by Associated Press & KTVB
Posted on January 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM
BOISE -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says the budget belt-tightening and government downsizing that defined his first term will become standard operating practices in his second.
The Republican was sworn in as Idaho's 32nd governor, and promised Friday to continue promoting a solid business environment as the state crawls from the economic downturn into recovery.
During his inaugural address, Otter also vowed to keep resisting mandates from Washington, D.C. He said "Responsible management of state government, spending, and pushing back against federal intrusion and our sovereignty are important" parts of his job as governor.
Otter also outlined the next four years saying the shaky economy will forever shape the way Idaho does business.
“You will see what started as emergency measures taken in response to the Great Recession's impact on Idaho become standard operating practices in our state government - permanent changes in how we do business, aimed at leaving a smaller, better-defined and more constructive imprint on our people's lives,” said Otter.
He also addressed the estimated 71,000 Idahoans who are out of work.
“My message to them is that those of us in state government are more committed than ever to addressing the root of our economic woes by tapping into the enterprising spirit of our communities, our families, and individual men and women to create new opportunities,” said Otter.
More of the status quo of Idaho. The rest of the Nation is struggling right now. But, as always, some states are better off than others. Obviously Idaho does not want to be one of the latter. As long as we have our State sovereignty, damn success. I can and will never be able to support a leader who disregards our future by cutting education and services to children.
NPR radio did a little checking. Before Governor Otter got up and told the world that he would not accept any of Obama’s stimulus money, he had already sent a letter to Washington breaking down what he plans to spend it on. He did not spend it on education or the poor.
(I Hope that future generations of Idahoans' will be literate enough to read a blog)
Better Panic Now!