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Apr 1 2010

Governor Otter Endorses Candidacy of Senator John McGee

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(Boise, March 31, 2010)
Governor Otter announced today his endorsement of the Idaho State Senate Candidacy of Senator John McGee.  McGee represents District 10 which includes Caldwell, Greenleaf and Wilder.
“Senator John McGee has earned and deserves the unconditional endorsement and the support of every person who cherishes our Idaho values – - limited government, personal responsibility, and fiscal conservatism. For the great job he has done, he has certainly earned mine.”
McGee, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee is completing his third term of service in the Idaho State Senate and was Chairman of  the Treasure Valley Transportation Task Force. During his first term, McGee successfully carried the largest transportation funding bill in Idaho history that is currently funding the improvements taking place on I-84. He also sits on the Agriculture and Health and Welfare Committees.  McGee was elected by his peers to serve on the important Legislative Council and was named the 2006 Idaho State Republican Legislator of the Year.  McGee was named a Council of State Governments Toll Fellow in 2007.
“There is no greater standard bearer of conservative values in Idaho than Governor Butch Otter,” said Senator McGee, “I’m pleased to receive the endorsement of our Governor.”
Senator McGee is active in his community as the Chairman of the Canyon County Republican Central Committee, the United Way of Treasure Valley and was a 2009 International Special Olympics Board Member.  McGee is a member of the Caldwell Rotary Club.  Senator McGee serves his alma mater, the College of Idaho, as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Senator McGee has received many awards from local and state organizations, including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Agriculture Educators, the Idaho Agricultural All Star Award (2005-2009), the COMPASS Leadership in Motion Award, the 2009 Transportation Leader of the Year from Treasure Valley Women in Transportation, and the Friend of Community Healthcare Centers by the Idaho Primary Care Association.
A life-long resident of Caldwell, Senator McGee is a graduate of Vallivue High School and received a BA in History from the College of Idaho; he was elected student body president at both institutions.  McGee and his wife, Hanna, live in Caldwell with their daughter, Madalyn.


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(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter applauded Idaho’s citizen legislators today for the efficiency, sensitivity and civic virtue with which they conducted the 2010 session, which ended late Monday.
      “They have my thanks and my respect for the way they did the job of representing the people we all serve,” Governor Otter said. “Idahoans can be proud that their interests, their money and their rights were protected by these senators and representatives who come from every walk of life and from communities throughout our state. It was a great way to reopen this historic Capitol – reaffirming fundamental Idaho values.”
       As he outlined in January’s State of the State Address beginning the legislative session, those values were embodied in five principles he urged legislators to follow: 1) Don’t raise taxes, 2) Maintain some cash reserve, 3) Protect the educational opportunities and safeguard the potential of the next generation of Idahoans, 4) Protect the health, safety and well-being of our citizens – especially the neediest and most vulnerable among us, and 5) Avoid any duplication of effort or any waste of the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars.
      The Governor issued a list of 11 areas in which he and Legislature worked with a particular emphasis on collaboration this year, reflecting those fundamental principles and focused on the budget and on living within the means of Idaho taxpayers and employers:
1)      The Governor and Legislature worked together to live within the people’s means, by setting reasonable budgets that reflect our fiscal and economic realities and recognize the importance of maintaining a stable, predictable tax and regulatory structure to help us attract and retain career-track job opportunities.
2)      The Governor and Legislature worked together on securing the spending authority needed for the Idaho Education Network. This critical program will help equalize educational opportunities throughout our rural and vast state. We are asking for spending authority of a generous contribution from the Albertson Foundation – $6 million over two years. We will have 80 high schools hooked up by July 1, 2010 and need these funds to get 80 more completed over the next year. All of these efforts will result in more career opportunities for Idahoans.
3)      The Governor and Legislature worked together to create the Higher Education Stabilization Fund. It will be a useful and important tool to help stabilize funding for higher education, like the Public Education Stabilization Fund. More secure funding for Idaho’s higher education system ultimately will result in more stable career opportunities for Idahoans in the state’s institutions of higher education.
4)      The Governor and Legislature worked together on an enhanced tax credit for charitable contributions to particular State agencies. Finding additional revenue streams to fund these agencies will reduce the burden on the General Fund.
5)      The Governor and Legislature worked together on a plan for addressing Idaho’s “tax gap” through compliance staff enhancements based on quarterly “return-on-investment” accountability measures.
6)      The Governor and Legislature worked together on funding for the Correctional Alternative Placement Program (CAPP) facility, which will open in July 2010. Its goal is reducing costly crime and recidivism in our prison system. It will save Idaho taxpayers $29,000 per offender.
7)      The Governor and Legislature worked together on funding for the Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan (CAMP): $2.2 million in State funding to leverage on-the-ground projects this year, and to keep the committee committed to staying at the table and finding a long-term funding solution for CAMP.
8)      The Governor and Legislature worked together on the Idaho Health Freedom Act – protecting the rights of Idaho to choose their own healthcare plan without being forced by the federal government to buy health insurance – and on an appeal to Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to specifically ban such federal usurpation of states’ rights.
9)      The Governor and Legislature worked together to secure $12 million in GARVEE bonds, which would spur much-needed transportation projects and generate jobs statewide.
10)  The Governor and the Legislature worked together to save General Fund resources by revamping operations at the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. The department now has business plans for each Idaho state park and has not closed any state parks as other states have done.
11)  The Governor and Legislature worked together to find efficiencies and save taxpayer dollars in Idaho’s human services commissions.  The Human Rights Commission will be supported by the Idaho Department of Labor. The Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be supported by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Vocational Rehabilitation. A cooperative agreement was created for the Idaho Commission on Aging to co-locate with the Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired. And lastly, the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs and Council for the Developmentally Disabled are moving to State-owned buildings.