Butch Otter in 2011 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Crime: Improve offender assessment to reduce inmate population

Let's talk for a minute about some of what our State government is doing to avoid wasting the people's labors. At the Department of Correction, the Parole Commission has improved offender assessment and placement and are making better use of retained-jurisdiction programs. That's saving $32 million and holding our inmate population more than 1,500 below projections.
Source: Idaho 2011 State of the State and Budget Address Jan 10, 2011

On Environment: To EPA: Delist wolves and restore state management

We know what happens when that government-first mindset takes hold. We wind up in court to stop the federal government from breaking its promises on delisting and restoring State management of wolves that are killing our big game and livestock. We wind up fighting to stop the EPA from imposing unreasonable restrictions on the people of the Silver Valley. Folks, we've got to turn this discussion back to personal responsibility. We've got to turn it back to our communities.
Source: Idaho 2011 State of the State and Budget Address Jan 10, 2011

On Tax Reform: Reduce tax burden; lower rates for individuals & businesses

I encourage you to seriously consider legislation being introduced by Representative Marv Hagedorn. His bill would equalize and then gradually reduce our marginal State income tax rates for individuals and businesses over ten years, starting in 2013. But whether it's that bill or an alternative, we need a long-term plan for reducing the tax burden on our citizens. That will go a long way toward providing a competitive advantage for Idahoans, stimulating economic growth and expanding our tax base.
Source: Idaho 2011 State of the State and Budget Address Jan 10, 2011

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