• November 30, 2022 - Gov. Little appoints Susie Jensen to First Judicial District

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Susie Jensen to the First Judicial District. Jensen is the Chief Bonner County Public Defender in Sandpoint where she oversees six other attorneys and seven staff members. Born and raised in Sandpoint, Jensen received her bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., and then […]

  • November 22, 2022 - Idaho Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony returns Nov. 28

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and First Lady Teresa Little invite everyone to join them on the evening of Monday, November 28, to celebrate the holiday season at the ceremonial lighting of Idaho’s Capitol Christmas Tree.   Boise’s KTVB anchor Morgan Romero will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening on the front […]

  • November 9, 2022 - Gov. Little thanks Idahoans for election victory

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on Tuesday’s election after he secured a large majority of the vote in a five-way gubernatorial race. “I am very proud and humbled that we earned the continued confidence of so many Idahoans! THANK YOU, IDAHO! “The election results translate one thing: the people have given us […]

  • November 7, 2022 - Idaho economy blows past projections for October

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on state revenues for the month of October coming in $48 million ahead of projections, bringing the state budget nearly even with the forecast for the current budget year. “Idaho’s powerful economy and enduring budget stability are proof that fiscal conservatism leads to prosperity and opportunity for […]

  • November 2, 2022 - More top rankings pile in for Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on even more rankings placing Idaho at the top of the list for economic strength and fiscal stability.   “In Idaho, we stand up for limited government and responsible strategic investments where they count, and our approach works. Washington, D.C., and states across the nation should look […]

  • October 24, 2022 - Caty Solace to lead Idaho STEM Action Center

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he appointed Caty Solace as executive director of the Idaho STEM Action Center. The Idaho STEM Action Center is an independent office guided by a nine-member Governor-appointed board established in 2015 through House Bill 302. The Center coordinates STEM education opportunities aligned to Idaho’s workforce needs from […]

  • October 18, 2022 - Idaho dominates in new good government, economic rankings

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on news that Idaho dominated numerous recent rankings of states for economic growth, fiscal responsibility, and overall good government. “As Washington, D.C., and our ‘Left Coast’ neighbor states continue drive government into the ground and degrade public confidence, Idaho has a very different story to tell. Idaho […]

  • October 12, 2022 - Expanded career technical education underway for high schoolers, postsecondary students

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Idaho’s secondary and postsecondary career technical education (CTE) programs were awarded $8 million in grants as part of his “Leading Idaho” initiative. From welding to cybersecurity, nursing to vehicle maintenance, and nuclear operations to early childhood education and many other areas, high schools and colleges will be […]

  • October 7, 2022 - Gov. Little responds to Biden’s pardon for marijuana offenders

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement after President Joe Biden announced he would pardon all federal marijuana convictions and encouraged governors to issue similar pardons in their states. “Open borders and open prisons – welcome to Biden’s America. He wants to let people out of jail for drug offenses while he […]

  • September 28, 2022 - Governor appoints new ITS chief, Elmore County district judge

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced two new appointments today – Alberto Gonzalez will serve as the new chief of the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) for the State of Idaho and Theodore J. Fleming will be the new Elmore County district judge. Gonzalez replaces Jeff Weak, who accepted a position in the […]

  • September 20, 2022 - One year later: Biden’s denial of border crisis continues

    Boise, Idaho – Exactly one year ago, Governor Brad Little and half of the nation’s governors issued a joint letter to President Joe Biden requesting a meeting within 15 days to discuss the crisis at the southern border. Now, 365 days later, the governors are still waiting. “The sustained availability of drugs and the impact […]

  • September 19, 2022 - Idaho, Taiwan Flour Millers sign $576 million wheat deal

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined representatives of the Idaho wheat industry and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle in the State Capitol today to sign a letter of intent for the Taiwan Flour Mills Association (TFMA) to purchase U.S. wheat over the next two years, a deal valued at $576 million. […]

  • September 8, 2022 - Empowering Parents grants go live today

    Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy today that Idaho families can start applying for Empowering Parents grants at 10 a.m. MT today. EmpoweringParents.Idaho.Gov will begin processing $50 million in grant funds to Idaho families to use for students’ educational needs outside the classroom. “The Empowering Parents grants […]

  • September 6, 2022 - Bryan Nickels to lead new Office of Administrative Hearings

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little appointed Bryan Nickels as Chief Administrative Hearing Officer for the newly created Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). Nickels is a partner and founding member of Scanlan, Griffiths, Aldridge + Nickels, a civil trial and litigation law firm in Boise. He is a practicing attorney with more than 20 years […]

  • September 1, 2022 - Gov. Little’s statement on successful special session

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement about today’s extraordinary legislative session securing historic tax relief and education funding to combat 40-year high inflation. House Bill 1 uses Idaho’s record budget surplus to address the impacts of inflation by cutting taxes while making record investments in education. The bill provides $500 million […]

  • August 12, 2022 - More education support, tax cuts the priority with new projected record budget surplus

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the news that Idaho’s new fiscal year budget surplus is expected to reach a new record – more than $2 billion – and promised to work closely with the Legislature to deliver even more education investments and tax relief for Idahoans. “Here’s what Idahoans need to […]

  • August 9, 2022 - Governors tell Biden to stop taking lunch money from kids in pursuit of transgender agenda

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and 14 other governors recently sent a letter to President Joe Biden expressing their disagreement with proposals from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Education that may require institutions receiving federal funding to allow biological males to access women and girls’ locker rooms, bathrooms, and dorms. In their letter, […]

  • August 5, 2022 - Governor Little appoints Eva Nye to District 29 legislative seat

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of Eva Nye to the District 29 Senate seat vacated by her late husband, Senator Mark Nye. A Pocatello resident, Nye is a former Pocatello City Council member who served the community for 14 years. She is a registered Democrat whose public service includes acting […]

  • August 4, 2022 - Nearly two dozen Governors speak out against Democrats’ reckless spending bill in Congress

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined 21 other governors in voicing opposition to the $740 billion Democrat reconciliation bill currently being considered by the U.S. Congress. “The Democrats’ solution to 40-year high inflation is passing another reckless tax and spending spree to the tune of $740 billion, affecting Americans in every tax bracket. While […]

  • August 3, 2022 - Idaho seeks to reduce crime by investing in drug treatment and mental health services

    Boise, Idaho – The State of Idaho is taking steps to make Idaho safer and save taxpayer dollars by increasing drug treatment and mental health services in Idaho communities as part of Governor Brad Little’s “Leading Idaho” plan. Through the new Pre-prosecution Diversion Grant Program, the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) is offering $2.5 million […]

  • August 2, 2022 - Gov. Little responds to Biden lawsuit against Idaho’s pro-life law

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement today after President Joe Biden’s U.S. Justice Department announced it filed a lawsuit challenging Idaho’s pro-life law. “Our nation’s highest court returned the issue of abortion to the states to regulate – end of story. The U.S. Justice Department’s interference with Idaho’s pro-life law is […]

  • July 28, 2022 - National GDP falls again, Idaho offers example of real solutions

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today after the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released data Thursday revealing the country’s Gross Domestic Product decreased again in the second quarter of 2022 at the annual rate of 0.9-percent.  “Every Idahoan is feeling the pressure of record-high inflation under President Biden’s watch. The ‘solutions’ offered by […]

  • July 22, 2022 - Gov. Little orders flags to fly half-staff for two fallen firefighters

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has ordered U.S. and State of Idaho flags in Idaho to be flown at half-staff in honor of two pilots killed in a helicopter crash while responding to the Moose Fire burning near Salmon in Lemhi County. In addition, Governor Little issued the following statement: “Our hearts our heavy […]

  • July 22, 2022 - Idaho closes out fiscal year with $1.4 billion surplus, more tax cuts and investments on the way

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Idahoans can expect more tax cuts and additional investments with the state’s $1.4 billion budget surplus. “Idaho’s economy is red-hot because of the resiliency of our citizens and businesses. Combined with years of fiscal conservativism, reining in state spending, and our status as the least regulated state […]

  • July 22, 2022 - “Leading Idaho” investments in local bridges, child pedestrian crossings move forward

    Boise, Idaho – Improvements to local bridges as well as child pedestrian paths will be coming to communities across Idaho after the state finalized and approved prioritizations for two parts of Governor Brad Little’s “Leading Idaho” plan this week. The Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) and the Idaho Transportation Board approved the rankings this […]

  • July 21, 2022 - Gov. Little directs $1 million to fight fentanyl now

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Idaho will put up to $1 million toward efforts to confront the growing threat of fentanyl in our state. “A trace of fentanyl the size of a grain of salt is enough to kill you, and many times it is laced into other pills or drugs – […]

  • July 19, 2022 - Gov. Little announces appointments to Fish and Game Commission, Minidoka County Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the reappointment of Timothy Murphy and the appointment of Jordan Cheirrett to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Murphy is the current Fish and Game Region 3 commissioner, representing Idahoans in the Southwest region. A McCall resident, Murphy also recently served as chairman of the commission. Murphy […]

  • July 13, 2022 - Bidenflation reaches new historic mark – highest in more than 40 years

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on inflation reaching a new historic high under President Joe Biden’s watch, and he said more tax relief is on the way as Idahoans continue to receive immediate tax rebates to offset the burden of Bidenflation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released new inflation data today for […]

  • July 12, 2022 - Gov. Little comments on new Biden dam removal reports

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement today after the Biden administration released new reports calling for the removal of dams on the Lower Snake River. “I have been clear in my opposition to dam breaching because it is not a silver bullet for salmon recovery. Idaho has shown leadership and commitment […]

  • July 6, 2022 - Gov. Little announces staff changes

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today two changes to his senior staff and the recent addition of a new press secretary. Jamie Neill started Tuesday as the Governor’s new Policy Director. Neill will lead a team of policy advisors to advance the Governor’s priorities for Idaho. Neill had been the Director of Government […]

  • June 24, 2022 - Gov. Little comments on SCOTUS overrule of Roe v. Wade

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. “I join many in Idaho and across the country today in welcoming the high court’s long awaited decision upholding state sovereignty and protecting preborn lives. The decision provides clarity around landmark cases at the […]

  • June 17, 2022 - Idaho leads in low unemployment, rolls out historic tax rebates

    Boise, Idaho – While Idahoans are paying more for everything – gas, food, cars, energy, and everything in between – the State of Idaho is seeing headway on several of Governor Brad Little’s initiatives. Idaho is in the middle of deploying historic tax relief, getting people to work, and making landmark infrastructure investments to lower […]

  • June 10, 2022 - Idaho Supreme Court to hear state’s appeal Monday in death row case

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued a statement today ahead of the Idaho Supreme Court’s Monday hearing related to the death penalty sentences of convicted serial killer and rapist Gerald Pizzuto. Pizzuto is on death row and was convicted of robbery and four grisly murders, all committed within a year after his release from […]

  • June 9, 2022 - Gov. Little seeks applicants for Fish and Game Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little is accepting applications for the Southeast Region representative on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission following the retirement of Commissioner Lane Clezie. “I want to thank Lane for passionately serving the interests of Idaho sportsmen and protecting our wildlife and hunting and fishing opportunities these past eight years,” Governor […]

  • June 1, 2022 - Successful audits prove Idaho elections are safe, secure

    Boise, Idaho – Idaho leaders are celebrating the state’s safe and secure elections after new investments this year prove our county clerks carried out a near-perfect primary election in May. “We added new election integrity investments as part of my ‘Leading Idaho’ plan this year to enhance transparency and assure Idahoans their vote counts, and […]

  • May 31, 2022 - Gov. Little calls on Biden to rescind unprecedented climate disclosure proposal

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and 15 other governors issued a joint letter today to President Joe Biden and Chairman Gary Gensler of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) expressing their concern with the SEC Climate Disclosure Proposal that would force publicly traded companies to disclose climate-change risks and greenhouse gas emissions. The […]

  • May 31, 2022 - Richard Stover to lead Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Richard Stover as the new administrator of the Governor’s Office of Energy and Mineral Resources (OEMR). The office is responsible for coordinating energy and mineral resource planning and policy development for the State of Idaho. Stover replaces John Chatburn who left the post to […]

  • May 20, 2022 - OPINION: Tax cuts, historic investments will continue when we work together

    By Governor Brad Little Idaho voters made one thing clear this week – they approve of their state leaders’ track record of unprecedented tax cuts and historic investments in education and infrastructure, and they want more of it. I am truly grateful that Idaho Republicans have entrusted me to continue serving as Governor. For the […]

  • May 16, 2022 - Idaho elections safe, secure as voters head to polls Tuesday

    Boise, Idaho – As voters head to the polls Tuesday in counties big and small across Idaho, Governor Brad Little is assuring Idahoans of our state’s history of safe and secure elections and highlighted new investments to continue our track record of election integrity. “Fair and free elections are a hallmark of Idaho’s proud representative […]

  • May 13, 2022 - Idaho to Receive Nearly $120 Million to Fight the Opioid Crisis

    Drug Distributors and Johnson & Johnson Commit to $26 Billion Opioid Agreement (BOISE) – Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today the final court approval of the $26 billion opioid agreement with the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors – Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen – and Johnson & Johnson. Idaho will receive […]

  • May 10, 2022 - Idaho’s red-hot economy sets new record, more tax cuts to come

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the news that monthly tax revenues exceeded $1 billion for the first time in state history for April, paving the way for more tax cuts and proving conservative principles of governing bring prosperity and strength to Idaho. April tax revenues came in at more than $1.2 […]

  • May 6, 2022 - Gov. Little seeks input from Idahoans on meth, fentanyl impacts

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little is asking Idahoans to weigh in about the impacts of meth and fentanyl at the final regional roundtables for his “Operation Esto Perpetua” initiative scheduled for next week. Operation Esto Perpetua is the Governor’s new strategy to protect communities from the growing drug threat. Additional information, including membership of […]

  • May 4, 2022 - Election security, other recommendations outlined in new Cybersecurity Task Force report

    Idaho Falls, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined members of his Cybersecurity Task Force today in rolling out 18 recommendations from the task force to protect Idaho citizens, businesses, and elections from cyber-attacks. The Cybersecurity Task Force’s final report to Governor Little is available here: https://gov.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2022-cybersecurity-tf-recommendations.pdf “Through the Idaho National Laboratory, the State of Idaho […]

  • April 19, 2022 - 26 Governors announce creation of American Governors’ Border Strike Force

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and 25 other governors announced the creation of the American Governors’ Border Strike Force today, a multi-state partnership designed to disrupt and dismantle the transnational criminal organizations taking advantage of the open border with Mexico. “Meth and fentanyl are the most serious and growing drug threats in Idaho, and there […]

  • April 12, 2022 - With illegal public encampment gone, Idaho continues fight for public health and safety

    Boise, Idaho – The State of Idaho filed a notice of dismissal Monday to end its lawsuit seeking to stop illegal public camping on the Capitol Annex in downtown Boise because all individuals have dispersed and the property has been cleared for weeks. Now, with a new lawsuit from public encampment advocates emerging today, Governor […]

  • April 12, 2022 - Idaho joins lawsuit challenging Biden’s Title 42 border decision

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today they are working together to add Idaho to the list of states joining a lawsuit filed by Arizona, Louisiana, and Missouri challenging the Biden Administration’s termination of the Title 42 Orders, Trump-era border policies that helped minimize the flow of illegal immigration […]

