as examples of "Idaho's entrepreneurs stepping up and expressing confidence in our future." Among them: The new Chobani Greek yogurt plant being built in Twin Falls; Idaho's dairy industry; ON Semiconductor in Pocatello; the new Allstate…

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Gov. Butch Otter gives his State of the State message (Betsy Russell)

Otter: 'Our new normal'

Gov. Butch Otter says when he first was elected, he had "three broad priorities," and they haven't changed: "Encourage economic opportunity, ensure responsible government, and empower Idahoans to be the architects of their own destiny." He said circumstances, including the economic downturn, have raised the…

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Otter calls for 'Hire One Vet' effort 

Gov. Butch Otter is calling for a "Hire One Vet" effort, echoing the name of his tax-incentive bill last year that was dubbed the "Hire One Act." Though he offered no details, he said it'll be a collaboration of the state departments of Labor, Veterans…

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Otter pays tribute to troops, those lost

The governor is paying tribute to Idaho's military members, including the Idaho National Guard's 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team and the Army Reserve's 391st Engineer Company. He noted those who died in 2011: Nathan Beyers and Nicholas Newby of the 116th; and from other military…

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Gov. Butch Otter is greeted by lawmakers (Betsy Russell)

Otter: 'Sounds promising already'

Gov. Butch Otter was greeted with a standing ovation as he entered the House chamber, shaking hands with lawmakers as he went. House Speaker Lawerence Denney told Otter, "The House and the Senate have both agreed that this will be a very short session." Responded…

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Joint session of the Idaho Legislature, 1/9/12 (Betsy Russell)

Joint session under way...

Senators are now seated in the House chamber, and the joint session is under way; still to arrive are dignitaries including the state's top judges, and Gov. Butch Otter, who will be escorted into the chamber shortly to give his sixth State of the State…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2012

Gov. Butch Otter is pushing the Idaho Legislature

Big decisions loom in a political year...

In Idaho politics, all eyes will be on Gov. Butch Otter on Monday, as he lays out his agenda and budget proposal to lawmakers for this year's election-year session. Big decisions loom; lawmakers and Otter budgeted so conservatively last year that they’re now sitting on…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

Ron Paul wins Idaho's GOP straw poll 

The Idaho Republican Party's first presidential straw poll tonight was won decisively by Ron Paul, with 173 votes of the 359 GOP members attending and paying $30 to cast a ballot at the party fundraiser at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. Mitt Romney came in…

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