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UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017

16 big-water battles: Idaho flood recovery is far from over

Accustomed to drought, south-central Idaho was overwhelmed this winter by simply too much water.


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017

Otter files to intervene in grocery tax case, defend his veto of repeal bill

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter filed to intervene Wednesday in a lawsuit in which his veto of a grocery tax repeal bill is being challenged by state lawmakers, saying it’s both …


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017

Otter: No federal relief for 5 Idaho counties

Gov. Butch Otter says the federal government has once again rejected his request for disaster aid for five counties in Idaho, denying millions of dollars to help pay for the …


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017

Idaho court orders fixes to grocery tax veto lawsuit, or it’ll be dismissed

The Idaho Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday morning in the challenge by 30 state lawmakers to Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of the grocery tax repeal bill, ordering procedural problems …


Idaho Supreme Court finds errors in grocery tax lawsuit

The Idaho Supreme Court has found several errors in a lawsuit filed by 30 lawmakers challenging Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto on a bill that would have repealed the state’s …


Grocery tax repeal veto prompts debate in Idaho over powers of Legislature, governor

After Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a popular bill to remove the state’s 6 percent sales tax from groceries, North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick is renewing his push to change …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017

Gov. Otter urges caution amid growing flood threats in Boise area and throughout state

Gov. Butch Otter joined local, state and federal officials today to urge caution amid increasing risk of flooding across the state, including in the Boise River basin. “Most of our …


Lawmakers urge Idaho Supreme Court to reconsider veto ruling

group of 30 lawmakers, including some legislative leaders, are urging the Idaho Supreme Court to overturn a nearly 40-year-old ruling on when the governor can veto a bill.


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017

Labrador still coy on run for governor

Now that the critical first 100 days of the new Trump administration are nearly at an end, Congressman Raul Labrador says he’ll be turning his thoughts to Idaho’s 2018 gubernatorial …


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017

Task force expected to push students to continue education

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has created a Task Force on Higher Education that he hopes will increase the amount of workers who have a post-high school education. The …


With lawmakers gone, Otter decides the fate of their work

It’s Gov. Butch Otter’s turn, as the Legislature left town with hundreds of bills awaiting his signature or veto.


Idaho governor signs nearly 60 bills into law

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed more than 60 bills into law, including the state’s $1.7 billion public schools budget for next year.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017

Otter mum on plans for grocery tax repeal bill, worried about state budget

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he gives lawmakers high marks for their just-completed legislative session – but also some “incompletes” – and he wouldn’t say whether he’d sign …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017

Boise man in homeless lawsuit to run for governor

A Boise man who was once a plaintiff in a high-profile anti-panhandling lawsuit has registered as a Republican candidate for Idaho governor.


Idaho panel backs $126 million resolution to purchase office space

The Idaho House has approved a resolution authorizing state officials to negotiate the purchase of $126 million in new office space.


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017

Eye on Boise: Idaho tax coffers to get a boost from Amazon deal; Otter opposes grocery tax repeal

With the news that Amazon will begin collecting state sales tax from Idaho shoppers starting on April 1, Idaho’s state general fund coffers stand to gain $15 million to $30 …


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017

Idaho looks to take over former high-tech campus for new state office complex

Gov. Butch Otter says Idaho is seeking approval to negotiate the purchase of the HP Boise campus as “a new home for the Idaho State Tax Commission and several other …


Idaho leaders continue to review faith-healing laws

Legislative leaders are currently considering several options to change Idaho’s faith-healing laws, but details about what’s being discussed are being kept under wraps.


Clergy, faith leaders react to Gov. Otter’s refugee stance

Nearly 30 Idaho clergy and faith representatives filled Gov. Butch Otter’s office on Wednesday urging the Republican to welcome all refugees and not just give preference to persecuted Christians.


Idaho’s horse racing revival efforts reveal divisions

The fight over Idaho’s faltering horse racing industry is building into a face-off between the Legislature and the governor’s office.


Otter signs snow disaster declaration for Washington County

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed a disaster declaration for Washington County in west-central Idaho due to snow accumulations.


Idaho panel reintroduces sign language interpreter bill

An eastern Idaho lawmaker is once again backing legislation requiring sign language interpreters to get a professional license from a state board. Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a similar proposal in …


Idaho Gov. Otter orders cybersecurity improvements for Idaho

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed an executive order aimed at protecting the state’s computer networks from hackers. The order signed Monday creates a director of Information Security position, with …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017

Review shows Otter has achieved $1 billion in tax cuts

Gov. Butch Otter said he has lowered the tax burden for Idaho residents by roughly $1 billion during his 11-year tenure, and an Associated Press review shows the numbers added …


University of Idaho to get millions to raise food better

The University of Idaho is feeling love from Gov. Butch Otter as it works to bring to life a $45 million research and education initiative in dairy and livestock production.


Shawn Vestal: Butch Otter’s reefer madness needs a cure

As the nation slowly stands down from its counterproductive and expensive war on marijuana, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has staked out a unique position.


Idaho Gov. Otter focuses on education, sets up fight with fellow R’s 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 …


Idaho’s sage grouse lawsuit dismissed by federal judge

judge has rejected Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s lawsuit contending the Obama administration acted illegally by imposing federal land-use restrictions intended to protect the sage grouse in Idaho and southwestern Montana.


Eye on Boise: Gov. Butch Otter’s name floated as potential agriculture secretary in Trump administration

Given the on-and-off announcements about various prospective Trump appointees in recent days, it’s with some hesitance that I pass along this maybe-news: Idaho Gov. Butch Otter now is supposedly among …


Idaho governor being vetted for US agriculture secretary

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said he is being considered as a possible candidate for agriculture secretary.