  • April 7, 2022 - Idaho accelerates investments in literacy, education

    Kuna, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined legislators, teachers, and education leaders at Reed Elementary in Kuna today to highlight successes this legislative session in accelerating investments in literacy and K-12 education. K-12 funding will increase by $300 million, the single largest increase in state history, which amounts to a 12.5-percent increase over FY22. The […]

  • April 5, 2022 - Washington, D.C., looks to Idaho on how to cut red tape

    Washington, D.C. – The State of Idaho’s extraordinary success in cutting red tape since Governor Brad Little took office is setting the example for new efforts to streamline regulations at the federal level. U.S. Senator Jim Risch announced today he introduced the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act to limit federal overreach and reduce federal spending. The […]

  • April 5, 2022 - Idaho promotes safe communities through added investments in behavioral health resources

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined Idaho Supreme Court justices, legislators, members of his administration, and others today in highlighting tens of millions of dollars in new funding to advance the state’s behavioral health priorities. The Legislature approved all of the Governor’s “Leading Idaho” proposals for increased behavioral health resources this session. The proposals […]

  • April 4, 2022 - Gov. Little highlights ‘Back the Blue’ investments

    Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined members of law enforcement in Coeur d’Alene today to highlight portions of his “Leading Idaho” plan that invest in public safety. “I am proud Idaho is a state that openly appreciates and supports law enforcement. Our law enforcement in Idaho care deeply about maintaining strong relationships with […]

  • March 31, 2022 - Gov. Little celebrates historic legislative successes

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little is celebrating historic successes as the Idaho Legislature officially adjourned sine die today, ending the 2022 legislative session for the year. “In all my years, I have never seen a more successful legislative session that produced so many positive results for the people we serve. We achieved what I […]

  • March 28, 2022 - Gov. Little signs “Leading Idaho” record investments in water, agriculture

    (Murtaugh Lake, Idaho) – Governor Brad Little signed another key part of his “Leading Idaho” plan into law today in the Magic Valley, adding record investments in water infrastructure to aid in the economic vitality of agriculture and rural Idaho. House Bill 769 invests in state water infrastructure to ensure a dependable supply of water […]

  • March 22, 2022 - Gov. Little, Controller Woolf unveil new Townhall.Idaho.Gov web site

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and State Controller Brandon Woolf announced the new Townhall.Idaho.Gov web site today, an online one-stop-shop for all public meeting information for state executive branch agencies. “Enhancing Idahoans’ confidence in their state government has been a key priority of mine since day one, and Townhall.Idaho.Gov makes it easier for the […]

  • March 21, 2022 - Gov. Little signs “Leading Idaho” bill to improve services for seniors

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 687 into law today at the Mountain Home Senior Center, signaling the importance of investing in Idaho’s growing senior population. Governor Little also signed a proclamation today recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Senior Nutrition Program, which has funded local agencies and non-profit organizations that serve […]

  • March 17, 2022 - Gov. Little signs “Leading Idaho” transportation funding bill into law

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed a key part of his “Leading Idaho” plan into law today, providing hundreds of millions of dollars in new transportation funding to clear out one-third of Idaho’s bridge maintenance backlog. Senate Bill 1359 includes $200 million for local bridges, $6 million for air, $8 million for rail, $18 […]

  • March 15, 2022 - Idaho sues to stop encampment on Capitol Annex

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his administration and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden filed a lawsuit Monday to stop illegal public camping and the associated health and safety violations taking place on the Capitol Annex in downtown Boise. Governor Little directed the Idaho Department of Administration to seek an injunction today on […]

  • March 10, 2022 - Gov. Little proclaims “Solidarity for Ukraine Day”

    Boise, Idaho – Reinforcing Idaho’s already strong support for the democratic nation of Ukraine against Russian aggression, Governor Brad Little proclaimed today “Solidarity for Ukraine Day” in the State of Idaho. The text of Governor Little’s proclamation follows: WHEREAS, Ukraine is a proud independent country, home to a distinct people and culture that has flourished; […]

  • March 10, 2022 - Gov. Little: Tax relief on the way as inflation hits new historic high

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the news that Bidenflation just hit another 40-year record high. The Bureau of Labor Statistics today released new inflation data showing a nearly 8-percent increase from this time last year. The bump marks another 40-year record high increase in annual inflation. The price index jumps mean […]

  • March 8, 2022 - Public health disaster emergency declaration to end April 15

    Boise, Idaho – After weeks of thoughtful deliberation with numerous stakeholders, Governor Brad Little announced today Idaho will end the public health emergency on April 15, 2022. Governor Little’s statement on reaching the milestone follows: “I kept Idaho open, banned vaccine passports, never issued mandates for vaccines or masks, and successfully challenged Biden’s overreaching vaccine […]

  • March 4, 2022 - OPINION: Literacy investments help make Idaho students lifelong readers

    By Governor Brad Little Whenever I am asked about teachers who influenced me growing up, I recall Mrs. Summers, my first grade teacher. She taught reading to her students in a way that instilled in me a lifelong love of reading. I am better off today for the guidance of Mrs. Summers, and now, as […]

  • March 4, 2022 - 25 Governors stand up for American energy independence in light of Russia-Ukraine conflict

    Boise, Idaho – Twenty-five Republican governors, including Governor Brad Little, called on President Biden today to restore American energy independence as the crisis with Russia threatens even higher prices on American consumers. “As governors, we call on President Biden to reverse his policies and restore America’s energy independence for our citizens as well as our […]

  • March 1, 2022 - Gov. Little, 23 other Republican Governors comment on Biden’s State of the Union address

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and 23 other Republican Governors released a joint statement tonight commenting on President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address: “Joe Biden ran on promises of uniting the country and restoring America’s respect throughout the world. Instead, one year into his Administration, we have witnessed complete failure on both […]

  • March 1, 2022 - Gov. Little signs “Leading Idaho” Empowering Parents grants into law

    Caldwell, Idaho – At Sacajawea Elementary School in Caldwell, Governor Brad Little signed Senate Bill 1255 into law today, putting $50 million toward the new “Empowering Parents” grants. The grants are a key part of Governor Little’s “Leading Idaho” plan for record investments in families and education. “The Empowering Parents grants reinforce this fact – […]

  • February 18, 2022 - Gov. Little signs “Leading Idaho” business tax cut bill

    Fruitland, Idaho – At Henggeler Packing Company in Fruitland today and accompanied by members of the Idaho Legislature, Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 450 into law, providing an estimated $64 million in unemployment insurance tax cuts for Idaho businesses over the next two years. “Businesses of all sizes, especially our small businesses, are the […]

  • February 18, 2022 - Little, Wasden call on Inslee to stop fuel tax on Idahoans

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden sent a letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee today calling on him to step in and stop Washington’s dangerous proposals to increase the cost of fuel for Idahoans. Democrats in the Washington Legislature are pushing a package of bills that would tax fuel shipped […]

  • February 11, 2022 - OPINION: Celebrating teachers, our partners in the education of Idaho’s future

    By Governor Brad Little For generations, our family has run a ranching operation in Idaho. It is a rewarding but difficult business that requires dedicated and very hard-working employees. One thing I learned as a rancher and businessman that I apply to my job now as Governor is this – you can only attract and […]

  • February 8, 2022 - Gov. Little signs his “Leading Idaho” teacher health insurance bill into law

    Boise, Idaho – At a teacher appreciation rally at Melba Elementary School this morning, Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 443 into law, his “Leading Idaho” teacher health insurance bill that seeks to extend better health insurance benefits to teachers across Idaho. “This investment means Idaho’s teachers will be able to access better health benefits […]

  • February 4, 2022 - Gov. Little signs his “Leading Idaho” income tax relief bill

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed the first bill of the 2022 legislative session today – his “Leading Idaho” income tax cut bill that provides one-time and ongoing income tax relief to Idahoans. “Never in my life did I think we would achieve the ‘TRIFECTA’ – historic tax relief, historic education investments, and historic […]

  • February 3, 2022 - Moody’s Investors Service upgrades Idaho to AAA rating

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented on the announcement today from Moody’s Investor Service, the premier ratings agency, that it upgraded Idaho from the AA1 issuer rating to the AAA issuer rating. Last fall, Fitch Ratings also upgraded Idaho’s credit rating to AAA, the highest level. Only a handful of states achieve the AAA […]

  • January 31, 2022 - Gov. Little activates National Guard for COVID response

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little activated the Idaho National Guard today for the fourth time during the pandemic to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 in Idaho. Governor Little activated 75 Idaho National Guardsmen to assist Primary Health and the Idaho Department of Correction, which are experiencing staffing shortages because too many employees are absent […]

  • January 28, 2022 - Little and Wasden applaud delay of Washington’s plan to unfairly tax Idahoans

    (Boise) – Idaho Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden are applauding a development in the Washington legislature this week as a positive for Idahoans affected by a planned payroll tax in Washington. The Washington Legislature just approved a delay of the implementation of a payroll tax that would have unfairly taxed Idahoans working […]

  • January 26, 2022 - Idaho victorious in ending Biden’s OSHA emergency vaccine mandate

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden hailed the termination of the Biden Administration’s emergency vaccine mandate on private businesses today, a successful outcome to Idaho and 26 other states’ legal challenges. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdrew its emergency rule today requiring businesses with 100 or more employees […]

  • January 21, 2022 - Idaho shatters another record for jobs

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the announcement that the State of Idaho shattered another all-time record for jobs, achieving the historic unemployment rate of 2.4-percent in December. Idaho remains in the top five states with the lowest unemployment rates in the country.  “Idaho’s economy is booming and people are working at […]

  • January 19, 2022 - Idaho leaders demand OSHA vaccine mandate rule withdrawal after SCOTUS blocked implementation

    Boise, Idaho – Idaho leaders demanded today the Biden Administration uphold state sovereignty and permanently withdraw its vaccine mandate rule for private businesses. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked implementation of the unconstitutional vaccine mandate last week, in a decision that clearly called its legality into question, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has […]

  • January 18, 2022 - Gov. Little announces changes at Idaho Public Utilities Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Recent retirements and departures at the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) have resulted in new membership of the body that regulates investor-owned or privately-owned utilities that provide gas, water, electricity or some telephone services for profit. Governor Brad Little appointed John Chatburn to replace Paul Kjellander, who retired as president of the […]

  • January 13, 2022 - Little, Wasden praise win on OSHA vaccine mandate strike down at U.S. Supreme Court

    (Boise, Idaho) – Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden issued the following joint statement praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today striking down President Joe Biden’s overreaching OSHA vaccine mandate on private businesses with 100 or more employees. The Court narrowly upheld Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, which affects 17 million Americans […]

  • January 11, 2022 - Governor Little appoints Stuchlik to Third Judicial District

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of Kiley Stuchlik to the Third Judicial District. “Kiley Stuchlik has a strong history of service and dedication to the people and State of Idaho,” Governor Little said. “I have no doubt she will represent her local community and the Third District well in this […]

  • January 6, 2022 - SCOTUS to hold historic special hearing Friday on Biden vaccine mandates

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the U.S. Supreme Court’s plans to hold a special hearing Friday to hear oral arguments on President Joe Biden’s OSHA vaccine mandate on private business and the CMS vaccine mandate on healthcare workers. Governor Little provided the following comment on this historic step. “Idaho is engaged […]

  • December 31, 2021 - Gov. Little comments on passing of Stephen Hartgen

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the passing of former House member and Twin Falls Times News editor and publisher Stephen Hartgen. “Steve was a colleague and friend who served with distinction in the Idaho House of Representatives. He was a steady leader and icon of Twin Falls, having served as editor […]

  • December 28, 2021 - Gov. Little appoints Grove and Whiting to Third Judicial District

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of Randall Grove and Brent Whiting to the Third Judicial District. “Both Grove and Whiting have long-standing relationships with the people and laws of Idaho,” Governor Little said. “I look forward to these appointees continuing to promote justice and ethics in our judicial system as […]

  • December 23, 2021 - Ned Burns appointed to District 26 legislative seat

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little appointed Ned Burns of Bellevue to the District 26 House seat vacated by Representative Muffy Davis. Burns currently serves as the Mayor of Bellevue and is a realtor. He has previously served as a substitute for Representatives Sally Toone and Muffy Davis in the Idaho Legislature. Burns is a […]

  • December 22, 2021 - Governor Little appoints Whyte to Seventh Judicial District

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little appointed Michael Whyte of Idaho Falls to the Seventh Judicial District. Whyte is a partner at Thomsen Holman Wheiler, PLLC, in Idaho Falls. He attended Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated from Creighton Law School in 1992. “Whyte’s long history of practicing law in the Seventh […]

  • December 21, 2021 - National study finds Idaho one of best states for pandemic response

    Boise, Idaho – A new State Pandemic Scorecard shows Idaho ranks #4 overall, #3 for education, and #4 for economy in our handling of the pandemic under the leadership of Governor Brad Little. “Idaho’s high ranking among states for our pandemic response reinforces our emphasis on choice and freedom. Our businesses and schools stayed open. […]

  • December 20, 2021 - Idaho files emergency motion asking SCOTUS to reinstate stay on OSHA vaccine mandate

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that Idaho, joined by 26 other states, filed an emergency motion to reinstate the stay in the U.S. Supreme Court on Biden’s OSHA vaccine mandate on private business, after a three-judge panel in the Sixth Circuit dissolved the stay Friday, allowing the OSHA rule to go into […]

  • December 17, 2021 - Idaho’s unemployment rate drops again, economy continues to strengthen

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the news that Idaho’s already low unemployment rate dropped yet again to 2.6-percent in November, down 0.2 percentage points from October. “Idaho is consistently in the top five states for our very low unemployment rate. For four straight months, Idaho’s labor force has grown, and Idahoans […]

  • December 8, 2021 - OPINION: Reflecting on Bob Dole’s message for America and Idaho

    By Governor Brad Little When I heard of the passing of WWII combat veteran and former presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bob Dole, I immediately recalled a man of integrity, humility, and patriotism. Senator Dole wrote his final column earlier this year. It has been published in the days since his death on Sunday. A member […]

  • December 7, 2021 - Court halts Biden’s federal contractor vaccine mandate

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the news that the courts put in place a nationwide injunction on President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors.  “Yet another one of President Biden’s vaccine mandates has been temporarily shut down because the states – including Idaho – took a stand against his unprecedented […]

  • December 3, 2021 - Gov. Little announces appointments to Transportation Board, Blaine County Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he appointed Gary Osborn of Troy to the district 2 position on the Idaho Transportation Board, serving Nez Perce, Latah, Idaho, Clearwater and Lewis counties. Osborn is a lifelong farmer in Latah County who operates a family farm that was established in 1917. He has served on the Soil […]

  • December 1, 2021 - Idaho tops lists for states with most freedom

    Boise, Idaho – The Cato Institute released its annual Freedom in the 50 States report, an index of personal and economic freedom, and Idaho scored top spots on a number of the rankings. “There is a reason this sought-after report says Idaho is one of the most economically and socially conservative states in the country. […]

  • November 30, 2021 - Court halts implementation of Biden’s healthcare worker vaccine mandate in Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the action by a Louisiana court granting a nationwide injunction today in the “CMS case,” which temporarily stops implementation of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate on healthcare workers in Idaho. Governor Little and Attorney General Wasden filed the lawsuit on behalf of the State of Idaho earlier this […]

  • November 19, 2021 - Idaho, other GOP-lead states top list for lowest unemployment rates

