BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Back in March, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter sent a "love letter" to out-of-state businesses, trying to coax them to move to Idaho.

Now, the state's chief executive is taking this courtship to the Internet.

Otter's http://justmaketheshift.com site invites Washington and Oregon companies to consider relocating after their states raised taxes to cope with budget shortfalls.

The website features cost comparisons between the states, as well as testimonials from companies that have already moved to Idaho.

Otter aims to capitalize on the 2010 Legislature's decision to cut programs and services, rather than ask residents and businesses to pay more taxes to fund government.

Otter says Idaho is focusing on "predictable tax and regulatory policies" to help companies get "through this rough patch."

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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