In a bad week, Idaho Gov. Brad Little receives good news
I’m never supposed to say anything nice about Governor Brad Little. Republicans who don’t like him claim he’s wrong 100% of the time, 100% of the time. When I highlight an accomplishment, I’m always amazed at how its critics try to do it differently. They call her China Brad. Because he worked to sell potatoes, beets and barley to the Communist giant. Never mind, 49 other governors are also trying to get a share of the Chinese market.
A loophole allowed Little to pull out his ax and start cutting.
On the issue of deregulation, Little is head and shoulders above his peers. Even President Trump praised our governor’s efforts. He invited Little to the White House and our guy was able to join a cabinet meeting. Trump backed Janice McGeachin, but the former president and governor agreed to cut red tape.
This all happened because a few years ago lawmakers closed session and did not address state regulations. A loophole allowed Little to pull out his ax and start cutting.
George Mason University lists Idaho as the least regulated state in the country. You can find more details in click here.
The governor points out that state regulations continue to decline, while some neighboring states cannot do enough to cripple business and industry. It’s a good thing for Idaho. A guy looking to start a business in Pullman should think twice and consider crossing the state border (among a myriad of reasons people consider when they leave Washington state!)
An industry lobbyist once told me the main questions businesses have when considering a relocation hub on energy costs and regulations.
You can tell me that McGeachin / Bundy / Humphreys would do the same or more. I call it a prognosis. You are looking into a crystal ball. What we do know is that Little cut the chain and the chain around the ankles of most state economies.
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