Coping with cuts: Idaho hit hard by sequester
Gov. Butch Otter weighs in
- Duration 3:13
- Date Mar 18, 2013
Gov. Butch Otter weighs in
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He maybe known to some as the gem state -- Idaho is in uncovering any hidden -- and treasures.
This year in fact sequestration budget cuts are coming down hard in the -- to the tune of twenty million dollars so who's getting hit the hardest -- right now somebody you know.
Iowa and Iowa Idaho governor Butch Otter I'm born in Iowa that's why am I Iowa on the -- where it's not forgiven.
Three weeks ago today you were actually in the Oval Office and the president United States pulled out of paper and told you what.
Well actually there were 48 other governors there -- well.
And the governors were pretty uniform Stephen when they said hey listen we can handle this two point 6% cut.
This 85 billion dollar we've been doing this all these years balancing our budget.
Making the tough decisions and so if you just give us flexibility within those budgets of the weakened.
Move money around a little -- -- and health and welfare right move it from may be some -- keep money which is low income energy assistance.
Two vaccination and him and four kicked him immunizations -- children.
So and they give me the flexibility not checked but the the president was amenable.
Let's put up on the screen some of the impact areas there in your great state of Idaho.
When it comes to the National Guard looks like some furloughs affecting.
About 810 people when it comes to teachers.
Let's take fifty teachers and aides -- risk work study jobs you Boise -- who is 50000 impacts 54 students and job search assistance.
Could lose three or four million dollars and it eliminates 85 positions.
Because you have a business background -- I understand we after your meeting with the other governors at the White House you went back to all the heads of all your agencies and homeless.
Actually we started that before when we started our budget cycle in July.
-- -- thirteen.
We said listen assume a 20%.
-- wanted to -- pardon me 2012.
We said assume a 20% cut back but I spent six years in congress I knew this had to come as does did a lot of the other governor's.
And so we said -- potentially they got to make a correction.
And so why we went back and said -- 20% cut back go through your agency.
Find out how much federal money has been coming into your agency and what mission critical.
Necessary things you have to do.
To make sure that you continue sure.
Critical mission say it's great that you prepared the state of Idaho for a problem whereas you look at what happened and Washington is kind of like -- we never thought this alleged.
Well it's got to happen to -- cover happy you know -- at sixteen point seven trillion dollars right now and headed in the wrong direction and so.
We understand that there's got to be a correction and so -- 85 billion dollars -- good.
First start no kidding all right -- governor Butch Otter of the gem state I was thought it was the pertaining to state.
That -- right well as as long injury and Idaho potatoes kind satisfy the -- that he knows Iowa but then there -- Although they are tastier than we used to raise -- -- -- a governor thank you very much thank you speak right.