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the news that Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.8-percent for October, making Idaho’s unemployment rate the fourth best in the nation. “It’s not surprising at all that the top 10 states for lowest unemployment rates – including Idaho – are led by Republican governors. Our unrelenting […]

  • November 17, 2021 - Biden administration suspends enforcement of OSHA vaccine mandate

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the news that the Biden Administration, through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), announced it has suspended enforcement of the president’s vaccine mandate on private companies with 100 or more employees. “The Biden administration is putting his OSHA vaccine mandate on hold, thanks to the […]

  • November 17, 2021 - Capitol Christmas Tree to arrive at Capitol Monday, Nov. 22

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and First Lady Teresa Little invite Idahoans to view the Idaho State Capitol’s Christmas Tree and Capitol Christmas decorations beginning the week of Nov. 22. This year’s tree is donated by David, Lisa, and Delaney Beale. The tree is located at 1414 N. Harrison Boulevard in Boise. Cutting begins […]

  • November 16, 2021 - Gov. Little joins third lawsuit challenging Biden vaccine mandates

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Idaho joined another lawsuit challenging President Joe Biden’s unprecedented government overreach and vaccine mandates. Idaho and 11 other states are part of a Louisiana lawsuit seeking to stop Biden’s vaccine mandate on healthcare workers. The lawsuit follows a similar but separate 10-state challenge filed in Missouri. The […]

  • November 12, 2021 - OPINION: Apprenticeships help solve Idaho’s labor challenges

    By Governor Brad Little The “Now Hiring” and “Help Wanted” job postings are everywhere. Idaho’s economy is booming, and jobs are readily available, but some employers still cannot fill jobs with the skilled workers they need. The labor market challenges are multifaceted, but employers across the state have one thing in common – they need […]

  • November 10, 2021 - Idaho increases its lead as least regulated state

    Boise, Idaho – The Mercatus Center at George Mason University recently released new regulatory data showing Idaho widened its gap as the least regulated state in the nation. “In my first year as Governor, we surpassed South Dakota and achieved the title of least regulated state in the country. We cut or simplified 75-percent of […]

  • November 4, 2021 - Idaho will sue Biden Administration Friday over OSHA vaccine mandate

    Boise, Idaho – The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration released an Emergency Temporary Standard today, a new rule requiring private employers with 100 or more employees to require vaccination or testing and masking for its employees. The move stems from another one of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates. The rule impacts […]

  • October 29, 2021 - Gov. Little joins lawsuit challenging Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he joined a multistate lawsuit challenging President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14042, also known as the federal contractor vaccine mandate. Biden’s Executive Order 14042 requires employees of federal contractors be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021, with few exceptions. “President Biden’s federal contractor vaccine mandate not only […]

  • October 26, 2021 - Gov. Little recognizes Idaho hospitality workers with Lifetime Achievement Award in Travel and Tourism

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced he awarded the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Travel and Tourism to Idaho hospitality workers collectively. “Historically this award has recognized an individual who’s made unmatched contributions to the industry. However, this year, exceptional contributions have come from many. The cooks, servers and bartenders taking care of more […]

  • October 21, 2021 - Biden to reinstate policy outlined in governors’ 10-point border plan

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on news that the Biden Administration is taking steps to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols – or “Remain in Mexico” policy – which is one of the 10 policy recommendations to secure the border laid out by the majority of the nation’s governors earlier this month. The […]

  • October 13, 2021 - Gov. Little proclaims October Idaho Health Care Worker Appreciation Month

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little on Monday proclaimed the month of October “Idaho Health Care Worker Appreciation Month,” and encouraged all Idahoans to seek out the health care workers in their lives and communities and show their respect, appreciation, and support for the sacrifices health care workers are making to get us through an […]

  • October 6, 2021 - Governors detail their policy solutions to alleviate border crisis

    MCALLEN, TX – Governor Brad Little and the 25 other Governors who requested a meeting with President Joe Biden to discuss the border released ten policy solutions today that the Biden Administration could enact immediately to protect America, restore security, and put us on a path to end the crisis at the southern border. Nearly […]

  • October 4, 2021 - Gov. Little, nine other governors to visit U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little will join nine other governors for a visit to the United States-Mexico border in Texas Wednesday to witness firsthand the crisis playing out, reveal their proposed solutions, and once again call on President Joe Biden to act to secure the border immediately. Governor Little plans to take a boat […]

  • September 24, 2021 - OPINION: Biden’s vaccine mandate is not the solution

    By Governor Brad Little Americans are deeply divided on COVID-19 and the response to it. Public health has turned political, there’s no doubt about it. But the situation playing out in hospitals across the country isn’t up for debate. There are more patients in need of critical care in Idaho than ever before in our […]

  • September 21, 2021 - Gov. Little, 25 other governors request meeting with Biden on border crisis

    Boise, Idaho – More than half the nation’s governors are calling on President Joe Biden to address the border crisis immediately. Governor Brad Little joined 25 other governors in requesting an in-person meeting with President Biden to find solutions to the national security and public health crisis created by the unenforced border with Mexico. “The […]

  • September 21, 2021 - Idaho directs more aid to hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced Idaho will direct an additional $10 million in relief dollars to address the growing needs in Idaho hospitals, primary and urgent care clinics, and skilled nursing facilities due to the recent surge in COVID-19 patients needing care. “We have taken many steps to preserve access to healthcare during […]

  • September 17, 2021 - Idaho leaders detail legal issues with federal vaccine mandate, threaten Biden with legal action

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Senate President Pro Tempore Chuck Winder, and House Speaker Scott Bedke sent a letter to President Joe Biden today detailing the flaws with the President’s federal vaccine mandate on private business and threatened legal action if he does not rescind the directive. “One size fits […]

  • September 13, 2021 - Idaho leaders push Biden on Afghan refugee resettlement security protocols

    The Biden Administration acted through federal mandate and without consultation from the state in decision to resettle Afghan refugees in Idaho Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and the entire Idaho congressional delegation told President Joe Biden in a letter Friday that Idaho expects the federal government to uphold the most stringent vetting standards in […]

  • September 13, 2021 - Gov. Little comments on President Biden’s visit to National Interagency Fire Center

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement after joining President Joe Biden at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise today to discuss the impacts of wildfire in the West. “Two-thirds of Idaho is public land managed by the federal government, and it is imperative we keep lines of communication open with […]

  • September 10, 2021 - Gov. Little takes steps to expand pool of substitute teachers to support in-person learning

    Boise, Idaho – With school districts across Idaho reporting substitute teacher shortages, Governor Brad Little announced today new steps he is taking to expand the pool of substitute teachers so students can continue to learn in person. “My priority throughout the pandemic has been to ensure in-person instruction for our students and minimize disruptions to […]

  • September 10, 2021 - Idaho exploring legal action against Biden’s COVID-19 plan

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following expanded statement today regarding President Joe Biden’s plan to fine private employers with 100 or more employees that do not mandate the COVID-19 vaccine or routine testing. “The State of Idaho is exploring legal action to stop President Biden’s unprecedented government overreach into the private sector […]

  • September 9, 2021 - Ammon to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Ammon on Thursday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ammon City Hall, 2135 S Ammon Rd. Officials joining Governor Little include: Idaho Supreme Court Justice Colleen Zahn Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra Treasurer Julie Ellsworth Department of Labor Director Jani Revier Department of […]

  • September 8, 2021 - OPINION: Remembering 9/11 and America’s response to tragedy

    By Governor Brad Little There are moments that define a generation. If you’re over the age of about 25, you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing during the unthinkable attacks on our country on September 11, 2001. When I heard that the second plane hit the Twin Towers, I was headed […]

  • August 24, 2021 - Gov. Little, Attorney General Wasden announce intent to join national opioid settlements

    Settlements total $26 billion, including up to $119 million for Idaho (Boise, Idaho) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Governor Brad Little have announced their intention to have Idaho join two national opioid settlements, totaling up to $26 billion. One settlement involves opioid distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson. The other involves opioid manufacturer Johnson […]

  • August 23, 2021 - Gov. Little comments on FDA full approval of COVID-19 vaccine

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little addressed the people of Idaho today in a video message regarding the positive news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its full approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine. View the Governor’s video message at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlguYAaeoro Governor Little’s full message to the people of Idaho follows:  […]

  • August 20, 2021 - Gov. Little appoints Jared Zwygart to Tax Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Nampa CPA Jared Zwygart to the Idaho State Tax Commission. “Jared’s strong background in public accounting and his dedication to the strength and future of our state make him an ideal person to serve on the Tax Commission. I thank him for stepping up […]

  • August 20, 2021 - Gov. Little takes steps to protect Coeur d’Alene Lake

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he is establishing a new Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee to improve and protect the health of North Idaho’s iconic water body. The formation of the committee is part of Governor Little’s Building Idaho’s Future initiative, which directs $2 million to be spent on projects that reduce […]

  • August 19, 2021 - OPINION: Vaccine is our best shot at keeping kids in school

    By Governor Brad Little Idaho students are back to their classrooms – a welcome transition for students and families across our state. Our main defense in ensuring the new school year is entirely in-person – free from outbreaks and quarantines – is the COVID-19 vaccine. The highly contagious delta variant is circulating in our communities […]

  • August 19, 2021 - Gov. Little announces State Board of Education appointments

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today two new appointments to the State Board of Education. Cindy Siddoway will replace Emma Atchley, who served on the board for 12 years, and Cally Grindstaff Roach will replace Debbie Critchfield, who has served on the board for seven years and is stepping down to run for Superintendent of Public Instruction. […]

  • August 13, 2021 - Gov. Little appoints Dave Bobbitt to Fish and Game Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Dave Bobbitt as the Idaho Fish and Game Commission Panhandle Region representative. “Dave is an avid outdoorsman with a long history of leadership and service to the people of North Idaho,” Governor Little said. “I have no doubt he will carry his passion as […]

  • August 12, 2021 - Idahoans urged to receive COVID-19 vaccine now as students head back to school

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little held a press conference today at Nampa High School to highlight facts about unvaccinated Idahoans getting sick, strain occurring in hospitals, and to urge Idahoans on the fence about receiving the vaccine to get the shot now to protect students’ ability to learn in their classrooms this school year.   “Idaho […]

  • August 11, 2021 - Rexburg to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Rexburg on August 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Romance Theater: 2 E Main Street. Officials joining Governor Little include:  Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra Treasurer Julie Ellsworth Department of Labor Director Jani Revier Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey Department of […]

  • August 6, 2021 - Gov. Little prioritizes clean, reliable water systems with new planning grants

    Boise, Idaho – Local communities in Idaho will be better able to quickly apply for and execute new upgrades to wastewater and drinking water systems in the coming years after Governor Brad Little directed funds this week to cover additional grants for their engineering and planning costs. Governor Little announced today he directed $2 million […]

  • August 5, 2021 - Gov. Little launches Cybersecurity Task Force with special focus on elections security

    (IDAHO FALLS, Idaho) – Governor Brad Little announced today the formation of a new task force to advance cybersecurity initiatives in Idaho. The Governor’s Cybersecurity Task Force will provide recommendations to improve business, government, and personal cybersecurity defenses and enhance the educational pipeline for cybersecurity workforce needs. It will identify cybersecurity assets, resources, and public-private […]

  • July 30, 2021 - Idahoans start receiving tax relief next week

    Boise, Idaho – Idahoans will begin receiving direct deposits or mailed checks in the form of income tax relief starting next week following the passage of Governor Brad Little’s historic tax relief package earlier this year. The refunds are part of Governor Little’s “Building Idaho’s Future” plan to use our record budget surplus for tax […]

  • July 27, 2021 - Gov. Little urges Biden, Canadian prime minister to open U.S.-Canada border

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined the governors of Montana and North Dakota and two premiers of Canadian provinces in urging President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “restore normal movement” and securely open the United States-Canada border immediately. Business, shopping, and tourism between the two countries remain slowed because of […]

  • July 20, 2021 - Idaho closes fiscal year with record surplus

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that Idaho ended its fiscal year with a surplus of nearly $900 million, adding to the largest surplus in state history. State revenue collections exceeded $5 billion for the first time, representing 24.2% growth over the previous fiscal year. This growth percentage represents the single largest annual […]

  • July 14, 2021 - U.S.-Mexico border driving Idaho’s growing drug threat

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little today hosted a roundtable with law enforcement leaders at Idaho State Police (ISP) headquarters in Boise to discuss Idaho’s growing drug threat and the connection to the United States-Mexico border.   “The sustained availability of drugs and the impact from crime related to drug abuse – including property and […]

  • July 14, 2021 - New Plan Sets Idaho’s Steps to Improve Behavioral Health Care

    (Boise, Idaho) – Changes are coming to Idaho’s behavioral health system with the release of a long-awaited strategic plan.   Members of the Idaho Behavioral Health Council in recent days presented the council’s first strategic plan to Gov. Brad Little, Idaho House and Senate leadership and the Idaho Supreme Court. The plan covers state actions […]

  • July 14, 2021 - State police start receiving $1,000 “Defend the Police” bonuses

    Boise, Idaho – Hundreds of frontline Idaho State Police personnel received their $1,000 “Defend the Police” bonuses last Friday.   Governor Brad Little announced in May that he would show our law enforcement that Idaho “backs the blue” by providing the $1,000 hazard pay bonuses to more than 320 commissioned officers and regional communications center […]

  • July 13, 2021 - Idaho faces potential for worst fire season in years

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined state and federal fire managers during a press conference today at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise to urge Idahoans to be safe and smart in the outdoors to minimize the risk of wildfire during what could be the worst fire season Idaho has faced in […]

  • July 13, 2021 - Governor Little appoints Kaitlin Maguire as Executive Director of STEM Action Center

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Kaitlin Maguire as executive director of the STEM Action Center. “I am happy to announce Kaitlin’s appointment as executive director,” Governor Little said. “Kaitlin has dedicated her life to the pursuit of curiosity in numerous scientific fields, a trait essential for this position. She […]

  • July 9, 2021 - Gov. Little mobilizes Idaho National Guard firefighters

    Boise, Idaho – Amid extreme drought, excessive heat, multiple fire starts, and dwindling firefighting resources regionwide, Governor Brad Little issued an emergency declaration for wildfire today and mobilized Idaho National Guard firefighters and aircraft to assist in the effort. “Wildfire is presenting an imminent threat to life, property, and the environment, and we need all […]

  • July 8, 2021 - Troy to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Troy on July 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Troy Lion’s Club: 415 S Main St. Officials joining Governor Little include: Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra Treasurer Julie Ellsworth Department of Labor Director Jani Revier […]

  • July 7, 2021 - Gov. Little appoints Bill Gilbert to State Board of Education

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Bill Gilbert of Boise to the State Board of Education. “As the co-chair of my ‘Our Kids, Idaho’s Future’ task force, which led to more than $225 million in additional funds toward educator salaries by expanding the career ladder, Bill demonstrated his commitment to […]

  • July 1, 2021 - Gov. Little details his plan to help secure U.S.-Mexico border and protect Idahoans

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the details of his plan to send Idaho State Police (ISP) troopers to Arizona to help secure the United States-Mexico border and curb the flow of illegal drugs into Idaho due to failed Biden-Harris immigration policies. “The crisis at the Unites States-Mexico border and the alarming bump […]

  • June 29, 2021 - Gov. Little, 19 other governors oppose Biden’s efforts to pack the court

