Guest Opinions

Brad Little: Idaho — growing fast — needs challenged and guided on its path forward

The Idaho Statesman asked the candidates in major statewide races to submit guest opinions explaining their stances and why they should earn your vote. Their columns have run throughout this week. Read opponent Paulette Jordan’s guest opinion here.

Idaho’s incredible natural assets, world-class recreation, rich history and hard-working people are some of the reasons Idaho is the fastest-growing state, with increasing job opportunities and rising wages.

I am an Emmett native, and Teresa was raised in Weiser. Our two sons grew up near my childhood home, and our family continues to manage our cattle ranch. Teresa, our sons, their wives and I all went to Idaho schools, and we hope our five grandchildren, who are seventh-generation Idahoans, continue that proud tradition.

As governor, I will challenge the comfort of our state’s preconceived notions, predetermined outcomes and our institutional perceptions about Idaho’s path forward.

I will grow our economy that will keep our children here. It has become all-too common for our youngest generations to be raised and educated here but move away for job opportunities. We need to create a new generation of qualified and well-educated young people who are ready to compete in the workforce to make Idaho stronger.

We must address the rising cost of health care and lower its financial burden on Idaho families. The best solution on health care must be an Idaho solution that tackles skyrocketing health care costs. There is no one answer. However, Idaho is taking the lead on addressing the thousands who have been priced out of affordable insurance.

We must invest taxpayer dollars wisely, carefully and sustainably. Our state government must be nimble, flexible and responsive. It means leveraging our ability to move at the speed of business while remaining on the cutting edge of public policy.

I will lead a state government that enables the free market to bring jobs and prosperity to our state, eliminating burdensome taxes and regulations that stifle economic and job growth.

We must continue to reduce the income tax burden and eliminate the sales tax on groceries. I will keep investing in priorities like education, while ensuring Idahoans keep more of their hard-earned money.

To tackle challenges on issues like education, infrastructure and cybersecurity, we must step up our efforts to build a more skilled workforce, reward innovation in achieving our goals and hold government accountable.

Like you, Teresa and I are motivated by the best reasons — our children and grandchildren. We want them to have every opportunity right here in Idaho. With your help, we will do better.

Republican Brad Little, the state’s current lieutenant governor, is running for Idaho governor.
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