Idaho Lawmaker reacts to governor’s comments

“I’m hopeful in the future that the governor can cooperate with us instead of going on television.”
Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 2:31 PM MST
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A power struggle between Idaho lawmakers and Gov. Brad Little continues Friday, as the governor is stating the Idaho legislature’s actions will threaten vaccine rollout and Idaho’s prosperity.

In a press conference Friday afternoon the governor said, “We are so close to returning to normal. But all that success is threatened by the actions taking place in the legislature right now.”

The governor claims some in the Idaho legislature is seeking to end Idaho’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. He said they are perpetuating the myth that the emergency declaration somehow shuts down Idaho or takes away Idahoan’s rights.

“Some members of the Idaho Legislature are seeking political gain by perpetuating misinformation about emergency declarations,” Little said. “They are playing politics, and unfortunately, the loser in this shameful game will be you – the citizens of Idaho.”

Less vaccine. More taxes. More red tape. That's what you can expect if the Idaho Legislature ends the COVID-19 emergency...

Posted by Governor Brad Little on Friday, January 22, 2021

In contrast, the governor stated the COVID-19 emergency declaration was requested by Idaho communities and has allowed Idaho to receive federal assistance and quickly cut red tape and increase health care access.

Putting you first, KMVT promptly got a reaction from Idaho House Republicans after the governor’s statements. The majority caucus chair Rep. Megan Blanksma says she was “disappointed” and they would have rather looked at the governor as a partner and not an adversary.

“What we are looking for is to find solutions for our constituents that have been emailing us, calling us and stopping us in the grocery store for the last six to eight months,” Blanksma said. “So in the process of finding those solutions sometimes we find speed bumps and we might not find the right solution at first but we continue to work, but that is where I’m hopeful in the future that the governor can cooperate with us instead of going on television.”

Members of the House Republican Caucus said they will continue to work to address the concerns of the Idaho families. They said the inflammatory comments from the governor’s office does nothing but complicate the process.

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