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Otter creates group to fix roads funding

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter took a major step back in his push for more roads funding Tuesday, assigning a task force studying funding solutions to report back in December 2010 – long after next year’s legislative session and just before the 2011 session. “Obviously … there’s a lot of work to do,” Otter said. “That gives them plenty of time – they’re not going to hurry into anything. All options are on the table."

Otter retreats on Idaho road funding

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter took a major step back in his push for more road funding in the state on Tuesday, assigning a task force studying funding solutions to report back in December of 2010 - long after next year's legislative session, and just before the 2011 session. The move would delay the recommendations until after the 2010 legislative elections.

Stimulus details came too late, Otter says

Three state governors agreed Monday that they had hoped more federal stimulus dollars would be devoted to infrastructure projects because of the challenge of finding one-time projects that create jobs but don’t obligate states for future funding. “I think we’ve all been very cautious about growing our programs and making sure we didn’t put ourselves in a position that we couldn’t sustain,” said Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Otter’s hard line softens over time

BOISE – When Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was a legislator back in the ’70s, he was precisely the sort of outspoken, no-new-taxes, shrink-government conservative as those in the House who stymied his transportation initiative this year. Now he can’t understand why the young lawmakers don’t get his point in pushing for a gas tax increase – that transportation is a proper role of government, and it’s pay now or pay more later.

Butch Otter: Evolution of a Libertarian

BOISE – When Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was a legislator back in the ’70s, he was precisely the sort of outspoken, no-new-taxes, shrink-government conservative as those in the House who stymied his transportation initiative this year.

New plates honor combat victims

BOISE – Idaho already had more than 70 special license plates, touting interests as varied as breast cancer awareness and skiing. Now it has four more. Gov. Butch Otter signed a bill into law Monday creating a “Gold Star Family” license plate for families who’ve lost a member in military combat.

New Idaho specialty plates include ‘Gold Star’

Idaho already had more than 70 options for special license plates, from breast cancer awareness to snow skier to Pearl Harbor survivor. Now it's got four more, as Gov. Butch Otter signed a bill into law today creating a "Gold Star Family" license plate for families who've lost a member in combat.

Otter vetoes more bills

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed 25 bills on Tuesday, after his own party in the House overwhelmingly killed his transportation plan. House members followed up the bill’s 55-15 defeat by bringing out a cake decorated with twinkling candles to commemorate the 100th day of this year’s legislative session.

Otter pushes for road funds

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter vetoed 10 bills Monday, jolting state lawmakers into action on his transportation initiative 99 days into the legislative session. Six hours after he wielded his big, red “VETO” stamp for the 10th time, the Idaho Senate voted 21-14 in favor of an amended bill that would raise Idaho’s gas tax by 3 cents a gallon next year and another 3 cents the following year, plus raise an array of Department of Motor Vehicle fees and eliminate an ethanol exemption from the gas tax.

Our View: Idaho’s lack of disclosure sends wrong message

The Idaho Legislature looked like it would finally overcome perennial opposition to personal financial disclosure requirements for lawmakers, but House Speaker Lawerence Denney has decided to sit on the bill. The Senate passed the measure unanimously Thursday. Gov. Butch Otter is eager to sign it. House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, was skeptical at first but didn’t find the bill objectionable upon reading it.