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Idaho lawmakers mull ambitious plan to address state’s severe doctor shortage

Idaho is severely lacking in doctors, and many of its existing ones are nearing retirement age, Dr. Ted Epperly told lawmakers Wednesday as he presented the state’s new 10-year plan to increase graduate medical education in the state, which the state Board of Education is recommending launching in the coming year.

Idaho governor pitches tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter rolled out a major tax-cut proposal Monday in his 12th and final State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature. “It’s true that our tax burden in Idaho is relatively light compared with other states,” the third-term governor told lawmakers. “But our income levels also remain comparatively low...

Idaho governor pitches tax cuts

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter rolled out a major tax cut proposal Monday in his 12th and final State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature.

Otter wraps up 53-minute speech, gets extended ovation

Gov. Butch Otter’s final State of the State address ran roughly 53 minutes; he was interrupted more than a dozen times by applause, including an extended standing ovation at the end of his speech. He also was ribbed a bit by a lawmaker who began...

Otter on progress…

“My friends, I say again: Idaho is stronger and more economically diverse than ever,” Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers today in his State of the State message. “Our unemployment rate is near a record low. Wages are on the rise. Whole industry sectors are emerging...

Otter outlines tax-cut proposals

“It’s true that our tax burden in Idaho is relatively light compared with other states,” Gov. Butch Otter told the House and Senate in his State of the State message today. “But our income levels also remain comparatively low, and beneath our own expectations.” He...

Otter calls for funding new higher ed CEO

Turning to higher education, Gov. Butch Otter told lawmakers that he’s recommending hiring an “executive officer to coordinate the work of all our higher education institutions,” a change he said “will upend the status quo.” The move is aimed at finding “tens of millions of...

Otter honors Andrus, says he learned from him, ‘We must govern’

Gov. Butch Otter, in his State of the State address today, paid tribute to the late Gov. Cecil Andrus, who he noted “gave even more State of the State speeches than me!” “The outpouring of fond remembrance and well-earned respect for Cece was a welcome...