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Uploaded on Apr 20, 2009
As cameras rolled in his office Monday morning, Gov. C.L. Butch Otter vetoed two bills and threatened to take similar action on several other appropriations bills. Why the political theater? Otter said he is displeased with the Legislatures unwillingness to pass any substantial transportation legislation proposed by his office throughout the session. He commended the Senate for their support, and talked extensively about his difficulty convincing the House to support funding he believes is necessary to repair and maintain Idahos roads and bridges. Otter also hinted at the possibility of a special session. In this video, watch the governor address his concerns with the press. Just hours after the press conference, the governors office announced he was not satisfied with the response from legislators. He proceeded to veto the eight budget bills (ten in all) to clarify to the Legislature his determination that they will not be leaving town without addressing Idahos transportation funding needs.