State of Idaho Archives: on Government Reform


Brad Little: Idaho now the least-regulated state in the nation

Just last month, I was joined by many of you in announcing Idaho surpassed South Dakota, and we are now the least-regulated state in the nation. Together, we cut and simplified 75% of all regulations in less than a year. How did we achieve the largest regulatory cuts in Idaho history?

I issued two executive orders aimed at scaling back and streamlining Idaho's administrative code. And the Legislature made it possible for us to examine the entirety of our administrative code in one sweeping step.

Source: 2020 Idaho State of the State address Jan 6, 2020

Brad Little: Budget reset for all state entities except public education

Idaho has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. But nationally and internationally, the pace of economic growth is expected to slow. Last fall, I asked all state entities that receive General Funds to undergo a spending reset--except my highest priority area, public education.

The time to prepare for a potential downturn is now, when times are good. The spending reset also forces a closer examination of spending. We cannot lose our focus on the taxpayer.

Source: 2020 Idaho State of the State address Jan 6, 2020

Brad Little: Revoke two regulations for every new regulation implemented

Late last year, I finalized a report that outlined the scope of occupational licensing in Idaho and provided key recommendations. My first executive order as Governor will put in place two of those recommendations: sunrise and sunset processes for future occupational licensing laws.

To reduce overall regulatory burdens on our citizens and businesses, I will issue another executive order requiring state agencies to revoke two regulations for every new regulation they want to implement. This commitment to cutting red tape will ensure we are governing with the lightest possible hand.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Idaho legislature Jan 7, 2019

Tommy Ahlquist: Term limits & campaign disclosure for statewide officials

Responsive, citizen-based leadership is critical to a strong Idaho. When professional politicians spend too much time in office, they lose touch with the realities of what Idaho families and businesses face, and as a result, put the needs of the special interests in front of the needs of the taxpayer. Limiting executive statewide elected officials to 8 years (two 4-year terms) will help ensure that Idaho has the future we all deserve.

Idaho is one of only 2 states that has no disclosure requirements for elected officials. This reform would require elected officials to disclose their sources of personal income. This is the most basic transparency measure that helps avoid conflicts of interest among elected officials. This reform would require elected officials in Idaho to disclose the employer and job title for themselves and their spouse, any source of income of more than $5,000. Disclosing this information will fill a gaping hole that has persisted in Idaho's ethics laws for far too long.

Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial campaign website TommyForIdaho.com Mar 21, 2018

Paulette Jordan: She'll fight to stop corporate money silencing honest votes

Idahoans are tired of the imbalanced and unproductive political system they've endured for the past several decades. We're tired of corporate money smothering our honest, democratic votes. Idahoans value the strength of our communities and the vitality of our land. We're fiercely independent and we find power and dignity in our self-reliance, compassion and fundamental fairness. This is the spirit of Idaho. I have built my life around these values.
Source: Democracy For America 2018 Idaho Governor race Endorsements Mar 15, 2018

Tommy Ahlquist: End excessive and burdensome regulation like EPA's

Tommy will fight to rein in the EPA, stop ObamaCare and eliminate burdensome regulations. Obama failed to understand that the proper role of government is to be limited and local. They stifled growth, and they discouraged innovation. They regulated businesses out of business. Tommy will fight to limit government, get rid of excessive and overreaching regulations and reform our tax code to spur job creation.
Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial website TommyForIdaho.com Aug 8, 2017

Jerry Sturgill: Sick of career politicians staying in office forever

Sturgill presents himself as a political outsider, unlike Crapo. "I'm sick of career politicians staying in office forever," Sturgill said.

Sturgill has worked for years in the financial services industry, specializing in overseeing mergers and acquisitions involving small-and medium-sized companies. He has also served as the CEO of a regional armored transportation company. Before going into business, Sturgill worked as a raft guide on some of Idaho's most famous waters.

Source: Post-Register coverage of 2016 Idaho Senate race Jul 1, 2016

Jim Risch: Gridlock results from two very different party philosophies

Asked how to end the gridlock in Washington, D.C., Mitchell said, "The way we get beyond it is by electing different types of people to go back to Washington. The seniority system in the Senate might be part of the problem, because we here in Idaho did not elect Mitch McConnell, nor did we elect Harry Reid."

Risch countered, "The gridlock in Washington, D.C. is caused by the two very different philosophies of the parties and the people who are elected to the United States Senate. They reflect a very different view of what America is and should be. That is what has caused the gridlock today. When you stand up and start talking about spending less in Washington, D.C., they look at you like you've got three heads."

