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March 8, 2010 at 3:34 PM

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Idaho governor says he'll woo Washington businesses turned off by tax increases

Posted by Jim Brunner

OLYMPIA -- Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter put out a "love letter" today to businesses in Washington and Oregon, saying Idaho would love to woo any of them turned off by their homes states' tax increases.

Otter, a Republican, wrote that phones in his office started ringing after Oregon voters decided in January to raise taxes on the wealthy and businesses by $727 million.

Otter expects the same here if the Washington Legislature goes ahead with plans to raise taxes.

"We now are reaching out to hundreds of Oregon businesses, and will do the same with those in Washington if the legislature there follows Oregon's lead. We aren't offering many bells and whistles, but what we can offer is a business-friendly State government, a highly qualified and motivated work force, and communities where people understand that while government cannot be the solution to their problems it can and must be a champion for their own solutions."

Hat tip: Washington Policy Center blog.

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