Butch Otter http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Gov. Otter Signs Tax Incentive Bill To Lure Businesses To Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-signs-tax-incentive-bill-lure-businesses-idaho <p></p><p>Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is backing legislation aimed at creating jobs and bringing business to Idaho.</p><p>Otter on Thursday signed the bill into law that refunds up to 30 percent of state corporate income taxes, payroll taxes and sales taxes to businesses that create a certain number of new jobs.</p><p>The measure mandates workers must be paid wages that at least match the county average.</p><p>The bill hit some speed bumps during the session, drawing the ire of small business owners who said the tax breaks give an unfair edge to their larger competitors.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:43:15 +0000 Associated Press 42898 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Signs Tax Incentive Bill To Lure Businesses To Idaho Removed From Idaho Education Task Force, One Member Cries Foul http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/removed-idaho-education-task-force-one-member-cries-foul <p>A member of Idaho’s '<a href="http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/board_initiatives/education_improvement_taskforce/taskforce_jump.asp" target="_blank">Task Force for Improving Education</a>' has been kicked out of the group. Mike Lanza says he was told it was because he went to work for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Democratic challenger.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:38:10 +0000 Adam Cotterell 42831 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Removed From Idaho Education Task Force, One Member Cries Foul Idaho Agriculture Industry Happy With 2014 Legislature http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-agriculture-industry-happy-2014-legislature <p></p><p>Idaho's farmers, ranchers and producers say they're happy with the outcome of the 2014 Legislature.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1i1yyJk" target="_blank">The Capitol Press</a> reports a lot of things went right for the agricultural industry during the 74-day session, where numerous industry-boosting bills found a foothold.</p><p>That included the Agriculture Security Act, a dairy-backed bill that punishes those who film agricultural operations, and is designed to protect farmers from spying activists.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:17:02 +0000 Associated Press 42528 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Agriculture Industry Happy With 2014 Legislature Governor Otter Signs Wolf Control Bill http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/governor-otter-signs-wolf-control-bill <p></p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed a bill to create a state board that will work to control the growth of wolf populations in the state.</p><p>Otter signed the bill on Wednesday, despite opposition from some conservation groups.</p><p>The bill, which passed on the final day of the recent legislative session, creates a $400,000 fund and establishes a five-member board whose job is to authorize the killing of wolves that come into conflict with wildlife or livestock.</p><p>The money comes from the state's general fund.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:44:01 +0000 Associated Press 42485 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Governor Otter Signs Wolf Control Bill Romney's Job In Idaho: Prevent GOP Voters From Veering 'Wild Right' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/romneys-job-idaho-prevent-gop-voters-veering-wild-right Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. We've talked on this program about something resembling a civil war in the Republican Party this year. More establishment Republicans are in primary battles against Tea Party candidates, and money is pouring in on both sides.<p>GREENE: We saw that happening when we visited Idaho some weeks ago. That's where a Tea Party backed political newcomer named Bryan Smith is trying to push out long-time Republican Congressman Mike Simpson. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42100 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mitt Romney Says Idaho Is A Leading Example Of Conservative Governing That Works http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mitt-romney-says-idaho-leading-example-conservative-governing-works <p></p><p>Former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts Governor <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mitt-romney-hosts-campaign-events-otter-simpson">Mitt Romney is in Idaho this week</a> campaigning on behalf of three longtime politicians.</p><p></p><p>On Thursday, Romney hosted a $250-per-plate luncheon for two-time Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. The event was also to benefit eight-time Rep. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Sen. Jim Risch, R-ID, who is campaigning for his first re-election bid.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:52:13 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42077 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mitt Romney Says Idaho Is A Leading Example Of Conservative Governing That Works Mitt Romney Hosts Campaign Events For Otter, Simpson http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mitt-romney-hosts-campaign-events-otter-simpson <p>If there’s one place failed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney can still be effective, it’s in Idaho. The former Massachusetts governor<a href="http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/RESULTS/2012/General/tot_stwd.htm" target="_blank"> won nearly 65 percent of Idaho votes</a> in the 2012 presidential race.