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Idaho governor proposes transportation plan

Gov. Butch Otter, arm bound in a sling after shoulder surgery but vigorously greeting supporters, shaking hands (with his left hand) and touting his top priority - fixing Idaho roads …


Otter back right on schedule

BOISE – Lt. Gov. Brad Little, at the close of his budget hearing before state lawmakers this week, was asked by Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, “Do you and Gov. (Butch) …


Despite fundraising, Otter mum on plans

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter has yet to say if he will seek another term, but that’s not stopping the Republican from raising the cash he’d need to pay for …


Idaho agency’s efficiency alters budget plans

BOISE - Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to trim the duties of the state Board of Education by moving a slew of agencies out from under its oversight has hit …


Surgery puts Otter out of office for a week

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who missed a crucial month of last year’s legislative session because of hip surgery – during which state lawmakers rejected much of his agenda …


Idaho governor out for surgery – again

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who missed a crucial month of last year’s legislative session due to hip surgery, leaving his agenda stalled with state lawmakers, today unexpectedly went in for …


Idaho schools chief proposes cuts

BOISE – Idaho’s top education official Thursday proposed $62 million in funding cuts for public schools next year, slicing into everything from teacher pay to administration to building maintenance.


Lobbyists helping Idaho lieutenant governor

BOISE – A week after new Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little said it was the “best practice” for elected officials not to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists during the legislative …


NIC crimped by state budget crunch

North Idaho College, which had its budget hearing before JFAC this morning, had been hoping for $605,100 next year to start up a much-needed dental hygienist program in partnership with …


Idaho’s latest spending cuts closer to becoming permanent

The Idaho Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted unanimously this morning to make the Gov. Butch Otter’s 4 percent holdbacks in this year’s state budget permanent.


Politicians spar over laptops

BOISE – With controversial budget cuts on the line, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter became embroiled Tuesday in a fight with lawmakers over his line-item veto last year of their new …


Idaho asks tribe to help keep Old Mission park open

BOISE – Idaho officials say a tight state budget will force them to end funding July 1 for the Old Mission State Park along Interstate 90, the site of the …


Idaho asks tribe to help keep Old Mission park open

BOISE – Idaho officials say a tight state budget will force them to end funding July 1 for the Old Mission State Park along Interstate 90, the site of the …


Otter proposes cuts to schools

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter dropped a bombshell on state legislators Monday – a proposal for the state’s first-ever cut in public school funding. “The fact is that my …


Otter says budget cuts difficult but needed

BOISE — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter was at a meeting last month when a woman confronted him over cutbacks in her autistic son’s services through the Department of Health and …


ITD board passes over Dover Bridge project

BOISE - Gov. Butch Otter and North Idaho lawmakers both expressed concern Thursday after Idaho’s transportation board knocked the replacement of the deteriorated Dover Bridge off the top of a …


Otter can’t reject pay raise

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter’s decision to turn down a scheduled 3 percent pay raise this year has run into an unexpected roadblock: An Idaho attorney general’s opinion that concludes …


Brad Little named lieutenant governor

BOISE – Brad Little, a rancher and state senator from Emmett, Idaho, was chosen by Gov. Butch Otter on Tuesday to be Idaho’s new lieutenant governor, as former Lt. Gov. …


Otter names Little to Idaho’s No. 2 post

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter made big political news just now with his announcement of his pick for the state’s new lieutenant governor: Sen. Brad Little, R-Emmett, a rancher and Senate …


Otter asks for more budget cuts

BOISE – As economic recovery hopes dim, Gov. Butch Otter has asked state agencies to prioritize programs to be trimmed in fiscal year 2010 in anticipation of possible cuts of …


Otter pushes gas tax increase

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter intends to push Idaho lawmakers to raise the state gas tax, increase car and truck registration fees, and tax rental cars to pay for pressing …


Otter says more cuts needed

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has ordered another 3 percent cut from Idaho’s current state budget, on top of the 1 percent he trimmed in September. Layoffs of state …


Feeling flush this time of year

BOISE - As Idaho’s state government braces for a new round of midyear budget holdbacks, the state has something it didn’t have five years ago, the last time the budget …


Minnick says he’ll focus on goals over partisanship

BOISE – As Idaho’s newest congressman-elect prepares to head for Washington, D.C., he’s expecting help from national Democrats who’ll want to cement their party’s hold on his seat – but …


Otter drops $150 car registration plan

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter withdrew his $150-a-car registration fee plan Wednesday, accusing lawmakers of trying to use him for “political cover” to avoid addressing Idaho’s transportation backlog. “I’m still …


Idaho’s Otter learning tough role of governor

Butch Otter spent many years dreaming about being the governor of this state. But if you ask him whether one of those dreams was to tell Idahoans he needed to …


By visiting Cuba, Otter puts trade before politics

Hard telling what Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is up to in Cuba. He arrived in Havana on Tuesday, but since checking back with his staff in Boise has been semi-incommunicado. …