Source: Spokesman-Review on 2014 Idaho Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

Nels Mitchell: OpEd: Pledging just one six-year term means he's "lame duck"

Mitchell said, "I'm running for Senate to replace a career politician with someone who will demonstrate Idaho values of honesty, responsibility and hard work."

Mitchell has pledged if elected to serve just one six-year term, while Risch says he'd like to serve for "a long, long time" in the Senate. Mitchell was asked in the debate why he'd volunteer to start right out as a "lame duck."

"Six years is a long time," he responded. "You can accomplish a lot," he said, particularly if there's no need to focus on fundraising or the next election.

Risch said, "Everything in the U.S. Senate is based on seniority. I'm very fortunate to have gotten there when I did," saying his seniority in the 100-member Senate already is nearing "the low 60s or actually into the 50s now."

Source: Spokesman-Review on 2014 Idaho Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

Nels Mitchell: No junkets; no gridlock; promises one term only

Noting that Risch has held public office for almost 40 years, Mitchell said the Founding Fathers never envisioned career politicians running Washington.

"They conceived of a Senate in which citizen legislators would step forward to serve their country for a limited time before returning to their private lives." Mitchell said. "For that reason, I will run for one term and one term only."

"I am not a politician. I have had a successful career, and it is now my turn to step up," Mitchell said. "Six years is a long time. During that time, I will work as hard as I possibly can to represent Idaho and its people. I will be beholden to nobody but the people of Idaho."

Mitchell said the gridlock in Washington can be addressed. "I do not believe, as Sen. Risch does, that it's impossible to accomplish anything in the Senate," he said. "If that's the case, why do we pay him? I commit to you that I won't make excuses and I won't take junkets. No excuses, no junkets, period."

Source: 2014 Idaho Senate campaign website, NelsMitchellForIdaho.com Jan 14, 2014

Tom Sullivan: Keep limits on political donations; restrict corporations

Q: Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the line item veto?

A: Yes.

Source: Idaho Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Butch Otter: Require photo ID to vote

Legislative Summary: H 496: Requiring Photo Identification to Vote: All voters shall be required to provide personal identification before voting at the polls or at absent electors polling places.
    The personal identification that may be presented shall be one of the following:
  1. An Idaho driver's license;
  2. A passport or photo ID issued by an agency of the US government or tribal government;
  3. A current student photo ID card, issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education,
If a voter is not able to present personal identification, the voter may complete an affidavit in lieu of the personal identification. The voter shall sign the affidavit. Any person who knowingly provides false, erroneous or inaccurate information on such affidavit shall be guilty of a felony.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 27-6-2 on March 24; passed House 64-6-0 on March 1; signed by Gov. Otter on April 8.

Source: Idaho legislative voting records: H 496 Apr 8, 2010

Raul Labrador: Require photo ID to vote

Legislative Summary: H 496: Requiring Photo Identification to Vote: All voters shall be required to provide personal identification before voting at the polls or at absent electors polling places.
    The personal identification that may be presented shall be one of the following:
  1. An Idaho driver's license;
  2. A passport or photo ID issued by an agency of the US government or tribal government;
  3. A current student photo ID card, issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education,
If a voter is not able to present personal identification, the voter may complete an affidavit in lieu of the personal identification. The voter shall sign the affidavit. Any person who knowingly provides false, erroneous or inaccurate information on such affidavit shall be guilty of a felony.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 27-6-2 on March 24; passed House 64-6-0 on March 1; Rep. Raul Labrador voted YEA; signed by Gov. Otter on April 8.

Source: Idaho legislative voting records: H 496 Apr 8, 2010

Russ Fulcher: Require photo ID to vote

Legislative Summary: H 496: Requiring Photo Identification to Vote: All voters shall be required to provide personal identification before voting at the polls or at absent electors polling places.
    The personal identification that may be presented shall be one of the following:
  1. An Idaho driver's license;
  2. A passport or photo ID issued by an agency of the US government or tribal government;
  3. A current student photo ID card, issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education,
If a voter is not able to present personal identification, the voter may complete an affidavit in lieu of the personal identification. The voter shall sign the affidavit. Any person who knowingly provides false, erroneous or inaccurate information on such affidavit shall be guilty of a felony.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 27-6-2 on March 24; Sen. Russ Fulcher voted YEA; passed House 64-6-0 on March 1; signed by Gov. Otter on April 8.

Source: Idaho legislative voting records: H 496 Apr 8, 2010

Brad Little: Term limits for governor but not state reps

Q: Do you support limiting the number of terms for Idaho governors?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support limiting the number of terms for Idaho state senators and representatives?

A: No.

Q: Do you support limiting contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Idaho are closed?

A: Undecided.

Source: 2004 Idaho Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

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