“If you bring peace to the school yard, you’ll bring peace to the Legislature,” the retiring governor said last week, in a speech covered by Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press.
The retiring governor urged education and business leaders to continue the fight to fund schools — saying employers need a steady, predictable pipeline of qualified workers.
The budget frees up $550,000 to roll out a new statewide reading test, and resolves one of the last big battles of the 2018 legislative session.
Gov. Butch Otter seemed to toy with vetoing a bill to waive a senior year math requirement. But the bill will become law without Otter’s signature.
“Simply saying ‘no’ is not enough,” said Gov. Butch Otter, in a speech with moments of nostalgia and moments of admonishment. So how will lawmakers respond?
The governor’s last appearance at the Associated Press’ annual legislative preview was an uneven and disjointed event. He did say once again education will be his top priority.
Gov. Butch Otter will present a proposal for a “CEO” to the 2018 Legislature. “I just think it’s time,” Otter said Thursday.