education, economy and environment
Express Staff Writer
governor said last week that his job isnít done, and four more years in
the governorís office will allow him to continue championing education,
economic development and the environment.
that Iíve been here for four years, weíve made real progress, but the
jobís not done yet," Republican Gov. Dirk Kempthorne said in an
interview at the Sun Valley Inn last week. "I want to stay and
continue the effort. Itís in a variety of areas."
is running as an incumbent in the May 28 primary election against Walter
Bays of Wilder, Milt Erhart of Boise and Raynell George of Lewiston.
governor was quick to announce that his primary platform issue is
achieving quality educational opportunities for Idahoís children.
will continue our efforts on education so that our children receive as
fine an education as any state in the union," he said. "In many
areas we can be trend setters."
Idahoís GOP legislators came under fire last winter for instituting
education cuts, Kempthorne said he has helped orchestrate four years of
successes in Idahoís schools.
example, he referred to the high number of teachers with masterís
degrees in Idaho who are receiving $2,000 annual bonuses for the next five
pointed out that even failures are successes, "because we learn from
platform issue he highlighted was economic development, and he pointed to
more successes during his administration as examples of what he can help
achieve in another four years.
this recession, only two states in the union actually showed a 1 percent
or better growth in jobs: Florida and Idaho. Thatís a pretty good
state grants, through the Governorís Rural Economic Development
Initiative, will continue, and he stressed the role he played in getting
the Mexican Modelo Brewery to schedule construction of malting facilities
in Idaho Falls.
manufacturer of Corona and Pacifico, "will build a 65 million malting
facility next door to Anheuser-Busch in Idaho Falls, and Anheuser-Busch
will double their facilities. So, weíre talking well over $50 million
each and every (succeeding) year of malt (barley) contracts with the
expansions to Idaho Fallsí economy were direct results of state trade
missions to Mexico, Kempthorne said.
environment, Kempthorne said he is very proud of several accomplishments.
Project near Salmon will help revamp irrigation systems.
believe there are tributaries that have been dry for years that will now
be re-watered," he said.
that, on his watch, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Fish and
Game Commission are designating critical habitat for upland game birds.
feel like we can bring back significant populations of those birds,"
nutshell, he said his record speaks for itself on education, rural
economic development and on environmental issues.
so much more to be done, but weíre building on some solid results,"
most prized asset is its people, he said.
often, when people visit Idaho, and theyíre attracted to the natural
beauty of Idaho, thatís what brings them here, but they just canít
believe how wonderful the people are: genuine and friendly and
he said: "Itís a tremendous honor to be working for the people of
Idaho. You can take peopleís ideas and hopes and make them become
something, so I want to continue with that."