</p><p>Thursday, he’ll ask Idahoans to re-elect two-time Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. Romney hosted a high-end fundraiser for Rep. Mike Simpson in Idaho Falls Wednesday.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:17:39 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42001 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mitt Romney Hosts Campaign Events For Otter, Simpson Report: Idaho Doesn't Know Total Cost Of Death Penalty http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-idaho-doesnt-know-total-cost-death-penalty <p>A <a href="http://legislature.idaho.gov/ope/publications/reports/r1402.html" target="_blank">new report</a> from Idaho's state auditors shows that sentencing a defendant to life in prison without parole is more expensive than imposing the death penalty.</p><p>But the Office of Performance Evaluations also found that the state's criminal justice agencies don't collect enough data to determine the total cost of the death penalty. Hannah Crumrine and Tony Grange presented the report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee Wednesday morning.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:53:17 +0000 Associated Press 41980 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Interior Secretary Jewell, Congressmen Visit Boise To Tout Wildfire Suppression Funding Overhaul http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/interior-secretary-jewell-congressmen-visit-boise-tout-wildfire-suppression-funding-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of Congressional Democrats and Republicans gathered in Boise Monday to tout a proposal that would change the way the federal government pays for firefighting operations in the West and beyond. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID, Sen. Jim Risch, R-ID, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-OR, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-ID, and Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:03:03 +0000 Scott Graf 41862 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Interior Secretary Jewell, Congressmen Visit Boise To Tout Wildfire Suppression Funding Overhaul Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Signs Guns On Campus Bill http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-gov-butch-otter-signs-guns-campus-bill <p>Starting July 1, students, staff and visitors to Idaho's college and university campuses will be legally allowed to carry concealed guns with a permit. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed <a href="http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/S1254.htm">Senate Bill 1254</a> into law Wednesday, making Idaho the <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/education/guns-on-campus-overview.aspx">seventh state to allow guns on campuses</a>.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:36:46 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 41611 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Signs Guns On Campus Bill Guns On Campus Bill Passes Idaho Legislature, Headed To The Governor http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/guns-campus-bill-passes-idaho-legislature-headed-governor <p></p><p>The Idaho House has voted to back a bill allowing students, faculty and visitors carry guns on college campuses.</p><p>The bill passed with a 50-19 vote, with proponents arguing it upholds Second Amendment rights and allows people on campuses to protect themselves.</p><p>But lawmakers who voted against it skewered the measure, saying it's being pushed through despite opposition from leaders of all eight public colleges and universities.</p><p>Those leaders worry it will disrupt learning environments and put people at risk.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:27:25 +0000 Associated Press 41275 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Guns On Campus Bill Passes Idaho Legislature, Headed To The Governor Idaho Governor Otter To Seek Third Term http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governor-otter-seek-third-term <p></p><p>Idaho Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is officially running for a third term.</p><p>Otter filed his declaration of candidacy Monday with the Secretary of State's Office.</p><p>In a statement, Otter says he wants to continue to make Idaho the best place in America to live, work and raise a family.</p><p>The former congressman has been widely expected to seek re-election.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:12:37 +0000 Associated Press 41096 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Otter To Seek Third Term Governor Otter Signs Idaho's 'Ag-Gag' Bill http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/governor-otter-signs-idahos-ag-gag-bill <p></p><p>Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed a bill threatening people who secretly film animal abuse at Idaho's agricultural facilities with jail and fines.</p><p>Otter inked the new law Friday, two days after it cleared its final hurdle in the House.</p><p>Otter, a rancher, said the measure promoted by the dairy industry "is about agriculture producers being secure in their property and their livelihood."</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:11:25 +0000 Associated Press 40961 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Governor Otter Signs Idaho's 'Ag-Gag' Bill Idaho Couples Ask Judge To Rule On Gay Marriage http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-couples-ask-judge-rule-gay-marriage <p></p><p>Four couples suing over Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal judge to rule in their favor without a trial, contending the facts of the case and recent federal court rulings elsewhere make it clear that Idaho's marriage laws violate the Constitution.