Opponents of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's policies may feel left out in the cold. To prove their point, they chose to congregate on the steps of Capitol to voice opposition to Otter's State of the State Budget Address.
"We found the content of the speech ignored the real history of how this country was built," said Adrienne Evans, executive director of United Vision for Idaho. "The greatest successes we have enjoyed have been built by the public and private sectors working together. Governor Otter presented his view of government as the problem. But we agree with the first Article of the State Constitution that says government is instituted for equal protection and benefit."
The coalition assembled a viewing "party" Monday afternoon to watch the State of the State address. Attendees included representatives from the Interfaith Alliance, National Association of Social Workers, the Human Rights Education Center, AFL-CIO, SEIU and Catholic Charities of Idaho.
Evans told Citydesk the coalition doesn't necessarily advocate tax increases to fund budget shortfalls.
"Most people are afraid of more taxation," said Evans. "But we're spending millions of dollars to fight federal health care reform, yet we accept federal stimulus dollars. We need to start talking about this in a way that doesn't underestimate the level of intellect of most Idahoans. There are other solutions."
But when asked about Otter's recent landslide re-election, Evans conceded.
"It's deeply disturbing and frustrating, but history bears out the truth."