Boise--Idaho's 2012 legislative session starts today with Governor Butch Otter's State of the State Address. Lawmakers are in a better mood than last because for the first time in four years, they won't be faced with budget cuts. But the budget is still expected to be the top priority this session.
With 65,000 Idahoans out of work, creating jobs has become a bipartisan issue that both sides agree on.
"We've got a lot of people hurting throughout the state right now," said Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise. "It ought to be our number one priority."
"We've got to get people back to work," said Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise. "And if we can get people back to work, we will actually increase the revenue without increasing taxes. And that's the real key."
Job creation is never easy and debate will rage about how to get it done with talk of lowering corporate and income tax rates. But by how much, and when, or if at all -- those are the questions lawmakers will wrestle with...and certainly will be addressed by Governor Otter.