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Otter puts focus on education, fight in store over tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter put his focus squarely on education Monday as he kicked off the legislative session with an address to a joint session of the House and Senate – bitterly disappointing many House Republicans by ruling out big new tax cuts. You can read my full story here...

Otter: ‘Up to us to put the lessons of 2016 to work for Idaho’

“If the recent national election taught us anything, it’s that the people are still in charge,” Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers. “I’m proud that Idahoans voted in support of real and substantial change in our national government and against stuck-in-the-mud business as usual.” He said,...

Otter sounds warning on lawmakers’ tax-cut plans

“It’s no surprise that we all want tax relief,” Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers. “For some, it’s the top priority of this legislative session. But I would remind you that together we have reduced the burden on our citizens, on taxes, during my tenure by...

Otter calls for building initiative for Idaho universities

On higher education, Gov. Butch Otter is proposing just a 2.16 percent increase in state general funds, while he’s calling for a 6.37 percent boost for community colleges. But separately from the higher ed budget, he’s also calling for a $35 million building initiative, through...

Otter: State of the state is ‘resurgent’

Gov. Butch Otter told a joint session of the Legislature today, “It’s my honor and privilege to report to you today that the state of Idaho is resurgent, and in fact is gaining a national reputation among states for our stability and our strength.” Otter...

Health coverage, road projects among priorities for Idaho Legislature

When the Idaho Legislature convenes on Monday, it’ll be divided between those who want to address the state’s long-festering health coverage gap, and those who say there’s too much uncertainty at the federal level to change anything now. But there are other big issues on lawmakers’ plates as well, some with big stakes.