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and 19 other governors issued a joint letter today to President Joe Biden opposing any efforts to pack the U.S. Supreme Court. The governors highlight how any attempt to increase the number of Justices on the court for partisan gain will manipulate the Court’s decisions. The Supreme Court is […]

  • June 28, 2021 - Gov. Little appoints Roker to Third Judicial District, O’Neill to Fourth Judicial District

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he appointed Matthew Roker of Caldwell as District Judge in the Third Judicial District and Derrick O’Neill of Boise as District Judge in the Fourth Judicial District. “Both Matthew Roker and Derrick O’Neill have strong track records practicing law in Idaho and contributing to our communities, and […]

  • June 24, 2021 - Gov. Little establishes timeline for Idaho National Guard COVID-19 Task Force draw down

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the Idaho National Guard’s COVID-19 Task Force will begin wrapping up operations this month as the impacts of the pandemic continue to improve in the state. The Guard’s task force has completed more than 70 unique mission assignments ranging from administrative and logistical support, COVID-19 testing and […]

  • June 21, 2021 - Idaho cities start receiving new round of federal relief dollars

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and State Controller Brandon Woolf announced today Idaho cities with populations below 50,000 will start receiving their share of $54 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Governor Little and the Idaho Legislature unanimously accepted the federal funds, which will be used by local government in Idaho to […]

  • June 17, 2021 - Idaho observes Juneteenth as new legal public holiday

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued a proclamation today recognizing June 19 – known as “Juneteenth” – as a new legal public holiday observed by Idaho Code following the passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law on June 17, 2021. State of Idaho executive branch entities […]

  • June 17, 2021 - Idaho answers call to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the State of Idaho will support Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in their efforts to secure the United States-Mexico border and protect the American people because the Biden-Harris Administration continuously fails to do so. Governors Abbott and Ducey sent a letter to the […]

  • June 16, 2021 - State of Idaho partners with Western Governors University to expand options for Idaho workforce

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today with Western Governors University (WGU) – a leading nonprofit, online university – to expand access to affordable degree programs for Idahoans who need additional education to thrive in the state’s evolving workforce. The partnership supplements the learning opportunities available through Idaho’s public […]

  • June 14, 2021 - Driggs to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Driggs on June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Driggs Senior Center, 60 S. Main St. Officials joining Governor Little include: Department of Labor Director Jani Revier Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever Department […]

  • June 8, 2021 - Gov. Little pushes back on Biden for undoing Trump’s progress on environmental regulations

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement today in response to an announcement by the Biden Administration Friday that it will undo years of progress in modernizing the Endangered Species Act under the leadership of President Donald Trump. “The Biden Administration’s announcement that it intends to undo much of the hard work […]

  • June 1, 2021 - Gov. Little appoints Colleen Zahn to Idaho Supreme Court

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he appointed Boise lawyer Colleen Zahn to the Idaho Supreme Court, replacing Justice Roger Burdick, who is retiring June 30. “Colleen Zahn is an experienced and talented lawyer with a broad range of knowledge on complex legal issues. She will bring beneficial insight to Idaho’s highest court […]

  • May 28, 2021 - Gov. Little defends local control, denounces Lt. Governor’s irresponsible abuse of power

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued Executive Order 2021-08 today – “Repealing Executive Order 2021-07 to Restore Local Control” – and provided the following statement to the people of Idaho: My fellow Idahoans.  We could talk ‘til we’re blue in the face about masks and whether they work – whether mask mandates work – […]

  • May 26, 2021 - Little and Wasden praise spent fuel milestone

    (Boise, Idaho) – Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden issued the following joint statement today praising the completion by the U.S. Navy of a major milestone in the Idaho Settlement Agreement, which addresses the handling of spent nuclear fuel at the Idaho National Laboratory.  “The U.S. Navy’s completion of an important cleanup milestone […]

  • May 24, 2021 - Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship recipients announced

    (BOISE) – Governor Brad Little announced the recipients today of the 2021 Governor’s Cup Scholarships to Idaho colleges and universities. Last year’s Governor’s Cup fundraising drive brought in enough money for 27 new scholarships to be awarded this year, despite the cancellation of the annual event. Recipients were chosen from among more than 2,000 applicants […]

  • May 24, 2021 - Mike Edmondson to lead Governor’s Office of Species Conservation

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Mike Edmondson will take over as administrator of the Governor’s Office of Species Conservation (OSC). “Mike Edmondson has a long history of working with landowners and industry to ensure that Idaho works to conserve and recover species while our economy remains vibrant. He has a proven track […]

  • May 18, 2021 - Lori Wolff to lead Division of Human Resources

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Lori Wolff will take over as administrator of the Division of Human Resources (DHR). “Lori Wolff has a proven track record leading several major projects for operational and technology improvements within state government, and I am confident she will carry over that focus on achieving excellence in […]

  • May 18, 2021 - “Building Idaho’s Future”: Gov. Little signs bills investing in education, workforce

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed the last of his “Building Idaho’s Future” bills this week, making strategic investments in education and Idaho’s workforce. “We have a constitutional and moral obligation to prepare our students to become lifelong learners and eventual participants in our state’s workforce,” Governor Little said. “The goal of my ‘Building […]

  • May 17, 2021 - Lori McCann appointed to fill legislative District 6 vacancy

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Lori McCann of Lewiston was appointed to fill the vacant legislative District 6 seat in the Idaho House of Representatives. McCann has been a resident of Nez Perce County for 50 years. She graduated from Lewiston High School and the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree […]

  • May 14, 2021 - Governor Little seeks applicants for Fish and Game Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little is accepting applications for the Panhandle Region representative on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission following the retirement of Commissioner Brad Corkill. Corkill was appointed to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in 2013. “I want to thank Brad for his dedicated service to the people and wildlife of […]

  • May 13, 2021 - Gov. Little comments on 2021 legislative session

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little commented today on the 2021 legislative session following the Idaho Senate’s vote to adjourn sine die and the Idaho House of Representatives’ vote to recess for up to the end of the year. “This was a truly historic legislative session in many ways – some good, and some not […]

  • May 12, 2021 - Idaho achieves single largest tax cut in state history

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 380 into law Monday, providing Idahoans $220 million in immediate one-time income tax rebates and $163 million in ongoing income tax relief. Combined with another tax conformity bill earlier this session, Idaho achieved more than $435 million in tax relief for Idaho citizens – the single […]

  • May 12, 2021 - Gov. Little, 19 other Governors call on Biden, Harris to act on border crisis

    Boise, Idaho – In a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Tuesday, Governor Brad Little and 19 other Governors urged immediate action to secure the United States-Mexico border. “The border is neither closed nor secure,” the Governors stated. “The crisis is too big to ignore and is now spilling over the […]

  • May 10, 2021 - Idaho achieves historic transportation investment without raising taxes or fees

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 362 into law today, his sustainable transportation funding solution that directs $80 million in ongoing funding, allowing the state to bond for up to $1.6 billion for transportation infrastructure projects statewide. It is the single largest state investment in transportation infrastructure in Idaho history. The solution […]

  • May 4, 2021 - Gov. Little’s push for more broadband investment now law

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little recently signed Senate Bill 1199 into law, directing $45 million toward new investments in internet connectivity for underserved areas to improve commerce, economic growth, and education, on top of close to $50 million made available for broadband investments last year. The investment supports more remote healthcare access and improved […]

  • May 3, 2021 - OPINION: It’s more important than ever to tell teachers we value them

    By Governor Brad Little It is Teacher Appreciation Week across the country, and while one week is hardly enough time to show our teachers how much we value them, it is a good opportunity to tell the teachers in your life that you notice all they do for our students and communities. Teachers get to […]

  • April 30, 2021 - Gov. Little’s virtual trade mission to Mexico continues to strengthen Idaho economy

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little said today he is seeing early positive results from Idaho’s first virtual trade mission to Mexico last week. Mexico is Idaho’s fourth largest export destination, accounting for the purchase of $224.2 million in Idaho products in 2020. Export markets continue to be critical to Idaho businesses and the state’s […]

  • April 29, 2021 - Gov. Little comments on recommendation to expel Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement today following the recommendation of the House Ethics and House Policy Committee that the full House of Representatives suspend Representative Aaron von Ehlinger for the remainder of his term. “I applaud Jane Doe and the other brave women for their courage in telling their stories […]

  • April 22, 2021 - OPINION: After a challenging year, Idaho education needs our support

    By Governor Brad Little The past 13 months have presented enormous challenges for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. The sudden changes in work life, home life, and social life, along with new ways of learning and instructing, have firmly placed the COVID-19 pandemic as one of our most difficult life experiences. We don’t want […]

  • April 19, 2021 - Gov. Little appoints Mark Tschampl to lead Idaho Division of Veterans Services

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he appointed Mark Tschampl as Chief Administrator at the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. “As a veteran himself, I have the utmost confidence Mark will serve and support those who have served our country,” Governor Little said. “His career experience in the military and leadership roles in […]

  • April 16, 2021 - All four living former Idaho Governors support Gov. Little’s veto of emergency powers bills

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he will veto House Bill 135 and Senate Bill 1136, the “emergency powers bills” that threaten the safety of Idahoans and the Idaho economy during future emergencies. Former Governors C.L. “Butch” Otter, Jim Risch, Dirk Kempthorne, and Phil Batt all provided statements of support for Governor Little’s […]

  • April 7, 2021 - Gov. Little bans ‘vaccine passports’ in Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed an executive order today banning any State of Idaho governmental entity from requiring so-called “vaccine passports” – or proof of COVID-19 vaccination for citizens to receive public services or access facilities. “Idahoans should be given the choice to receive the vaccine. We should not violate Idahoans’ personal freedoms […]

  • March 26, 2021 - Gov. Little to host statewide Sustainable Transportation Funding Roundtables

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he will host Sustainable Transportation Funding Roundtables with businesses and local leaders across Idaho next week. Governor Little will travel to north Idaho, eastern Idaho, and the west Treasure Valley next week to meet with businesses and local officials about their need for a sustainable transportation funding […]

  • March 24, 2021 - Idaho tax filing deadline to be extended to May 17

    Boise, Idaho – The deadline to file Idaho state income taxes will be extended to May 17 to conform with temporary changes to the federal tax filing deadline. Before recessing for two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the Idaho Legislature was prepared to advance legislation required to extend the state filing deadline from April […]

  • March 24, 2021 - All Idahoans aged 16+ can access COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced his decision today to open up COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all Idahoans aged 16 and older starting April 5. Starting April 5, there will be no prioritization of any group of people. All Idahoans aged 16 and older, regardless of their age, medical condition, or occupation, will be […]

  • March 22, 2021 - “Building Idaho’s Future”: Gov. Little signs bill investing in clean, plentiful water

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed Senate Bill 1121 into law last week, the fourth of his “Building Idaho’s Future” bills that make strategic investments in critical state priorities. Senate Bill 1121 directs $50 million to projects that promote clean, plentiful supplies of water for generations to come. “Water is truly the source of […]

  • March 18, 2021 - Gov. Little details path forward for federal American Rescue Plan Act funds in Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – During a press conference today, Governor Brad Little emphasized the need to direct the billions of dollars allocated for Idaho from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into long-range investments that will benefit our grandchildren – the generation that will have to pay off the massive federal debt. Governor Little said he […]

  • March 17, 2021 - “Building Idaho’s Future”: Gov. Little signs bill investing in public buildings

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 225 into law today, the third of his “Building Idaho’s Future” bills that make strategic investments in critical state priorities. House Bill 225 directs close to $90 million to the state’s Permanent Building Fund to pay for needed projects and repairs in public buildings. “Idaho is […]

  • March 15, 2021 - “Building Idaho’s Future”: Gov. Little signs bill investing in law enforcement

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 205 into law today, the first of his “Building Idaho’s Future” bills that make strategic investments in critical state priorities. House Bill 205 focused on the needs of law enforcement. “While other places seek to defund the police, I am proud to say that Idaho DEFENDS […]

  • March 9, 2021 - Gov. Little reflects one year of Idaho’s pandemic fight

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued a message to the people of Idaho today, reflecting on one year of Idaho’s pandemic fight. Saturday marks one year since Idaho’s first confirmed COVID-19 case.  Governor Little’s statement follows:  Saturday marks one year since Idaho’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. Tragically, we have lost close to 1,900 […]

  • March 5, 2021 - Idaho launches COVID-19 vaccine appointment pre-registration system

    Boise, Idaho – Under Governor Brad Little’s direction, the State of Idaho created a new COVID-19 vaccine appointment pre-registration solution to help alleviate the frustration of many Idahoans in trying to make an appointment to get the vaccine. The new COVID-19 vaccine appointment pre-registration system is available at https://covidvaccine.idaho.gov/. “The ability for Idahoans to get […]

  • March 4, 2021 - OPINION: Biden, Democrat-led Congress seek to punish responsible states like Idaho

    By Governor Brad Little Our new president and the Democrat-led Congress are seeking to bail out big, poorly-managed states and punish states that have operated responsibly during the pandemic – a step that would saddle Idaho children with even greater debt and suppress economic prosperity for generations to come. Idaho won’t stand for it. I […]

  • March 2, 2021 - Governor’s emergency declaration secures millions in funding for vaccination effort

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $39 million to the Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts throughout the state. The funds would not be available to Idaho without Governor Little’s active emergency declaration. “We are in the final lap of […]

  • March 1, 2021 - OPINION: Sustainable transportation funding needed to build Idaho’s future

    By Governor Brad Little There’s only one thing we all want more of but cannot replenish – time. You will spend almost as much time in traffic in some parts of Idaho as you would in Seattle, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. That time would be better spent at home with family, earning a living, […]

  • February 19, 2021 - Susan Buxton to lead Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Susan Buxton accepted the position of director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR). “Susan’s passion for outdoor recreation and her strong background in lands issues and management make her an excellent fit to lead the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation,” Governor Little said. […]

  • February 18, 2021 - Gov. Little issues expanded statement on dam removal proposal

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued an expanded statement today on the proposal from Congressman Mike Simpson related to salmon recovery and dam removal.  “My position on the lower Snake River Dams has not changed. I remain unconvinced that breaching the dams is a silver bullet for salmon recovery. Breaching the dams would have […]

  • February 12, 2021 - OPINION: Idaho prioritizes clean, plentiful water to build Idaho’s future

    By Governor Brad Little There is nothing more essential to our health and way of life – or Idaho’s future – than clean, plentiful water. The availability of water has transformed much of our state from a desert into an abundant agricultural landscape that supports tens of thousands of Idahoans and their livelihoods. Across Idaho, […]

  • February 8, 2021 - New COVID-19 vaccine administration transparency data now live

    Boise, Idaho – New COVID-19 vaccine administration transparency data that the Governor promised Idahoans in his Jan. 28 executive order is now live. The new tool, available at this link, shows the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses that individual providers and local public health districts have been allocated and the number of doses that remain […]

  • February 5, 2021 - OPINION: Building Idaho’s future requires looking forward, not back

    By Governor Brad Little I am sure glad to live in Idaho. We have a proud history and bright future ahead. We have the strongest economy in the nation. We have one of the best employment rates in the country. We have been open longer than almost every other state during the pandemic and added […]

  • February 5, 2021 - January revenues blow past projections again, demonstrating Idaho’s continued economic strength

