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I’m John Gibson, host of “The Gibson Report.”
Housing prices are soaring, but here in Idaho, Idahoans are facing tougher times than they have seen in nearly a decade. Since 2004 the state’s unemployment rate has declined by over a percentage point, but it’s now back above 5%.
In recent years, the southern part of the state has suffered as many of its residents in what is traditionally a rural economy have been forced to move to the city in search of work, or leave the state to find a better life.
Joining us this week, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter; Idaho real estate agent Tina Provence; and Republican Idaho State Senator Bob Kavcic; who believes the state’s economy is only going to get better, but says don’t expect any concrete job growth plans, because the governor is focused on other issues.
Plus, we take a look at what’s in store for the U.S. government this year. New Congress will open next week. We’ll talk with the leader of the new House Ways and Means Committee, Democratic Representative Richard Neal of Massachusetts; who says the biggest challenge will be the economy, tax cuts and health care reform. And with the new Congress, Americans will finally learn if they have someone to blame for the last eight years. A vote on impeachment may be close. Experts will be watching closely, as they will be watching the year play out with a hard look at what went wrong in the last Congress.
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