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Otter: ‘Public confidence must be earned anew every day’

“Public confidence must be earned anew every day,” Idaho Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers in his State of the State message today. “So let us begin our work together unfettered by cynicism or mistrust, and with a sure understanding of our limitations as well as our potential. With you, I look forward to advancing the interests of the people we serve.”

Throwing a jab at the federal government, Otter said, “There is neither rhyme nor reason to how the federal government does, or does not, do its job.” He pointed to “partisan rancor,” “political infighting,” “inaction” and “dysfunction” in the nation’s capitol, and said, “Here in Idaho we have not only the opportunity but the responsibility to set a higher standard, and then live up to it.”

Otter said, “I ran for governor in 2006 because my six years in Congress taught me that the states are where our republic must meet today’s challenges and prepare for those that lay ahead. That is just as true today, and even more apparent.”



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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