Years of responsible, conservative budgeting and a strong economy have positioned Idaho for two consecutive years of a record budget surplus!
Gov. Little’s “Leading Idaho” initiative is his plan to GIVE BACK the surplus to Idahoans in the form of tax cuts and key investments in areas that matter most in their lives.
Idahoans benefited from the single largest income tax cut in history as well as permanent, ongoing income tax cuts to boost their prosperity while keeping our tax rates competitive and business climate vibrant. Now, Gov. Little is actively pursuing putting an additional $1.5 BILLION back into the pockets of Idahoans!
Gov. Little’s sustainable transportation funding solution saves Idahoans’ time, keeps us safe on the road, and boosts commerce. It is the single largest state investment in transportation infrastructure in Idaho history! We did it without raising Idahoans’ taxes or fees. Now, Gov. Little is actively pursuing additional steps to tackle the backlog of transportation projects across Idaho!
K-12 support from the State of Idaho grows 30-percent this year, and Gov. Little is pursuing the single largest increase for schools in state history for next year. We achieved significant investments in literacy and teacher pay, and Gov. Little seeks to EMPOWER PARENTS with new grants that help them take charge of education expenses for their children. Additional investments go toward career technical education, community colleges, and colleges and universities to prepare our workforce.
Idaho is demonstrating we “back the blue” and defend the police by investing in frontline personnel at Idaho State Police. Gov. Little also introduced bonuses for Idaho State Police officers. Now, Gov. Little is pursuing additional state trooper positions and a new project to combat Idaho’s growing drug threat that is exacerbated by Biden’s open border policies. Gov. Little seeks to reduce crime by decreasing the revolving door back into prison.
Secure elections are the cornerstone of our democratic republic form of government. Gov. Little prioritizes safe and secure elections by seeking to add investments in election cybersecurity, integrity audits, and improved IT statewide.
Idaho added close to $100 million to expand internet connectivity for underserved areas to improve commerce, economic growth, and education, and Gov. Little seeks to leverage federal funds to further upgrade broadband infrastructure to ensure every rural Idaho community can facilitate remove work, education, and telehealth!
Agriculture – and our economic future – hinge on safe and dependable water sources. Gov. Little championed tens of millions in strategic investments in long-term water projects and safe water systems for our communities, and now Gov. Little seeks to add another $700 million to improve the quantity and quality of water throughout Idaho!
Gov. Little is combatting the divisive, defeatist “climate fire” rhetoric by investing in the active management of our lands and adding resources for fire suppression, Good Neighbor Authority, and Shared Stewardship.
To increase the number of medical professionals in our state and improve healthcare access to support healthy Idahoans, Gov. Little achieved investments in nursing programs at Idaho’s colleges as well as funds to address the physician shortage across Idaho. Now, Gov. Little seeks to further increase healthcare capacity by investing in more health profession education and better access to behavioral health resources!
Gov. Little’s plans boost the economy in rural communities by improving state parks and outdoor recreation opportunities. In addition, we’ve added millions to address needed projects and repairs in public buildings!