BOISE -- Gov. Butch Otter reacted Wednesday to Idaho voters rejecting Propositions 1, 2 and 3.
How do we go forward? That's what's important now, said Otter.
At a news conference Wednesday, Otter wasn't too keen on looking back at what went wrong or why Idaho voters rejected the laws he so strongly advocated for the last two years.
I'm not going to spend any energy or any time saying, what if we would have done this? And what if we would have done that? said Otter.
Otter told reporters the focus should be moving forward to better education in Idaho. He said the plan should include talks with all stakeholders. He's already spoken with some legislative leadership, and they've told him that's what they're prepared to do.
I do think that what we need to do is take each prop, each idea of reform, and sit down and say, what did you like about it? What didn't you like about it? If you had a chance to change it, how would you change it? said Otter.
Otter did not give specifics as to when those kind of talks would begin and who exactly would be included. However, the governor said he believes whether you voted for or against the propositions, that everyone realizes the old education system isn't working and it's going to take a compromise to fix it.
Where do we start on working on where we can agree? And if there are some disagreements that we still have, then we set those aside until we can find the areas where we have agreed, said Otter.
Otter does not foresee a direct strike down of the referenda by the Idaho Legislature as they did in 2002 with term limits. He said that kind of course would not be positive or productive.
KTVB asked the governor if he felt like Tuesday's vote was a referendum on his administration. He said in some cases he's benefited from Idaho voters showing their independence at the polls, and sometimes he hasn't.
The governor has won 22 of his 23 elections.