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Otter tells workers he won’t ‘sugarcoat’ economy

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is telling state workers that Idaho’s crummy economy isn’t due to get much better any time soon.

As a result, the Republican isn’t making any promises to government employees that two years of austerity measures are a thing of the past.

Otter wrote in the Idaho Public Employees Association newsletter he’s not going to “sugarcoat” the state’s fiscal situation. He also told workers he appreciates their sacrifices.

The Idaho Statesman reports that Keith Allred also made a submission to the association’s newsletter.

Allred, Otter’s Democratic challenger in the November election, contends the governor’s administration has ignored the good judgment of state employees in crafting a budget plan.

Allred also talked up his own plan to revamp the state’s $1.7 billion in tax exemptions.

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