Brad Little on Budget & Economy



We put $1 billion to improve water quality and quantity

Speaking of infrastructure, we put $1 billion to improve water quality and quantity in recent years, and our IDAHO WORKS plan also calls for the continued expansion of water infrastructure so we can ensure a stable water supply during both the good water years and the bad ones.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature , Jan 8, 2024

Working for a Balance Budget Amendment to U.S. Constitution

I am signing on as a member of the Governors Debt Council for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The runaway freight train of federal spending has got to stop. It's not right. It's not what the founders envisioned for our great country. The U.S. Constitution gives the states the power to propose a Balanced Budget Amendment, and in the coming weeks I will announce new steps we'll take to force Congress to live within the people's means.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature , Jan 8, 2024

Investing in local infrastructure IS property tax relief

Let us work on better ways to facilitate growth paying for growth and give local governments the tools they need to keep taxes low. The fact is, investing in local infrastructure IS property tax relief. Over the past two years, we made the biggest investments ever in our most precious resource--water. When we invested in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, we saved Idaho citizens the local taxes or fees they would otherwise pay to cover those improvements.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature , Jan 9, 2023

$126 million for highways; $80 million for transportation

My plan invests $126 million in state and local highway infrastructure projects and makes targeted investments in safe routes to schools, rail infrastructure, and community airports. I am also proposing $80 million dollars in new ongoing transportation funding. A dependable transportation system is fundamental to commerce. In Idaho, we grow and process most of our commodities, and getting those products down the road in a timely fashion is critical.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature , Jan 11, 2021

Look for too much spending on autopilot

As we review our state budget-we must ask key questions: Is there too much spending on autopilot? Are we putting off maintenance that will cost our children more tomorrow? Do we have adequate rainy-day funds? How do we structure the surplus eliminator?

These measures and my proposed budget ensure we avoid the short-term fiscal mistakes that other states and the federal government continue to make.

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

Come out Great Recession with budget balanced

As a native Idahoan, 3rd generation rancher and businessman, Lt. Gov. Little knows more about Washington County than Washington DC. Brad and his wife have a deep respect for the traditions and values that help define us as Idahoans. Now Brad wants to work for you as Idaho's next Governor.

Idaho came out of the Great Recession with our budget balanced, our priorities straight and our people poised to lead the nation in job growth and economic opportunity. We've done well but we can do even better.

Source: 2018 Gubernatorial campaign website BradLittleForIdaho.com , Jan 17, 2017

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KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
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vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

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MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
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vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
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vs. Ryan Busse (D)
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Dale Folwell (R)
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vs. Mark Robinson (R)
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ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
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NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
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UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
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VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
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vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
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vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
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