State of the State live blog

1:54 p.m.: Otter appeals to legislators to set aside partisanship and parochialism. Yet, in many ways, this is probably his most partisan State of the State, at least where feds are concerned.

1:51 p.m.: Otter vows to fight mercury "dumping" in Idaho, federal "bureaucratic nonsense" on slickspot peppergrass preservation, budget breaking and "sleight of hand" on health care reform. Health care reform "a wholesale assault" on self-determination.

1:45 p.m.: Otter requests $1 million for college scholarships, says state must fund "tremendous" enrollment growth at CWI. However, Otter budget calls for 0.55 percent decrease in community college funding

1:42 p.m.: Otter calls for increasing grocery tax credit, which could cost up to $15 million. Smattering of applause from legislators.

1:40 p.m.: Otter calls for 1.6 percent cut to public schools in 2009-10. Totals $27.9 million.

1:37 p.m.: No-growth budget will eliminate more than 400 positions, 375 of which are now vacant.

1:35 p.m.: Otter: Budget will more closely align government with its "properly limited role."

1:32 p.m.: A half hour in, and really not much detail about budget plans. Otter did say his September cuts do not cover entire 2009-10 shortfall, of up to $51 million.

1:29 p.m.: Otter: "Transportation remains a very important priority for my administration."

1:25 p.m.: Otter: "(Idahoans) do not want a federal-style, one-size-fits-all, nanny government that not only tells them what to do but how and when to do it."

1:22 p.m.: Otter says Idaho will pursue F-35 at Mountain Home AFB. An opportunity, he says, for Idaho to display "patriotism and civic virtue."

1:19 p.m.: Otter praises a range of Idaho businesses, labels Micron Technology as "resurgent." "(Micron) continues to believe so strongly in Idaho and the potential of our state and our people that it's seeing a rebirth of new technologies and business opportunities."

1:12 p.m.: "We will not raise taxes," and will maintain stable tax structure. And keep some money in reserve. "Prudence demands that we act with caution."

1:08 p.m.: Biggest applause line so far (and maybe for the rest of the afternoon: A shout out to BSU and Idaho football teams.

1:05 p.m.: Otter: Says this will be the longest of his four State of the State addresses, jokes that it may be longer than the session.

12:48 p.m.: Welcome to the State of the State Address live blog. I will update throughout the speech, which begins at 1 p.m.

Money in reserve?

Somebody tell him its raining. Collecting interest on hundreds of millions of dollars is the dumbest thing I've ever heard from Republican government. He ain't stimulating diddly. Call him Herbert "Butch" Hoover.

"Otter says Idaho will

"Otter says Idaho will pursue F-35 at Mountain Home AFB. An opportunity, he says, for Idaho to display "patriotism and civic virtue.'"--yet he rails against federal pork and wrongfully asserts that health care reform would be bad for Idaho.

http://idablue.blogspot.com/2010/01/rich-irony-that-will-go-unnoticed-in.html

Idaho doesn't operate the Air Force much-does he buy the planes?

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Keith Allred for Governor

It is so difficult to Watch Otter hang onto ideology rather than common sense. I have worked with Wyoming legislators and Government who actually put the stimulus into projects that are putting them ahead in the future...and most of them are Republican. Please, if we are going to be capitalists, I am asking that we have a governor that knows how to capitalize on capitalism rather than helping us fight for our right to be po and incarcerated.

Word is

He's actually going to increase the attorney budget to attack the feds on health care reform which is laughable since virtually every industry in Idaho, including nuclear, ag, Mountain Home, mining, health care, is dependent upon federal money and state government in Idaho will be one of the biggest recipients under reform.

http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2010/01/07/health-care-reform-state-winners-and-losers/

how do I get a copy of the Governor's Executive Budget

recommendations that he keeps referring to? I don't see it on his website or the legislative website.

Otter’s speech was pure

Otter’s speech was pure campaign rhetoric littered with conservative talking point propaganda that blatantly pandered to the social conservative legislature whose support he must have.

Otter offered no solutions just more of the same!

Butch should stop at the Capitol or let his wife run Idaho?

Even then, Phil Batt started that and deserves praise for his efforts.

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State of the Budget address

Sorry for being late with this post, but I am a bit confused. Is the State of the State address generally when the budget is presented?

No, it's a meet and greet.

The budget proposals are not the actual budget and THAT is hammered out during the session.

It's a long way to Tipperary.

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