BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has ordered a 1% cut in state agency spending because of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus.
The Republican governor said the 1% cutback doesn't apply to health care workers.
He also on Friday directed the Idaho Department of Labor to make it easier for people who have lost their jobs to file unemployment claims.
He also ordered a $40 million transfer into emergency funds to fight the virus.
More than 13,300 people filed unemployment claims last week, a 1,200% increase over the previous week, and the largest the state agency said it has ever recorded.