    Boise, Idaho – Idaho’s economy continues to strengthen, with Idaho leading states for the best financial shape and January revenue figures beating the forecast by $58.5 million. It marks the seventh straight month that the state’s economy outperformed projections. “An open economy, relentless focus on fiscal conservatism, quick action throughout the pandemic, and Idahoans’ preventive […]

  • February 3, 2021 - Gov. Little issues half-staff flag directive in honor of three guardsmen killed

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the three Idaho Army National Guard pilots killed in a helicopter crash near Boise Tuesday night. “Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of three brave and talented pilots killed during service to our state […]

  • February 2, 2021 - Idaho advances to Stage 3 as COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations decline

    Boise, Idaho – After weeks of declining COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations, Governor Brad Little announced today that statewide metrics justify returning to Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan. “When we moved back to Stage 2 in November, case counts were spiking and hospitals were bracing for the worst. Today, thanks to our collective […]

  • January 29, 2021 - New online tool helps Idahoans learn when, where to receive COVID-19 vaccine

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the State of Idaho launched a new COVID-19 vaccination information web page to help Idahoans more easily find information on when and where to get vaccinated and what to expect when they get to their appointment. The new web page is https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/covid-19-vaccination. “The rollout of the COVID-19 […]

  • January 22, 2021 - OPINION: Idaho Legislature’s actions threaten vaccine rollout and Idaho’s prosperity

    By Governor Brad Little My fellow Idahoans, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as your Governor I have worked hard to protect lives and critical health care capacity for the entire state while keeping families safe and businesses and schools open. Every decision has been a balancing act, and while the pandemic response has not been perfect, […]

  • January 20, 2021 - High school athletic plan to include more spectators at sporting events

    Boise, Idaho – Following a weeks-long decrease in statewide COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Governor Brad Little announced today that he is instructing the State Board of Education to revise its high school athletic plan to allow more spectators at sporting events. “All of our decisions related to the Idaho Rebounds plan have been rooted in […]

  • January 19, 2021 - Gov. Little accelerates COVID-19 vaccine administration across Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he will seek to increase the number of available Idaho National Guard personnel from 250 to 400 guardsmen later this week to aid in Idaho’s pandemic response. The additional guardsmen will assist in vaccine distribution.  “Our women and men in the Idaho National Guard have stepped in […]

  • January 12, 2021 - Gov. Little updates Idahoans on COVID-19 vaccine rollout

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today four key updates on the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across Idaho. “Our goal with vaccine planning and distribution is, in part, to reduce transmission and preserve a functioning healthcare system – and get back to normal as quickly as possible,” Governor Little said. “Idaho is administering the […]

  • December 30, 2020 - Gov. Little launches weekly press briefings on COVID-19 vaccine

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he is directing the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) to carry out weekly virtual press briefings regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. “The availability of the safe COVID-19 vaccine is a lifeline in our pandemic fight, and I know there are a lot of questions about vaccine […]

  • December 22, 2020 - Gov. Little comments on passing of Dean Buffington

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little expressed sadness today over the death of Dean Buffington, who passed away Monday night due to complications related to COVID-19. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend, Dean Buffington. He was a wonderful person, great philanthropist, and a genuine family man. Dean’s extensive involvement in […]

  • December 16, 2020 - Gov. Little issues proclamation for Health Care Worker Appreciation Month in Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued a proclamation today naming December Health Care Worker Appreciation Month in Idaho. “I ask all Idahoans to share their gratitude for health care heroes in Idaho,” Governor Little said. “We can show our gratitude by minimizing transmissible moments this holiday season. Wear a mask, avoid gatherings with people […]

  • December 11, 2020 - OPINION: The enemy is the virus, not each other

    By Governor Brad Little The pandemic has presented great challenges for everyone across our state, country, and the world. One of the greatest challenges perhaps is this – choosing to show compassion and support when the instinct is to fight and attack others who think, feel, and act differently than we do. Communities, public officials, […]

  • December 11, 2020 - Gov. Little increases Idaho National Guard response to battle COVID-19

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little authorized an increase in Idaho National Guard support from 100 to up to 250 personnel serving on active duty in an effort to enhance medical capacity and COVID-19 response throughout Idaho. The authorization comes nearly a month after his executive order mobilizing 100 personnel for 30 days, coinciding with […]

  • December 10, 2020 - Gov. Little joins with Idaho GOP in supporting Texas lawsuit on election integrity

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he proudly stands with the Idaho Republican Party in supporting Texas in its efforts to ensure American’s elections meet the highest standards and expectations of the U.S. Constitution, and he will file an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit.  “Idaho’s elections are safe and secure, and […]

  • December 4, 2020 - Idaho lawyer Brady Hall to serve as General Counsel for Governor’s Office

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the hiring of Idaho lawyer Brady Hall to serve as General Counsel for the Office of the Governor. “Brady will serve Idahoans well in his new role as General Counsel for my office and a member of my leadership team. He is an experienced and skilled attorney. […]

  • November 25, 2020 - OPINION: Thanksgiving is our opportunity to celebrate freedom by showing love to others

    By Governor Brad Little Thanksgiving is one of the most patriotic holidays we celebrate as Americans. Four hundred years ago this month, a group of passengers landed the Mayflower after a months-long journey across the sea to start a new life. The Pilgrims stepped foot onto what would become the greatest country in the world […]

  • November 19, 2020 - Capitol Christmas Tree to be moved November 23

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and First Lady Teresa Little invite Idahoans to view the Idaho State Capitol’s Christmas Tree and Capitol Christmas decorations beginning the week of November 23. “COVID-19 has adjusted the way we do things this year,” Governor Little said. “Though we will forego a formal Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, […]

  • November 9, 2020 - OPINION: It’s our turn to protect veterans from a new enemy – COVID-19

    By Governor Brad Little America’s veterans have gone to war for centuries to protect us from enemies overseas. They have endured loss of friends, loss of limbs, and loss of mental and emotional security to protect us. Now our veterans need us. They need us to protect them from a new enemy stealing lives right […]

  • October 30, 2020 - CyberStart America encourages Idaho Students to pursue cybersecurity education

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the state’s participation in CyberStart America – an innovative, online cybersecurity competition sponsored by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation and the SANS Institute and supported by the Idaho National Laboratory. “My administration is focused on advancing Idaho’s education system so our talented young students have the opportunity to […]

  • October 28, 2020 - Gov. Little appoints Lamont Berecz to the First Judicial District

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of the Honorable Lamont Berecz to the First Judicial District.   “Idaho’s justice system is made stronger with the appointment of capable and compassionate judges such as Judge Berecz who have a strong understanding of and respect for the Constitution,” Governor Little said. “The First Judicial District will be well served with […]

  • October 27, 2020 - Governor Little appoints Ron Davies to Fish and Game Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has appointed Ron Davies of Clayton as the Idaho Fish and Game Commission Salmon Region representative.    “Ron is not only a lifelong Idahoan and avid hunter and fisherman, but he has proven himself in committed service to the people of the Gem State, ” Governor Little said. “I am […]

  • October 26, 2020 - Idaho moves back to Stage 3 amid healthcare capacity constraints statewide

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed a statewide public health order today moving Idaho back into a modified Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan as healthcare facilities throughout the state face alarming demand and capacity constraints due to increasing COVID-19 spread.   “Hospitals throughout the state are quickly filling up or are already full with COVID-19 patients and other patients, and way too […]

  • October 21, 2020 - COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee sets first meeting

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced the membership of the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee, which will have its first meeting Friday. “The availability of a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine is one of the biggest hurdles in getting our lives closer to normal. Here in Idaho, we have been planning for months for the […]

  • October 19, 2020 - Strong Families, Strong Students goes live Wednesday

    Boise, Idaho – The web site for the new $50 million “Strong Families, Strong Students” initiative goes live Wednesday, directly supporting Idaho families and their students’ educational needs during the pandemic. At StrongFamilies.Idaho.Gov, eligible parents can apply for $1,500 per eligible student with a maximum award of $3,500 per family. Families can use the funds […]

  • October 15, 2020 - Gov. Little urges personal responsibility to slow COVID-19 spread

    Boise, Idaho – As COVID-19 cases increase in communities across Idaho, Governor Brad Little urged Idahoans to ramp up personal actions to slow the spread of the virus to protect lives and our economic prosperity.  “Our personal actions work better to slow the spread of coronavirus than anything else. Our personal actions are free of […]

  • October 5, 2020 - Majority of Idaho property taxpayers will benefit from Gov. Little’s Public Safety Initiative

    Boise, Idaho – Forty-two cities and counties will participate in Governor Brad Little’s $125 million plan that uses federal coronavirus relief funds to cover local public safety personnel salaries and gives cities and counties the opportunity to pass on the savings to property taxpayers. Last week was the deadline for cities and counties to formally […]

  • October 2, 2020 - Higher education benefits from major financial support during pandemic

    Boise, Idaho – The Governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) voted today to direct another $6 million in federal relief funds to higher education in Idaho, bringing the total financial support from federal COVID funds for the public institutions this year to $54.4 million. “Idaho’s institutions of higher education play a huge role in our […]

  • October 1, 2020 - COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning underway in Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and public health officials today outlined the steps Idaho is taking to work with the federal government on distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. “The availability of a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine is one of the biggest hurdles in getting our lives closer to normal. We’re proud that the United […]

  • September 30, 2020 - Next Steps Idaho connects students and adults to careers

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little is calling on Idahoans of all ages to explore easy-to-find training and college and career opportunities on the recently upgraded web site NextSteps.Idaho.Gov, which now includes not only information for high school students but also adult workers looking for new training or a career change. “Our investments in resources […]

  • September 23, 2020 - Gov. Little’s statement on firefighter death in Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement today: “Tragically, a firefighter died when the single engine air tanker he was flying crashed during initial attack operations on the Schill Fire near Emmett Tuesday. Our hearts are heavy. The death of a firefighter is felt deeply and emotionally in the firefighting community. Pray […]

  • September 23, 2020 - OPINION: Together, Idaho and President Trump are taking action to support small business

    By Governor Brad Little It’s National Small Business Week, a fitting time to reflect on the ways President Donald Trump and the State of Idaho are supporting small business – the backbone of our economy. We’ve been working with President Trump and his administration to put people over paperwork by reducing the volume and cost […]

  • September 21, 2020 - Governor Little appoints Jeff McCray as Idaho Tax Commission Chairman

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of Jeff McCray as chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission. “Jeff’s history of success and experience with Idaho business, operations, and community make him uniquely qualified to fill this important role,” Governor Little said. “I have no doubt he will continue to ensure the […]

  • September 21, 2020 - Risch, Little Recognize Idaho Resilience during National Small Business Week

    WASHINGTON – During a year that’s been unlike any other, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Idaho Governor Brad Little hailed the kick-off of National Small Business Week and the strength and tenacity of Idaho’s small business owners. This year’s National Small Business Week, which will be hosted online by the U.S. Small Business Administration, […]

  • September 18, 2020 - Idaho leads in economic rebound, Gov. Little highlights steps taken to strengthen economy

    Boise, Idaho – As Idaho surges ahead in national rankings for economic prosperity, Governor Brad Little highlighted today the ways Idaho is accelerating a strong economic rebound amid the global pandemic. “Idahoans have faced much hardship this year, but we have been working hard to ease the challenges and restore the prosperity Idaho had before […]

  • September 11, 2020 - Financial support for K-12 education grows 10.5-percent during pandemic

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Idaho public schools and families will receive even more financial support, making Idaho one of the only states in the country to significantly increase funding for K-12 education during the global pandemic. “Idaho was just recognized for leading all 50 states in our economic momentum. That’s the […]

  • September 3, 2020 - Gov. Little urges Idahoans to get flu shots

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Idaho will remain in Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds plan for another two weeks while emphasizing the need for Idahoans to get flu shots to protect themselves and their families and lighten the burden on Idaho’s healthcare system. Overall COVID-19 hospital admissions statewide are still too […]

  • September 1, 2020 - Idaho to begin payments for Trump’s Lost Wages program this week

    Boise, Idaho – The State of Idaho will begin making payments this week for the Trump Administration’s new conservative plan to offer extended unemployment benefits in order to continue Idaho’s economic rebound. “Idaho is third among states for lowest unemployment rates, thanks to the investments and creativity of Idaho’s businesses in safely reopening,” Governor Little […]

  • August 31, 2020 - Gov. Little appoints Jess Byrne as Department of Environmental Quality Director

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of Jess Byrne as director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. “Jess is committed to the vision of ensuring Idaho’s environment enhances healthy living and supports thriving communities,” Governor Little said. “His years of experience as deputy director make him uniquely capable to serve […]

  • August 31, 2020 - Gov. Little appoints Russ Barron to lead Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Russ Barron will lead the recently restructured Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses, the state agency responsible for administering licenses for dozens of professions and businesses in Idaho. “Russ shares my desire to keep Idaho regulations as streamlined as possible. His strong leadership skills and track […]

  • August 28, 2020 - Nearly $50 million awarded for broadband projects to support remote learning, economic development

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the Idaho Department of Commerce awarded $48.9 million in federal coronavirus relief funds for 102 projects across Idaho that support improved broadband infrastructure, equipment, and services. The grants help fund broadband connectivity for more than 43,000 underserved households, the majority of which are in rural communities of […]

  • August 27, 2020 - Gov. Little issues statement on special legislative session

    Governor Brad Little commented today on the conclusion of the special legislative session. I want to thank the members of the Idaho Legislature for passionately carrying out their duties and performing this special legislative session. Our common desire for a prosperous and safe Idaho is our bond. Your work has helped ensure our election will […]

  • August 19, 2020 - Special legislative session to address election, civil liability during the pandemic

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued a proclamation today outlining the issues to be considered by the Idaho Legislature during a special legislative session convening on Aug. 24. The Governor’s proclamation calls for a special legislative session to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Idaho, including election law changes that are needed in order to […]

  • August 17, 2020 - Idaho to continue economic rebound by participating in President Trump’s new lost wages program

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the State of Idaho will participate in the Trump Administration’s new conservative plan to offer extended unemployment benefits in order to continue our economic rebound. “Idaho still has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, thanks to the investments and creativity of Idaho’s businesses in […]

  • August 14, 2020 - Additional funds to feed families in need, protect Idahoans in long-term care facilities

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) approved additional funds today to support community food banks and residents of long-term care facilities. The Idaho Foodbank will receive $2.56 million to serve struggling families across Idaho, and Idaho’s long-term care facilities will receive an additional $10 million to cover their costs in […]

  • August 6, 2020 - Gov. Little announces membership and first meeting of three-branch Idaho Behavioral Health Council

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the membership of the recently established Idaho Behavioral Health Council. In February, all five Idaho Supreme Court Justices and legislative leaders joined Governor Little for the signing of an executive order creating the council, a historic three-branch collaboration to study the state behavioral health delivery system and […]

  • August 6, 2020 - Idaho directing millions of dollars to the safe reopening of schools

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little emphasized once again today the importance of getting Idaho students back into schools for in-person instruction while highlighting the millions of dollars the state has directed to schools for safe reopening. “The unprecedented amount of money we’re directing to the safe reopening of schools is helping to make schools […]

  • August 5, 2020 - Gov. Little to call special legislative session

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today he will call the Idaho Legislature into a special legislative session the week of Aug. 24. Governor Little, legislative leadership, and members of the House and Senate will continue discussions about the specific topics that will be addressed during the special session, which could include the November […]

