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Idaho Governor Butch Otter Talks Trade, Health Care And Guns On C-SPAN


Governor Butch Otter was the featured guest on C-SPAN’s program "Washington Journal" Monday morning. The network’s bus rolled into Idaho on a national tour of state capitals.

From touting Idaho as the fastest-growing state in the nation to explaining Micron’s history in the Treasure Valley, Otter had a lot to say.

The governor spent some of the interview being a Gem State booster, touting Idaho’s $5 billion-worth of exports ranging “from computer chips to potato chips.”

Earlier this year, the federal government warned Idaho not to approve health insurance plans out of compliance with Obamacare mandates, but Otter says the state is still trying to reach a compromise.

“We’re going to continue to pursue negotiations and discussions with HHS and the folks in Washington, D.C. to see if we can’t come to some agreement on allowing these non-Obamacare pure, qualified plans to go forth,” he says.

Otter also touched on “stand your ground” legislation in Idaho he asserts is problematic.

“If I decide not to sign it but let it become law without my signature, what kind of the message can I send back to the legislature – asking them to take another look at it next year and maybe improve just a little bit,” he asks. “And that’s exactly what I did.”

The C-SPAN bus will appear at Boise State on April 10 before heading off to its next stop, Carson City, Nevada.

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