Idaho aims to attract businesses from Oregon

Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter has launched a new website encouraging businesses to “make the switch” to the neighboring state.

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Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter has made a new step in his quest to bring Oregon and Washington businesses to his state: the creation of a new website.

The website enumerates business incentives for the move, which include job training programs and lower energy, labor and corporate taxes.


Otter’s latest overture follows a “Love Letter To Our Neighbors” he wrote in March, noting that Oregonians had just approved two new tax measures, 66 and 67, increasing taxes on high-income earners and some companies. And Washington state legislators, he added, were talking about even bigger tax increases…


“We very rarely compete against Idaho for businesses … it’s a different economy there,” said [Jack Roberts, executive director of the Lane Metro Partnership, an economic development agency,] adding that “the two (Oregon) tax measures that prompted this are not going to affect most businesses.”

Read the article at the Register-Guard.

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