  • July 31, 2020 - Idaho supports thousands of businesses and citizens during pandemic

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little reported today on the success of several programs that have supported Idaho businesses and citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Idaho Rebound Cash Grants for small businesses – More than $75 million was distributed to more than 8,700 Idaho small businesses in cash payments of up to $10,000. The Idaho […]

  • July 30, 2020 - Governor Little applauds U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Idaho’s election sovereignty

    Boise, Idaho – The following is a statement from Governor Brad Little regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Reclaim Idaho must stop collecting signatures for a fall ballot initiative: “I am pleased that the Supreme Court upheld Idaho’s sovereignty over its election and initiative processes. It is important that initiatives follow the laws set […]

  • July 24, 2020 - OPINION: Idaho state budget well positioned to handle ongoing impacts of COVID-19

    By Governor Brad Little Idaho just ended its fiscal year with a surplus nearly three times what was expected before COVID-19. How, in the middle of a global pandemic, did we manage to do that? Through conservative principles of governing. In late March, shortly after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Idaho, I asked […]

  • July 20, 2020 - Gov. Little applauds federal court decision supporting Idaho health insurance option

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little applauded a federal court decision that supports Idaho’s approach for Enhanced Short-term Plans, a healthcare insurance option that provides better protection against preexisting condition exclusions and more robust benefits in areas where traditional short-term plans have fallen short. “Many Idaho families have been priced out of Affordable Care Act […]

  • July 16, 2020 - Gov. Little meets with President Trump, White House officials on regulatory innovation, COVID-19

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little spent today at the White House meeting with President Donald Trump and Trump administration officials on topics that included cutting government red tape to support America’s economic rebound, the availability of COVID-19 testing supplies for Idaho, Mountain Home Air Force Base, and others. The Governor’s schedule included: Regulatory Innovation […]

  • July 13, 2020 - 10,000 Return to Work bonuses sought during first day of opening

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced that more than 10,000 Idaho Return to Work bonuses were sought for employees by nearly 2,000 Idaho businesses today – the first day of the application window opening. “The incredibly strong response from employers in our Return to Work Bonuses indicates businesses absolutely need this incentive in order […]

  • July 13, 2020 - Gov. Little seeks applicants for Economic Advisory Council

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and the Idaho Department of Commerce are seeking applicants for the Economic Advisory Council, the group that outlines goals and objectives that further economic development within the state. Vacancies are open for residents of Region 2 – Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis or Idaho counties – and residents of […]

  • July 9, 2020 - Gov. Little pushes for in-person instruction in Idaho schools this fall

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and education leaders rolled out the new Idaho Back to School Framework today, providing guidance to local officials in their decisions about the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Governor Little emphasized the importance of students returning to school for in-person instruction, and the need for […]

  • June 29, 2020 - OPINION: This Independence Day, let’s unite for a thriving future

    By Governor Brad Little The celebration of Independence Day this year will be unlike any other. Our experience with coronavirus will strip away much of the barbecues and fireworks displays that have traditionally marked Independence Day festivities. I’m saddened about that, but I choose to see an opportunity this year to more deeply reflect on […]

  • June 25, 2020 - Idaho extends Stage 4 as COVID-19 response becomes more localized across state

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Idaho will transition to a regional response to COVID-19, and the state did not meet metrics to move out of the final stage of the Idaho Rebounds plan. “The statewide approach to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 three months ago was the right thing to do. Three […]

  • June 24, 2020 - Gov. Little statement on first confirmed case in prison

    The following statement can be attributed to Governor Brad Little: “On Wednesday afternoon I was informed that an inmate at the Idaho State Correctional Center tested positive for COVID-19. As one of the last states to have a confirmed coronavirus case in our inmate population, the Idaho Department of Correction has had several months to […]

  • June 22, 2020 - Gov. Little cuts more red tape, preserves recent healthcare advances moving forward

    Boise, Idaho – Idaho’s unprecedented advances in telehealth and healthcare access this year will be preserved long after COVID-19 with a new executive order Governor Brad Little signed today. “Our loosening of healthcare rules since March helped to increase the use of telehealth services, made licensing easier, and strengthened the capacity of our healthcare workforce […]

  • June 17, 2020 - Governor Little appoints Don Ebert to Fish and Game Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of Don Ebert as the Clearwater Region representative on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. “I am humbled and honored to be appointed to the Fish and Game Commission by Governor Little,” Ebert said. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve him and the […]

  • June 17, 2020 - New committees to address fall school reopening and the digital divide

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the formation of two new committees to create a plan for reopening public schools this fall and a plan to address the “digital divide,” a term that describes the inequity between students’ access to remote learning across Idaho. The committees will support the Governor’s Office and the […]

  • June 9, 2020 - ONE Idaho initiative highlights resilience and ingenuity of Idahoans

    Show support for a safe, healthy, and open Idaho by taking the ONE Idaho Pledge BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the launch of ONE Idaho, an initiative to highlight the resilience and adaptability of Idaho businesses, employees and consumers as the state moves through stages of reopening and rebounding. “Idaho’s economy will […]

  • June 9, 2020 - Governor Little seeks applicants for Fish and Game Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little is accepting applications for the Salmon Region representative on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Commissioner Jerry Meyers of North Fork currently holds the position. His term is set to expire June 30, 2020. Meyers will continue to serve on the Commission until the position is filled. “I want […]

  • June 9, 2020 - OPINION: Idaho leans on fiscally conservative principles in coronavirus relief decisions

    By Governor Brad Little Idaho was given the chance to once again demonstrate our fiscally conservative values when President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress directed $1.25 billion to all the smaller states including Idaho in federal coronavirus relief dollars. And we answered the call. We are directing much of those funds back to our […]

  • June 5, 2020 - Gov. Little to offer back-to-work cash bonuses

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his plan to offer up to $1,500 cash to Idahoans who return to work. More than 60-percent of Americans who are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic earn more with the enhanced unemployment benefits than their normal wages. The enhanced benefits are set to expire […]

  • June 3, 2020 - Guidance added for outfitting services in Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Guidance for outfitters to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to employees, guests and local communities was added today. Consumer and employee confidence is needed in order for Idaho’s economy to rebound more quickly. Businesses opening their doors in various stages of the Idaho Rebounds plan should have operational plans in place to […]

  • May 28, 2020 - Idahoans reminded to continue safe practices as Idaho enters Stage 3 of reopening

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today Idaho has met the criteria to advance to Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly reopen Idaho’s economy. “We are better off in Idaho than elsewhere not because the problem doesn’t exist here but because we’re doing a good job protecting our families, […]

  • May 28, 2020 - Protocols now available for indoor movie theatres, safe campgrounds

    Boise, Idaho – Protocols are now available for movie theatres to follow in order to open in Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open Idaho’s economy in stages. Governor Little announced today that he moved up the opening of movie theatres two weeks early, from Stage 4 to Stage 3. […]

  • May 27, 2020 - Guidance now available for safe gatherings

    Boise, Idaho – State and local public health experts created a new guidance document to assist with decisions about gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Interim Guidance for Safe Gatherings and Public Events in Idaho document is available at https://rebound.idaho.gov/business-specific-protocols-for-opening/. The document addresses how to plan for safe gatherings in the various stages of the […]

  • May 18, 2020 - Protocols now available for opening bars, outdoor pools, onboarding seasonal workers

    Boise, Idaho – Protocols are now available for bars/breweries/wineries/distilleries and outdoor pools/splashpads/waterparks to open in Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open Idaho’s economy. Protocols for onboarding seasonal or temporary workers were also added. Consumer and employee confidence is needed in order for Idaho’s economy to rebound more quickly. Businesses […]

  • May 18, 2020 - Gov. Little extends cash grants to self-employed

    Boise, Idaho – Self-employed individuals economically impacted by COVID-19 now may be eligible to receive up to $7,500 in cash support through the Idaho Rebound cash grants for small businesses. The Governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee on Friday approved the eligibility expansion to the self-employed. “Idaho made $300 million available in cash support to small […]

  • May 6, 2020 - Protocols now available for indoor gyms, recreational facilities

    Boise, Idaho – Protocols are now available for indoor gym and recreational facilities managers to implement in order to open in stage 2 of the Idaho Rebounds plan. Stage 2 is set to begin May 16 if Idaho is able to meet criteria to advance to the next stage of the four-stage plan to reopen […]

  • May 6, 2020 - Idaho partners with Battelle to decontaminate N95 masks at no cost

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that Battelle will decontaminate N95 masks, strengthening the state’s ability to protect healthcare workers as they treat COVID-19 positive patients across the state. On April 10, Battelle was awarded a contract by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) on behalf of the U.S Department of Health and Human […]

  • May 5, 2020 - General and business-specific protocols for opening available

    Boise, Idaho – General and business-specific protocols for opening in various stages of the four-stage Idaho Rebounds plan have been added to the Rebound.Idaho.Gov website. To date, the following protocols are available. Additional business-specific protocols will be added as they are made available. Stage 1 – General Business Stage 1 – Daycare Stage 1 – […]

  • May 1, 2020 - New emergency grants now available for childcare business owners

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today a new Idaho Child Care Emergency Grant to provide childcare business owners with the financial resources to reopen and continue operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we begin the staged reopening of Idaho and our residents return to their places of work, I want to make sure […]

  • April 24, 2020 - Gov. Little extends emergency declarations, waives more regulations amid COVID-19

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued two new proclamations this week – one extending his previous declarations for a disaster emergency and extreme emergency for the State of Idaho due to COVID-19 and another waiving additional regulations. Extending the disaster emergency and extreme emergency declarations continues the activation of the Idaho Emergency Operations Plan, […]

  • April 23, 2020 - Idaho Rebounds: Gov. Little outlines new plans in path to prosperity

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced new plans today to help Idaho rebound from the economic impacts of coronavirus. “Idaho will be better positioned for a strong economic rebound because of the difficult changes we are making in the short-term,” Governor Little said. “Like everyone, I want our economy back up and running as […]

  • April 14, 2020 - Idaho lenders now processing Paycheck Protection Program applications from small businesses

    Boise, Idaho – Idaho lenders, in partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA), are now accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications. “Idahoans employed by small businesses need to be able to readily step back into the workforce, and the Paycheck Protection Program helps ensure that can happen,” Governor Little said. “The statewide stay-home order is […]

  • April 14, 2020 - Governor Little visits medical supplies stockpile, updates Idaho on PPE levels

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little visited the staging area in Boise this morning where Idaho is accepting and distributing hundreds of thousands of medical supplies provided by private donors, the federal government, and other sources. “Right now, Idaho has enough personal protective equipment for our healthcare workers’ needs, and we are continuing to secure […]

  • April 10, 2020 - OPINION: Easter is a time to focus on faith, family, and fellowship

    By Governor Brad Little For Christians in Idaho and throughout the world, Easter Sunday culminates a Holy Week when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. People of faith naturally call upon God during times of distress, including now as we are experiencing a worldwide pandemic caused by COVID-19. Coronavirus has certainly changed our world […]

  • April 7, 2020 - Governor Little appoints Patrick Malloy as Ada County Commissioner

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Patrick Malloy as Ada County Commissioner. “Patrick’s dedication to the people and prosperity of Ada County makes him an excellent candidate to fill this role,” Governor Little said. Malloy serves as the first vice chair of the Ada County Republicans. Malloy will hold the […]

  • March 30, 2020 - Idaho’s primary election to remain on May 19, will be conducted by mail

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced today there will be no change in Idaho’s primary election date of May 19. The election will be conducted by mail pursuant to the existing laws for absentee voting due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. The move is necessary after […]

  • March 25, 2020 - Governor Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration

    Boise, Idaho – Following the guidance of Idaho’s public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order today for all Idahoans. He also signed an extreme emergency declaration, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps […]

  • March 23, 2020 - Idaho small businesses impacted by coronavirus can now access federal disaster loans

    Boise, Idaho – Following Governor Brad Little’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Friday it is now offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Idaho small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “Small business is the backbone of our economy, and that’s why […]

  • March 19, 2020 - Governor Little issues statement on news of community spread of coronavirus in Blaine County

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement after limited community spread was detected in Blaine County this afternoon. “My office and members of my Coronavirus Working Group are fully engaged with the South Central Public Health District, Blaine County Commissioners, and mayors in that area to ensure a strong response is in […]

  • March 18, 2020 - American Red Cross blood donations needed

    Boise, Idaho – The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage as many blood drives have been cancelled across the country due to coronavirus concerns. Governor Brad Little is calling on Idahoans to make appointments to donate blood as soon as they can. “As a long-time blood donor and supporter of the American […]

  • March 18, 2020 - Idaho wants to hear from small businesses impacted by coronavirus

    Businesses impacted may be eligible for SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan Assistance Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced the State of Idaho is seeking responses from small, non-farm businesses across Idaho whose operations and ability to conduct business have been disrupted by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The information received will determine whether impacted […]

  • March 18, 2020 - Idaho adopts latest federal guidance to prevent coronavirus spread

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that Idaho is adopting the latest guidance from the White House and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to slow the spread of coronavirus. Idaho is currently reporting nine confirmed cases of coronavirus. Counties with confirmed cases include Ada, Blaine, Madison and Teton. Public health […]

  • March 13, 2020 - Governor Little issues statement following first confirmed case of coronavirus in Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement today in response to the first confirmed case of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Idaho. The case was confirmed this afternoon, and more details are included in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare news release below. Governor Little held a news conference with public […]

  • March 6, 2020 - Governor Little and Idaho Legislature advance $2 million in state funds for coronavirus response

    Boise, Idaho – The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved Governor Brad Little’s request today to transfer $2 million to the Governor’s Emergency Fund to help in Idaho’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “While the individual risk for coronavirus in Idaho is still low, the situation is rapidly evolving and we do expect confirmed cases […]

  • March 4, 2020 - Governor’s message on Coronavirus: Idaho is prepared, do your part to prevent spread

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the creation of a new team to assist in Idaho’s preparation for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Little and public health officials in Idaho have been monitoring and preparing for the coronavirus situation since January when the first case in the United States was confirmed. The […]

  • February 20, 2020 - Cascade to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Cascade on February 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Legion Hall, located at 105 E. Mill St. Officials joining Governor Little include: Idaho Department of Labor Director Jani Revier Idaho Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould […]

  • February 19, 2020 - Bill Roden receives Idaho Medal of Achievement

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little awarded the Idaho Medal of Achievement posthumously to legislator and lobbyist Bill Roden. The award was presented to Roden’s family in a private ceremony in the Governor’s Office today. The Idaho Medal of Achievement recognizes Idaho citizens who have demonstrated exceptional, meritorious and inspirational service to the people of […]

  • February 19, 2020 - OPINION: We support students when we support teachers

    When we talk about supporting teachers, we’re really talking about supporting students. The education a person receives during childhood has a meaningful impact on the kind of life they will lead. And an effective teacher is the primary contributor to student achievement in the classroom. The foundation for every child’s success starts in the home. […]

  • February 11, 2020 - Governor Little appoints Keith Reynolds as new Department of Administration director

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced his appointment of Keith Reynolds to serve as director of the Idaho Department of Administration following the departure of Director Bryan Mooney, who left the post this week to work in the private sector. “I appreciate Bryan Mooney for stepping up to lead the Department of Administration and […]

  • February 6, 2020 - Governor Little appoints Javier Gabiola to 6th Judicial District

