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Would these economic ideas help your family? What the GOP’s Little proposes for Idaho

Idaho GOP gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Brad Little on health care.

Little discusses how he will reduce health care costs for Idahoans.
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Little discusses how he will reduce health care costs for Idahoans.

Idaho GOP gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday announced the first of three phases of his campaign plan.

Little outlined three components focusing on jobs and the economy:

▪  Keep our children in Idaho: Create first-time homebuyer pre-tax savings accounts for young families; increase rural and urban student/worker access to workforce training.

▪  Give businesses the freedom to grow the economy: Maintain “lightest possible hand of government”; require state agencies to review every regulation and submit “competitiveness impact statements”; enact Licensing Freedom Act.

▪  Lower cost of health care: Reactivate high-risk pool; enhance state-based health care exchange; build incentives for health savings accounts.

“As we well know here in Idaho, we didn’t take the federal exchange,” Little told the audience during a news conference outside Simplot Co.’s new headquarters in Downtown Boise.

“We’ve always been a place where we try to address our health problems ourselves. We don’t look for federal solutions. If they will tell us what the rules are, we’ll continue to modify that. We have one of the most affordable health care exchanges.”

Little will present details on Phases 2 and 3, taxes and education, in the coming weeks.

Born in Emmett, Little served in the Idaho Legislature from 2001 until January 2009, when Gov. Butch Otter appointed him lieutenant governor. He was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell

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