Manufacturing in State of the State Addresses: Idaho

Gov. Butch Otter of Idaho, a Republican, did not discuss the manufacturing sector generally but he cited the success of individual manufacturers and other companies in his State of the State address last week, a speech in which he called for major tax reform to support economic growth and fairness.

For businesses, economic and financial uncertainty caused in large part by misguided federal programs and policies are undermining confidence in the marketplace. Employers have no idea what it will cost them to comply with new health care mandates.

I understand their hesitation. But that’s stifling employment growth.

But there are plenty of examples out there of courageous and forward-looking business investments in Idaho’s future – examples that we should celebrate. For instance….

In Payette, Teton Manufacturing has more than enough work to hire at least four new machinists.
In Moscow, Biketronics is looking at sales increases that should enable it to expand and hire staff for a planned business incubator.
In Caldwell, Kit Manufacturing could be in a position to double its workforce in the coming year.
Fry Foods in Weiser is continuing to hire for its growing food processing business.

Otter criticized the federal health care laws in more detail than other governors whose state of the state addresses we’ve read.

Earlier posts on State of State addresses.

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