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of Javier Gabiola as District Judge to the Sixth Judicial District Court. “Gabiola’s extensive experience and knowledge of Idaho’s laws make him an ideal candidate to serve the Sixth Judicial District,” Governor Little said. Gabiola has been a member of the Idaho State Bar since […]

  • February 6, 2020 - Census committee to meet February 13

    Boise, Idaho – The State Complete Count Committee formed by Governor Brad Little last year to assist federal partners in completing the 2020 Census Count will meet February 13 in Boise. The meeting will be held 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. MST in the Idaho Association of Counties Policy Office, located at 700 W. Washington […]

  • January 29, 2020 - Governor Little appoints Tim Remington to District 2 House Seat

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of Pastor Tim Remington of Coeur d’Alene to fill the Idaho House of Representatives seat for Legislative District 2B. Remington currently serves as pastor of The Altar church in Coeur d’Alene. He is the director of Good Samaritan Rehabilitation, a faith-based addiction recovery program. “I’m […]

  • January 27, 2020 - Governor Little seeks applicants for Fish and Game Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little is accepting applications for the Clearwater Region representative on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission following the resignation of Commissioner Bradley Melton Friday. Idaho law requires no more than four commissioners on the seven-member commission to be affiliated with any one political party. Governor Little accepted Melton’s offer of […]

  • January 22, 2020 - Governor Little appoints Terry Kirkham to the Commission of Pardons and Parole

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Terry Kirkham of Idaho Falls to the Commission of Pardons and Parole. “The Parole Commission is a difficult assignment, and I have full confidence that Terry is the best equipped to fill this critical position. His experience and demeanor make him the ideal person […]

  • January 21, 2020 - Parma to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Parma on January 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Anderson Hall, located at 305 E. Bates Ave. Officials joining Governor Little include: Idaho Supreme Court Justice Hon. G. Richard Bevan Idaho Department of Labor Director Jani Revier […]

  • January 16, 2020 - Governor Little signs two executive orders further cutting government red tape

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little was joined by legislators today in signing his first two executive orders of 2020, both aimed at keeping Idaho regulations streamlined, user-friendly, and easy to understand. The new executive orders build on the state’s historic regulatory reduction achievements in 2019, when Idaho cut and simplified 75-percent of regulations in […]

  • January 9, 2020 - Governor Little’s statement on President Trump’s planned NEPA revisions

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement today regarding President Donald Trump’s announcement this morning that he is seeking improvements to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). “I am a strong advocate of healthy lands and waters, and I support President Trump’s plans to update the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The […]

  • December 30, 2019 - Governor Little appoints Patti Perkins as Idaho Department of Finance Director

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of Patti Perkins as Director of the Idaho Department of Finance. Perkins has worked in banking for nearly 30 years, in business and human resources roles. She worked with Bank of America and KeyBank in Boise. Her most recent position at KeyBank was Senior Vice […]

  • December 23, 2019 - Governor Little appoints Lauren Necochea to District 19 House Seat

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Lauren Necochea of Boise to fill the Idaho House of Representatives seat for Legislative District 19. Representative Mat Erpelding vacated the seat earlier this month. Necochea concurrently directs the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy and Idaho Voices for Children. Necochea’s term began Friday, December […]

  • December 17, 2019 - Enhanced Short-term Plans available for Idaho families in 2020

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that Idahoans will have even more affordable health insurance options with the availability of Enhanced Short-term Plans beginning January 1, 2020. Enhanced Short-term Plans are comprehensive health insurance plans with essential benefits that provide an alternative for families needing coverage. The plans are especially helpful to those […]

  • December 16, 2019 - President Trump, Vice President Pence meet with Governor Little on regulatory reform

    Washington, D.C. – Governor Brad Little attended a meeting today with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other governors in the White House to discuss regulatory reform. The Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation Roundtable Discussion was an action-oriented meeting on deregulation and smart regulation. “I appreciate President Trump inviting me to the White […]

  • December 13, 2019 - Final report available from Governor Little’s education task force

    Boise, Idaho – The 2019 final report is now available from Governor Brad Little’s “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future” task force that he formed to strengthen K-12 public education in Idaho. The report and other documents can be found here. Governor Little directed the broad-based task force to look at Idaho’s K-12 public education system holistically […]

  • December 5, 2019 - Governor Little appoints Kurt Liebich to State Board of Education

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Kurt Liebich of Boise to the State Board of Education. “Kurt is enthusiastic about improving opportunities for Idaho’s youth, and he has demonstrated that commitment as a valued member of my ‘Our Kids, Idaho’s Future’ task force to strengthen public education in Idaho,” Governor […]

  • December 4, 2019 - Idaho cuts and simplifies 75 percent of rules in one year, becomes least-regulated state in country

    Trump Administration looks to Idaho on achieving regulatory reform Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined members of the Idaho Legislature in announcing today that Idaho surpassed South Dakota in becoming the least-regulated state in the country by cutting and simplifying 75 percent of regulatory rules in one year. “Idaho’s conservative approach to governing has […]

  • November 22, 2019 - Governor Little accepts Idaho Broadband Task Force recommendations

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho Broadband Task Force that Governor Brad Little assembled earlier this year has completed and submitted its recommendations and full report to improve broadband connectivity for communities and businesses across Idaho. Governor Little signed an executive order in May establishing the task force. He directed the group to develop a plan […]

  • November 21, 2019 - Governor Little sets date for first meeting of his Shared Stewardship Advisory Committee

    Boise, Idaho – The first meeting of Governor Brad Little’s Shared Stewardship Advisory Committee is set for December 3 in Coeur d’Alene. The meeting will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. PDT at the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) office located at 3284 Industrial Loop in Coeur d’Alene. Governor Little will provide introductory remarks […]

  • November 20, 2019 - Idaho continues partnership encouraging students to explore cybersecurity careers

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that Idaho will again partner with the SANS Institute on an initiative to introduce Idaho high school and college students to careers in cybersecurity through the Girls Go CyberStart and Cyber FastTrack initiatives. The partnership aims to identify talented youth across Idaho and inspire the next generation […]

  • November 19, 2019 - Governor Little issues executive order addressing interstate transportation of hemp in Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued an executive order today to resolve conflicts between state and federal law related to the interstate transportation of hemp across Idaho. The executive order serves as a stopgap measure until the Idaho Legislature enacts a more permanent solution. The executive order does not authorize or legalize the production […]

  • November 18, 2019 - Idaho’s First Family to host Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and First Lady Teresa Little invite all to join them on the evening of Monday, December 2, for the annual lighting of Idaho’s Capitol Christmas Tree on the Capitol steps beginning at 5:30 p.m. Brenda Mee and Kevin Mee of Boise radio station 101.9 The Bull will emcee the […]

  • November 15, 2019 - Glenns Ferry to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Glenns Ferry on November 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Opera Theater, located at 148 E. Idaho Ave. Officials joining Governor Little include:  Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra Idaho Supreme Court Justice Richard Bevan […]

  • November 14, 2019 - New program simplifies path for experienced professionals to become certified teachers

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) in Twin Falls will provide a new non-traditional route to educator preparation in Idaho. The Workforce Development Council under the Office of the Governor approved an industry sector grant for $1,114,424 to support CSI in providing an accelerated pathway for emergency hires […]

  • November 1, 2019 - Census committee to meet November 13

    Boise, Idaho – The State Complete Count Committee formed by Governor Brad Little earlier this year to assist federal partners in completing the 2020 Census Count will meet November 13 in Boise. The meeting will be held 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. MST in the House Majority Caucus Room, located on the fourth floor of […]

  • October 29, 2019 - State of Idaho to assist California wildfire efforts

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little approved an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) agreement with California to assist with recovery efforts following wildfires. “Idaho has an amazing depth of emergency management professionals that are willing to step up and help our fellow Americans during their times of need,” Governor Little said. “Their skills and expertise […]

  • October 18, 2019 - Governor Little departs for his first official trade mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little departs tonight for Taiwan and Hong Kong on his first official trade mission as Idaho’s 33rd Governor. First Lady Teresa Little, Idaho Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey, and Idaho State Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould will join the Governor on the nine-day trade mission. Taiwan is Idaho’s […]

  • October 17, 2019 - Governor, House Speaker respond to Judge Winmill’s sage-grouse ruling

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and House Speaker Scott Bedke issued statements today in response to federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill’s ruling striking down Idaho’s Sage Grouse Plan Wednesday, in favor of litigious environmental groups. Governor Little: “I am obviously disappointed with the decision. With the stroke of a pen, the court undercut years […]

  • October 15, 2019 - OPINION: Expanding research and innovation in eastern Idaho benefits the whole state

    By Governor Brad Little As our economy evolves and we position ourselves to remain competitive with 49 other states and countries across the globe, our ability to develop and attract a skilled, educated workforce becomes increasingly important. Idaho’s students and workforce must possess the skills to fill every level of need, from vocational graduates performing […]

  • October 11, 2019 - Governor Little appoints Sherry Maupin as Valley County Commissioner

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Sherry Maupin as Valley County Commissioner. “Sherry’s interest and expertise in issues important to Valley County make her an ideal fit for this important role,” Governor Little said.  “She possesses the leadership skills and knowledge expected of a county commissioner.” Maupin worked 27 years […]

  • October 10, 2019 - OPINION: The future of work in Idaho

    By Governor Brad Little Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, and they will have to adapt to change in their careers more than any other generation before them. In a word, they will have to be agile. Technological advances and the anticipated automation of more jobs down the road mean families, schools, and colleges must push […]

  • October 9, 2019 - Governor Little proposes elimination of 10 regulatory programs in occupational licensing

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced the proposed elimination of 10 outdated regulatory programs in the state’s occupational licensing rules, as part of the implementation of one of his executive orders. “I am deeply committed to reducing regulations and cleaning up outdated laws that only serve to confuse and burden Idaho citizens and businesses,” […]

  • October 7, 2019 - Governor Little appoints James Cawthon to Fourth Judicial District

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of James S. Cawthon, Jr., as District Judge to the Fourth Judicial District Court. “Judge Cawthon’s extensive experience as a magistrate and with specialty courts makes him extremely qualified for this position,” Governor Little said. “The Fourth Judicial District will be well-served by his continued […]

  • October 3, 2019 - Governor Little announces members of Shared Stewardship Advisory Committee

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the members of a broad-based group he created to advise the implementation of Shared Stewardship in Idaho, an initiative that aims to reduce wildfire risk, improve forest health, and support jobs through additional, coordinated active land management projects. “The protection of our rural communities and the health […]

  • September 26, 2019 - Governor Little appoints Shawn Keough to Idaho State Board of Education

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has appointed Shawn Keough to the Idaho State Board of Education. “Improving education in Idaho is my highest priority and a key factor in ensuring Idaho’s children and grandchildren have the best opportunities to stay in Idaho and for the ones who have left to choose to return,” Governor […]

  • September 23, 2019 - Governor’s diplomatic mission to Europe opens doors to new international economic ties

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and First Lady Teresa Little concluded a six-day diplomatic mission Friday to strengthen Idaho’s ties with the Basque Country, the Netherlands, and Ireland. “A strong economy in Idaho depends on positive relationships between our state and international companies that do business here or are looking to expand in Idaho,” […]

  • September 12, 2019 - Rathdrum to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Rathdrum on September 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 13541 W. Highway 53.  Officials joining Governor Little include:  Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra Idaho Department of Labor Director Jani […]

  • September 11, 2019 - Governor, First Lady join European diplomatic mission to promote economic development in Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little, First Lady Teresa Little, and Idaho officials will depart for Europe on Saturday for a six-day diplomatic mission to promote positive economic relations between the State of Idaho and the Basque Country, the Netherlands, and Ireland. Idaho Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey and Idaho State Department of Agriculture […]

  • September 9, 2019 - Governor Little orders flags at half-staff in honor of fallen soldier

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has ordered all U.S. and state flags in Idaho to be flown at half-staff on Saturday, September 14, 2019, in honor of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Dustin B. Ard. Ard, 31, of Idaho Falls, died August 29, 2019, from wounds sustained during combat operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. […]

  • September 5, 2019 - Governor Little makes appointments to Idaho Fish and Game Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has appointed two members to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Derick Atterbury has been reappointed to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission representing the Upper Snake Region. Atterbury is an irrigation company operations manager residing in Idaho Falls. He studied environmental sciences at Idaho State University and University […]

  • September 3, 2019 - Governor Little continues commission for volunteerism

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued his latest executive order today continuing Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. “There are few things in life as rewarding as service to others. Volunteers in our communities, schools, and churches across the state play an important role in making Idaho the place where our […]

  • August 30, 2019 - OPINION: Fight in transgender inmate’s surgery case is a fight for what is right and reasonable

    By Governor Brad Little Activist federal judges overstepped yet again in a case involving an Idaho transgender inmate seeking gender reassignment surgery. If upheld, taxpayers will foot the bill down the road for more lawsuits and medically unnecessary procedures for prisoners. Adree Edmo is a transgender prisoner serving time for sexually abusing a 15-year-old child. […]

  • August 26, 2019 - Governor Little appoints two to Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole

      Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has appointed two new members to the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole. Judge Patricia Young of Boise will fill an opening vacated by Lisa Growette Bostaph. Bostaph resigned from the commission effective Aug. 1. Young is a former Boise County Magistrate Judge. She received her undergraduate degree […]

  • August 21, 2019 - Governor Little’s office hires field directors for state-wide outreach

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has hired two full-time field directors to enhance communication and outreach efforts between the Office of the Governor and Idahoans. Jake Garringer will serve as field director in northern Idaho. Emma Johnson will serve as field director in eastern Idaho. “I created these positions to make my office more […]

  • August 16, 2019 - Governor Little appoints two Bovill City Council members

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little appointed Rex Cromer and Diane Holt to the Bovill City Council. Three of four city council members resigned earlier this year, and Governor Little had to appoint two of the vacancies to establish a quorum of the council. Cromer is a retired logger and has served as a Bovill […]

  • August 15, 2019 - OPINION: Idaho charts path to fight opioid crisis

    By Governor Brad Little Opioid and substance misuse is one of America’s – and Idaho’s – growing problems. It is not a problem that just affects the individuals who feel condemned to addiction, either. Families and communities are affected. State and community resources are going to crime, incarceration and lower quality of life, instead of […]

  • August 13, 2019 - Grace to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Grace on August 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gem Valley Performing Arts Center, located at 704 S. Main Street. Officials joining Governor Little include:  Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra Department of Water Resources Director […]

  • August 6, 2019 - Governor Little to kick off first meeting of opioid advisory group

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little will address his Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Advisory Group at its first meeting on Aug. 15 in Boise. Governor Little established the advisory group by executive order to combat the growing epidemic of opioid and substance misuse in Idaho. The public meeting is scheduled to run 8 a.m. […]

  • July 25, 2019 - Governor Little takes additional steps to simplify, improve rulemaking processes

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little unveiled new steps this week to improve transparency and accountability in Idaho’s administrative rulemaking processes. Governor Little directed the Idaho Office of the Administrative Rules (OAR) Coordinator housed within the Governor’s Division of Financial Management to make four changes that simplify rulemaking for the public: New one-stop shop for […]

  • July 19, 2019 - Idaho pursues further cuts to state regulations

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined House and Senate Majority Leadership in a joint press conference today to announce the state will pursue further cuts to the Idaho Administrative Code this year. Since Governor Little took office in January, his administration worked with the Legislature to cut and simplify 40 percent of Idaho’s administrative […]

