Brad Little in 2022 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Crime: Idaho is a state that openly values its police officers

My Leading Idaho plan also makes other key investments to support law enforcement, our veterans, our valued members of the Idaho National Guard, and safe and secure elections.

I want to add more than $60 million to address needs within the Idaho State Police. Idaho is a state that openly values its police officers. While others seek to "defund the police," Idaho DEFENDS the police. Idaho truly is a state that "backs the blue."

Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 10, 2022

On Education: Add $47 million in ongoing funding to literacy programs

It all starts with literacy. Today, I propose adding $47 million in ongoing funding to literacy programs--to build on the reading success that parents instill at home. Local school districts across Idaho, with input from families, will decide how best to deploy the resources. Literacy has been my top priority because it just makes sense. Our investments in education later on will have more impact if we can work with families to get more students to read proficiently early on.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 10, 2022

On Education: Empowering Parents grants let families control education

Last year, we served 18,000 Idaho families and 46,000 students with grants to help cover educational needs outside the classroom. And now, to build on our success, I am proposing $50 million for the new Empowering Parents grants. The grants will cover things such as computers, tutoring, internet connectivity and other needs so students have the best chance for success. The Empowering Parents grants put families in control of their child's education, as it should be.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 10, 2022

On Education: Double scholarships for members of Idaho National Guard

I want to invest in the soldiers and airmen of the Idaho National Guard. My plan doubles our investment in scholarships for Guardsmen, which boosts our efforts to get more Idahoans to sign up for the Guard. Military service has always been one of the most honorable ways for a person to serve their community, state, and country. We are so grateful to our Guardsmen and all military service members and veterans for all they have done and continue to do to promote freedom and peace in our country.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 10, 2022

On Government Reform: We have cut or simplified 95% of Idaho regulations

While D.C. continues to crank out onerous new regulations, we took an axe to Idaho's regulations for three straight years, and we continue to widen our lead as the least regulated state in the nation. In fact, since I took office three years ago, we have cut or simplified 95% of Idaho regulations. And now, through our Zero-Based Regulation initiative, this year we aim to cut or simplify another 20% of what remains, removing rocks from the shoes of small businesses.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 10, 2022

On Government Reform: Proactive integrity audits to enhance election transparency

I am proposing $12 million to establish the new Cyber Response and Defense Fund to ensure the state is prepared to respond to any cyber-attack from bad actors in China, Russia, or elsewhere.

I'm also pushing for proactive integrity audits to enhance transparency and confidence in our elections here in Idaho. We must make election integrity a priority, to give our citizens confidence that their vote matters.

Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 10, 2022

On Health Care: $50 million to improve behavioral healthcare across Idaho

Protecting Idahoans of all ages from the afflictions of mental illness and addiction led to the creation of the three-branch Behavioral Health Council in 2020. Behavioral health issues affect Idaho's corrections system, judicial system, hospitals, local communities, and schools. Today, I am proposing we accelerate the implementation of the Behavioral Health Council's recommendations by investing $50 million to improve behavioral healthcare across Idaho.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 10, 2022

On Tax Reform: Already cut $1 billion in taxes, relief for Bidenflation

Together, we have given back nearly $1 billion to Idahoans through income tax relief, property tax relief, and relief from unemployment taxes on Idaho businesses. And today, I am proposing we double down on our efforts. I propose we return more than $1 billion in income tax relief to Idaho taxpayers over the next five years! With Bidenflation exploding, let's immediately pass $600 million in income tax relief that we can get back into the wallets of all Idahoans this spring!
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature Jan 10, 2022

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