“As I said at the end of the 2017 legislative session, unemployment tax relief should be job one for 2018 - I hope you agree,” Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers, drawing applause. Last year, he proposed a cut to the unemployment insurance tax rates that businesses pay, which would save Idaho employers $115 million over three years with no impact on the state general fund. It didn’t pass, after it got caught up in tax-cut politics despite bipartisan support. Otter said he wants that bill passed this year with an emergency clause.
Otter said his proposal would roll back an automatic rate increase that took effect Jan. 1, and called it a "simple but necessary change."