Governor gives Idaho State of the State address, kicks off Legislative session
BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Major tax cuts could be ahead as Idaho Gov. Brad Little is unveiling his Building Idaho’s Future plan on Monday, in his State of the State Budget Address.
In his State of the State Budget Address Gov. Brad Little said Idaho is in the enviable position of having a record budget surplus. Which he said was created by fiscal conservatism and the collaboration between the executive and legislative branches.
“Curbing government spending and returning taxpayer dollars should be the perpetual mission of public servants,” Little said.
Little’s “Building Idaho’s Future” plan says it will invest in critical infrastructure projects, and proposes more than $450 million in tax relief. The governor said this would be among the single largest tax cuts in Idaho history.
“I’m proposing $295 million in one-time tax relief and $160 million in permanent tax cuts to boost Idahoans’ prosperity while keeping our tax rates competitive and our business climate vibrant,” Little said.
Throughout his entire address, the governor reiterated his number one priority as Idaho’s children. In his plan, a $30 million investment is proposed for education $20 million of which will go to a summer reading program.
“We must ensure this school year is an anomaly – not a permanent system-wide flaw for Idaho’s students in the next decade or more,” Little said.
The plan also makes $60 million in strategic investments in long-term water projects and safe water systems for our communities. The Governor also praised farmers for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Farmers gave Idahoans faith that empty grocery store shelves were just a matter of timing and not an issue of true scarcity,” Little said.
To help in the ongoing pandemic response, the governor is also recommending funds to increase nursing capacity and also to address the shortage of physicians across Idaho.
“I want to thank the people of Idaho for their perseverance and the care they have shown others over the past ten months,” Little said.
A briefing on the governor’s proposed fiscal year 2022 budget was provided earlier in the day. On Tuesday, the Joint Finance-Appropriations committee is scheduled to meet to discuss the fiscal year 2022 budget recommendations.
Read Little’s previous State of the State addresses here.
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