</p><p>The defendant in the case, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, also is asking the judge for an immediate ruling, contending that states and not the federal government have the right to define marriage and that same-sex marriages would harm Idaho's children.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:08:57 +0000 Associated Press 40469 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Couples Ask Judge To Rule On Gay Marriage Environmentalists Urge Idaho Lawmakers To Scrap Otter's Dam Proposal http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/environmentalists-urge-idaho-lawmakers-scrap-otters-dam-proposal <p></p><p>Environmentalists are worried about new and expanded dams on southwestern Idaho rivers after lawmakers voted to inject millions into studying water storage projects pushed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.</p><p>Idaho Rivers United Thursday formally opposed what could be $1.3 billion in dams on the Boise and Weiser rivers.</p><p>A day earlier, the House voted unanimously to spend $3.5 million to complete initial studies.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:16:07 +0000 Associated Press 40205 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Environmentalists Urge Idaho Lawmakers To Scrap Otter's Dam Proposal Republican Senator Fulcher Raises $250,000 For Idaho Governor's Race http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/republican-senator-fulcher-raises-250000-idaho-governors-race <p></p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher released his latest campaign finance report Friday. <a href="http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/Finance/2014/2013Annual/Candidate/Gov_Fulcher.pdf">The report shows</a> Fulcher raised $251,642 last year, $100,000 of which he personally loaned to his campaign.</p><p>Fulcher is currently a state senator in the Idaho Legislature. He's running against fellow Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter in the May primary.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:34:46 +0000 Samantha Wright 39431 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Republican Senator Fulcher Raises $250,000 For Idaho Governor's Race Themes Emerge In State Of The State Addresses http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/themes-emerge-state-state-addresses On Tuesday, President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union Address from the Capitol. But today, we will be taking a look at three State of the State Addresses made by governors this month, for a snapshot of what&#8217;s going on around the nation:<p><ul> <li>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (<a href="https://governor.mo.gov/news/speeches/2014-state-state-address-0" target="_blank">see address transcript</a>)</li> <li>California Gov. Jerry Brown (<a href="http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18373" target="_blank">see address transcript</a>)</li> <li>Idaho Gov. C.L. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:14:52 +0000 editor 38971 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Has More Than $700K To Run Against Fulcher In Idaho's Primary http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-has-more-700k-run-against-fulcher-idahos-primary <p></p><p>Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said he has more than $700,000 in cash to wage a campaign against his Republican primary challenger, state Sen. Russ Fulcher.</p><p>Otter filed his latest campaign report Tuesday, outlining his 2013 fundraising when he brought in $901,000, largely from business groups.</p><p>Fulcher hasn't filed his report.</p><p>Meanwhile, Otter hasn't formally announced he's running for a third term.</p><p>Among Otter's biggest supporters were trucking lobbyists, cigarette maker Altria, retailer Wal-Mart and wealthy Emmett rancher Harry Bettis, who gave $7,500.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:22:27 +0000 Associated Press 38853 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Has More Than $700K To Run Against Fulcher In Idaho's Primary Idaho To Begin Process Of Taking Over Private Prison http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-begin-process-taking-over-private-prison <p>The Idaho Board of Correction has officially ordered the state's prison department to begin the process of taking over operations at the privately run Idaho Correctional Center.</p><p>The board made the decision Friday, one week after Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced that he believed the state's experiment with privatization at the facility was over.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:17:27 +0000 Associated Press 38332 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Asks Idaho Lawmakers For $15 Million Down Payment On Dams, Water Study http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-asks-idaho-lawmakers-15-million-down-payment-dams-water-study <p></p><p>Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter aims to build billions of dollars in new or expanded Idaho dams, to capture more water in his state's drought-stricken southern desert for crops, cities and flushing endangered salmon to the sea.</p><p>He's asking lawmakers to give him $15 million down payment for, among other things, studying whether a new era of dam building make sense, given somebody will have to pay for it.</p><p>One project he's pushing, a new Weiser River dam, could be used for everything from flood control to electricity.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:29:43 +0000 Associated Press 38164 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Asks Idaho Lawmakers For $15 Million Down Payment On Dams, Water Study