“Operation Open Roads” – Governors cut red tape, address workforce shortage ahead of holidays

Tuesday November 23, 2021

Boise, Idaho – With an American supply chain in crisis under the Biden Administration, Governor Brad Little signed on to “Operation Open Roads,” a commitment from America’s governors to cut red tape and address the workforce shortage to ensure everyday goods are available to Idahoans for the holiday season.

Since Governor Little took office close to three years ago, 30-percent of total restrictions and 38 rule chapters have been eliminated from the Idaho Transportation Department rules.

“We’ve already cut red tape to enable faster, freer flow of commerce in Idaho, and I am calling on state agencies within my administration today to identify additional specific actions we can take to ensure Idahoans have what they need for the holidays. Governors across America are working to address the supply chain crisis since the President won’t,” Governor Little said.

The Governors are calling on President Biden to suspend the burdensome federal mandate for COVID-19 vaccines for all private employees, specifically for the trucking and transportation industry so that driver shortages are not further exacerbated by an additional barrier to employment.

Highlights from the “Operation Open Roads” policy statement include: 

  • Rather than unleashing the economy, President Biden dramatically increased regulations and rulemaking authority that prevent private sector growth.
  • The President mandated vaccines on private businesses, putting more jobs in jeopardy as we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • We have a shortage of 80,000 truck drivers, an all-time high for the trucking industry.
  • With more paychecks at risk, American families are forced to pay more for food, gas, and everyday goods as inflation surges to a 30-year high under President Biden’s watch.
  • If we can get government out of the way, our trucking industry can safely do what it does best: move. Our state economies are on the rise, and Operation Open Roads will help reinforce America’s economic comeback.

The governors of Florida, Texas, Montana, Arizona, North Dakota, Tennessee, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina also joined the pledge.

Read the full "Operation Open Roads" policy statement here.

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