Advisory panels urge business funding
Business leaders from around Idaho expressed support Friday for Gov. Butch Otters development strategy but urged even more funding for luring new companies to Idaho.
Three of the Idaho Department of Commerces advisory councils the Economic Advisory Council, the Idaho Travel Council and the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission Council met jointly Friday to share information about how the states economy is recovering from the recession.
Otter has proposed allocating $3 million to an opportunity fund for economic development. Margaret Watson, co-owner of the J.C. Watson Co., a Parma onion packer and shipper, urged business leaders to ask legislators for even more support.
Three million dollars isnt enough we have to be able to compete with all of the other states and globally, Watson said.
Otter makes Jackson new chairman
Gov. Butch Otter appointed Rich Jackson as chair of the Idaho State Tax Commission, replacing David Langhorst, who will continue to serve on the commission.
Langhorst is a Democrat; Jackson a Republican.
David has done a great job of calming the waters, restoring public trust in the Tax Commissions processes, improving the morale of employees and ensuring the quality and integrity of the work they do, Otter said.
Betsy Russell, Spokesman Review
EDUCATION TASK FORCE
First meeting spent on brainstorming
The 31-member task force charged with developing recommendations to improve public education convened for its first meeting Friday in Boise.
The committee includes teachers, lawmakers, academics, school administrators and members of the teachers union.