Butch Otter on Budget & Economy

Republican governor; previously Representative (ID-1)


State government should never grow as fast as our economy

I'd like to talk with you about the proper role of government in terms of the next generation--not just the next election--in order to build a more responsible, sustainable and inclusive future. We all want an Idaho where government wisely uses the people's resources to provide the public services and infrastructure needed for our citizens' safety, health and security. And as other institutions & states struggle and often fail to find fiscal balance, we all understand that our responsibilities must be met within the people's means. I hope you share my commitment to ensuring that our State government never grows as fast as our economy and the people's ability to pay for it. So with that as a starting point, I am submitting a budget recommendation today calling for a 3.1% increase in General Fund spending. That reflects slow but steady growth in our economy--an estimated 5.3% revenue increase for fiscal year 2014. It also reflects great uncertainty due to irresponsible federal leadership.
Source: Idaho 2013 State of the State Address , Jan 7, 2013

Great Recession shows need for building Rainy Day accounts

It is with our future in mind that my budget recommendation for fiscal 2014 builds on the great work you have already done in starting to refill our rainy day accounts. As you know, we are putting a total of almost $71 million in the Budget and Public Education stabilization funds by the end of this fiscal year. For next year I'm calling for that effort to continue as a hedge against national and global economic and fiscal uncertainty. The Great Recession showed us beyond any doubt the value of maintaining a healthy financial reserve. As much as any other factor, it set Idaho apart from most other states in response to tough times. We must exercise foresight and frugality while working to sustain and grow our economy. Building up our rainy day funds provides the kind of budget stability that Idaho taxpayers need and expect.
Source: Idaho 2013 State of the State Address , Jan 7, 2013

Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules.

Vote to pass the bill that would require debtors who are able to pay back $10,000 or 25 percent of their debts over five years to file under Chapter 13, rather then seeking to discharge their debts under Chapter 7. Chapter 13, calls for a reorganization of debts under a repayment plan. A Debtor would be restricted, in this bill, to a total exemption of $125,000 in home equity for residences bought within 40 months of a bankruptcy filing. The bill also would establish permanent and retroactive Chapter 12 bankruptcy relief for farmers.
Reference: Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act; Bill S 1920 ; vote number 2004-10 on Jan 28, 2004

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