Kempthorne recalls challenges as governor, offers 'guiding principles'

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Former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, addressing the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho today, recalled the challenges of his years as the state’s governor, from a serious economic downturn to a crisis in school-building safety to fighting for GARVEE bonds to improve the state’s highways. Kempthorne, who also served as a U.S. senator and as the secretary of Interior under President George W. Bush, offered these “guiding principles:” “Do not spend one penny more than absolutely necessary of the precious dollars of the taxpayer,” Kempthorne said. “And also as you face the challenges, invest – invest in education, as Gov. Otter just talked about.” And, he said, “My goodness, if you have a failing infrastructure, how successful can you be?” Kempthorne also...

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