  • July 16, 2019 - Grangeville to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Grangeville on July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grangeville Senior Center, located at 108 Grangeville Truck Route. Officials joining Governor Little include:  Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave […]

  • July 11, 2019 - Governor Little accepting applications for two Bovill City Council vacancies

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little is accepting applications through July 19, 2019, for two positions he will appoint on the Bovill City Council. Three of four city council members recently resigned. Governor Little will appoint two of the vacancies to establish a quorum of the council. The appointments will be until the next city […]

  • July 11, 2019 - Governor Little issues statement on passing of Bill Roden

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement today on the passing of former legislator and lobbyist, Bill Roden, who died at his home on July 8, 2019. For nearly 60 years, Bill Roden helped shape the quality of life we enjoy in Idaho. Bill was always generous in giving his advice and […]

  • June 24, 2019 - Governor Little forms committee to assist federal partners in 2020 Census Count

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little proclaimed today “Census Day” in Idaho and announced the creation of a new committee to assist federal partners in completing the 2020 Census Count. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a population count every 10 years. Census results help determine the allocation of federal funds and electoral redistricting, and they […]

  • June 19, 2019 - Governor’s Salmon Workgroup starts work with first meeting June 28

    Boise, Idaho – The first meeting of Governor Brad Little’s Salmon Workgroup will be held June 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Idaho Room at the Idaho State Museum in Boise. The meeting is open to the public, and Governor Little is scheduled to address the group at 8:30 a.m. Governor Little […]

  • June 19, 2019 - OPINION: How Idaho ushered in the largest regulatory cuts in state history

    By Governor Brad Little When I took office as Idaho’s 33rd Governor in January, I was determined to follow through on my promise to reduce regulatory burdens on Idaho citizens and businesses. Six months later, we have cut or simplified 40 percent of Idaho regulations! Idaho’s work is setting an example for other states and […]

  • June 19, 2019 - Idaho administrative rules republished

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho administrative rules identified for reauthorization were published in the Idaho Administrative Bulletin today at https://adminrules.idaho.gov/bulletin/2019/06SE.pdf. Under the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act, all administrative rules automatically sunset on July 1 unless extended by the Idaho Legislature. The Legislature traditionally passes a “going-home” bill that extends all administrative rules until July 1 […]

  • June 19, 2019 - Idaho-based musician receives prestigious national fellowship

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little congratulated Boise-based Basque musician Dan Ansotegui today on becoming one of nine recipients of the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships, the highest honor bestowed on folk and traditional artists in the United States. The National Endowment for the Arts announced the fellowship recipients this morning. The award recognizes the artistic […]

  • June 14, 2019 - American Falls to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in American Falls on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Falls District Library. Officials joining Governor Little include:  Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen Idaho Department of Labor […]

  • June 13, 2019 - Governor Little signs executive order to combat opioid and substance misuse in Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed an executive order today aimed at combatting opioid and substance misuse in Idaho. Opioids, including prescription pain relievers and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and heroin, lead drug-induced deaths in Idaho. Opioid prescriptions are dispensed in Idaho at a higher rate than 34 other states, and Idaho ranks […]

  • June 13, 2019 - Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship recipients announced

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced the recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Cup Scholarships to Idaho colleges and universities. The 44th Governor’s Cup fund-raising drive brought in enough money for 37 new scholarships to award this year. Recipients were chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants by the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship Fund Inc.’s […]

  • June 12, 2019 - Governor announces recipients of the 2019 Idaho Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced the recipients of the 2019 Idaho Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency. The awards acknowledge Idaho companies that exhibit leadership in their communities by implementing energy efficiency measures at their local facilities and buildings. “Improving energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption are the foundation of a secure future […]

  • June 7, 2019 - Governor makes appointments to Third Judicial District, Judicial Council

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced two new appointments today. Governor Little appointed Andrea Courtney to the Third Judicial District bench, serving Canyon County. Courtney has been a Deputy Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division of the Office of Attorney General Lawrence Wasden for more than 10 years. She earned her law degree […]

  • May 31, 2019 - Governor Little seeks applicants for State Board of Education

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little is accepting applications for two openings on the State Board of Education. Don Soltman and Richard Westerberg’s terms are set to expire at the end of June. “I want to thank Don and Richard for their unwavering service and dedication to Idaho’s students. They both leave a legacy and […]

  • May 23, 2019 - Governor Little launches effort to improve Idaho’s broadband infrastructure statewide

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed his latest executive order today, establishing the Idaho Broadband Task Force to improve connectivity and broadband infrastructure across Idaho. “In a data-driven society, connectivity is imperative for a vital economy,” Governor Little said. “Improved broadband infrastructure ensures both urban and rural Idaho will be connected and well-positioned to […]

  • May 16, 2019 - Governor Little appoints two to Sugar City Council

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has appointed Connie Fogle and Sidney Purser to the Sugar City Council. Fogle currently works as a real estate broker. Purser is a former Rigby City Councilmember and Jefferson County Commissioner. Three of four city council members recently resigned. Governor Little appointed two of the vacancies to establish a […]

  • May 16, 2019 - Governor Little’s statement on indictment of prison gang “Aryan Knights”

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice announced today its indictment of ten members of an Idaho prison gang called the “Aryan Knights.” “The indictment of this prison gang is a welcome step for Idaho citizens as well as our correctional officers and prisoners. The indictment […]

  • May 15, 2019 - Governor Little names members of “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future” Task Force for public education

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced the members of his new “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future” Task Force today, establishing the group that will formulate a five-year blueprint for improvement of and investment in Idaho’s K-12 public education system. The task force members include teachers, school administrators, education stakeholders, business leaders, and a bipartisan group […]

  • May 10, 2019 - LINE Commission meets in May

    BOISE, Idaho – The Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission will meet May 16 in Idaho Falls. The commission makes recommendations to the Governor on policies and actions of the State of Idaho to support and enhance the long-term viability and mission of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and other nuclear industries in Idaho. “There […]

  • May 10, 2019 - Governor Little makes appointments to PERSI, Seventh Judicial District Court

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today appointments to Idaho’s Public Employee Retirement System (PERSI) Retirement Board and the Seventh Judicial District Court. Darin DeAngeli will serve on the Retirement Board for PERSI. DeAngeli has worked as an attorney and certified public accountant for more than 25 years. DeAngeli received his Juris Doctor and […]

  • May 3, 2019 - Governor Little issues first pardons of administration

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has issued two pardons in accordance with the unanimous recommendation of the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole. Each of the individuals pardoned paid their debt to society, did not commit any subsequent felonies or misdemeanors and made exemplary contributions to their communities through business, volunteerism, and community leadership […]

  • May 1, 2019 - Governor Little selects Tom Harris to lead Tax Commission

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little appointed Tom Harris of Eagle to serve as the new chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission. Harris retired in 2018 as president of Western States Equipment after 45 years with the company. He led the 850-employee multi-state company in its support and distribution of Caterpillar and related products. […]

  • May 1, 2019 - Governor renews Idaho Medal of Achievement executive order, calls for nominations by August 5

    NOTE: Deadline was extended to October 31, 2019 Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued Executive Order 2019-04 today, renewing the Idaho Medal of Achievement, Idaho’s highest civilian honor. Governor Little also called on Idahoans to submit nominations for recipients of the Idaho Medal of Achievement by August 5, 2019. “The Idaho Medal of Achievement […]

  • April 26, 2019 - State of Idaho moves to intervene in sage grouse lawsuit

    State’s action defends its collaborative plan to save the bird from extinction and preserve multiple use of public lands in Idaho Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little, the State of Idaho, and Idaho Legislature moved to intervene in a federal lawsuit Thursday to defend the federal Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) recently-adopted sage grouse plan […]

  • April 25, 2019 - Governor Little’s executive order seeks to improve regional government services across Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed his latest Executive Order into law today, creating a working group chaired by Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin to identify where Idaho can gain efficiencies and improve customer service at state agency regional offices across the state. “It’s important for citizens across Idaho to access state government services close […]

  • April 24, 2019 - Governor makes appointments to Park and Recreation Board, Endowment Fund Investment Board

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today some of the newest board appointments in his administration. Brian Beckley of Meridian will serve as the District 3 representative on the Idaho Park and Recreation Board. Beckley is the Chief Operations Officer at Biomark, Inc., a company that supplies electronic identification technology to fish, wildlife, and […]

  • April 23, 2019 - Governor Little outlines process to keep administrative rules in effect

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little began laying out his plan today to ensure existing administrative rules remain in effect following the Idaho Legislature’s decision not to reauthorize the rules during the 2019 legislative session. “The efficient operation of state government is a priority of mine, and the people of Idaho expect it,” Governor Little […]

  • April 22, 2019 - Idaho and Oregon sign Hells Canyon Complex agreement

    Boise, Idaho – The States of Idaho and Oregon signed a settlement agreement last week for the Hells Canyon Complex, representing a monumental step toward Idaho Power’s reauthorization to operate three Snake River dams. The agreement represents the culmination of decades-long negotiations between Idaho, Oregon, and Idaho Power. The parties have been working since 2005 […]

  • April 19, 2019 - OPINION: Idaho’s forests need us as much as we need them

    By the State Board of Land Commissioners With 40 percent of Idaho covered in trees, the management of our forests affects us all. All Idahoans benefit from the clean water, abundant wildlife habitat, recreation, and wood and paper products that healthy forests provide, along with many positive economic impacts. Arbor Day is April 26, a […]

  • April 15, 2019 - Emmett to host Governor Little’s first ‘Capital for a Day’ event

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little’s hometown of Emmett will host his first “Capital for a Day” event since becoming Idaho’s 33rd Governor. The event will be held April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Emmett City Hall, located at 501 E. Main Street. Governor Little will be joined by First Lady […]

  • March 25, 2019 - OPINION: Congress must approve Trump’s trade agreement with Canada and Mexico

    By Governor Brad Little Our neighbors to the north and south play an integral part in Idaho’s economy. A trade agreement being considered for approval by Congress would enable Idaho businesses to continue competing in a global market and enhance their customer base in North America. Congress must ratify President Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) […]

  • March 20, 2019 - OPINION: Increase in starting teacher pay helps attract, retain valued educators

    Think back on your favorite teacher. We all have one. Mine was Mrs. Dresser, my second-grade teacher at Butte View Elementary in Emmett. Before Mrs. Dresser, reading felt like a chore to me. She brought joy to reading and set me on a path of learning that benefits me still today. Undoubtedly there are moments […]

  • March 4, 2019 - Governor Little appoints Jeffery Allen to Northwest Power and Conservation Council

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Jeffery Allen to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Allen has been the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Idaho Office Director and Policy Analyst since 2008. He now joins Jim Yost as the second Idaho representative on the Council, which includes Idaho, Montana, Oregon […]

  • March 1, 2019 - Idaho joins partnership encouraging young women to explore careers in cybersecurity

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Little today announced Idaho’s participation in an innovative cybersecurity training partnership with the SANS Institute, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification for professionals in governments and commercial institutions worldwide. The partnership – which is also supported by Idaho National Laboratory and the Idaho STEM Action Center – aims to inspire […]

  • February 25, 2019 - Progress advances on Governor Little’s rule consolidation executive order

    Boise, Idaho – Less than one month after Governor Brad Little implemented the “Red Tape Reduction Act” through Executive Order 2019-02, progress is taking place to simplify and scale back Idaho’s administrative rules. All State of Idaho agencies with authority to issue administrative rules are required by Governor Little’s executive order to identify at least […]

  • February 14, 2019 - Governor Little signs bill expanding access to lifesaving drug for opioid overdose victims

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 12 into law today during a bill signing ceremony to highlight the benefits of a medication called naloxone in saving the lives of people experiencing opioid overdose. He also reminded Idahoans of his forthcoming executive order to address opioid addiction in Idaho. “My administration is fully […]

  • February 13, 2019 - Governor signs House Bill 1 solving Treasure Valley water issues

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 1 into law today, praising House Speaker Scott Bedke for his determination and months of collaborative efforts between diverse water interests in the Treasure Valley to move the policy forward. “House Bill 1 is about Idaho’s most precious resource – our water,” Governor Little said. “House […]

  • February 8, 2019 - Governor appoints Patrick J. Miller to Fourth Judicial District Court

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of Patrick J. Miller as District Judge to the Fourth Judicial District Court. “Pat is an incredible, experienced attorney and community-minded citizen,” Governor Little said. “We will all benefit from his work in the judicial branch. I am grateful for his continued service to the […]

  • February 5, 2019 - Governor announces Board of Correction appointments, opening

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today two appointments and one opening on the three-member Idaho Board of Correction. Governor Little appointed Dodds Hayden to the Board of Correction. Hayden has served as the President of Hayden Beverage Company since 2006. Born and raised in Idaho, Hayden is a graduate of Bowdoin College and […]

  • January 31, 2019 - Governor Little signs two new executive orders reducing regulatory burdens on Idahoans

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little held a press conference today to sign two new executive orders aimed at reducing state regulatory burdens on Idaho citizens and businesses. Executive Order 2019-02, the “Red Tape Reduction Act,” requires state agencies that have authority to issue administrative rules to identify at least two existing rules to be […]

  • January 28, 2019 - Regina Bayer appointed to Idaho Senate

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little appointed Regina Bayer of Meridian to fill the Senate seat for Legislative District 21. Bayer’s son, Cliff Bayer, vacated the seat when he accepted the position of Chief of Staff for Congressman Russ Fulcher earlier this month. Regina Bayer is a small business owner and has more than 30 […]

  • January 21, 2019 - OPINION: Investments in public education benefit us all

    By Governor Brad Little The education of young Idahoans affects all of us. A well-educated and well-trained population improves our overall prosperity as a state. That is why I declared education my number one priority during my first State of the State and Budget Address earlier this month. A strong K-12 public education system is […]

  • January 16, 2019 - LINE Commission meets in January

    BOISE, Idaho – The Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission will meet January 23 in Boise. The commission makes recommendations to the Governor on policies and actions of the State of Idaho to support and enhance the long-term viability and mission of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and other nuclear industries in Idaho. Governor Little […]

  • January 16, 2019 - Governor announces Cabinet positions

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the individuals who will lead the Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole, and Idaho Department of Finance. Marv Hagedorn will continue to serve as administrator of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. Hagedorn has been in the position since August of 2018. […]

  • January 9, 2019 - Idaho appeals ruling in transgender inmate surgery case

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) has appealed a U.S. District Court ruling that orders the State of Idaho to provide gender reassignment surgery to an inmate. On Dec. 13, 2018, Judge B. Lynn Winmill gave IDOC six months to provide gender reassignment surgery for Adree […]

  • January 7, 2019 - Governor Little outlines budget, policy priorities in first State of the State address

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little is following through on his promises to increase teacher pay, make new investments in public education, eventually eliminate the grocery tax, and fully implement Proposition 2 related to Medicaid expansion during his first State of the State and Budget Address. Little also announced the impending creation of a new […]

  • January 4, 2019 - Brad Little publicly sworn in as 33rd Governor of Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho – Governor-elect Brad Little has been publicly sworn in as the 33rd Governor of Idaho. The ceremonial swearing-in on the steps of the Capitol included all of Idaho’s constitutional officers. “I will seek to reflect our shared Idaho values and aspirations,” Little said. “This means making decisions through one lens: of ensuring the […]