Little issues statement on Trump’s NEPA revisions. Gov. Brad Little issued the following statement regarding Pres. Donald Trump’s announcement this morning that he is seeking improvements to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

“I am a strong advocate of healthy lands and waters, and I support President Trump's plans to update the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The complexity of NEPA has created land management barriers and a burdensome backlog of needed projects in Idaho. Proposed improvements to the law would uphold essential environmental safeguards and public participation while saving taxpayer dollars by reducing the time and cost of NEPA compliance for routine agency projects. The result will be more efficient highway and construction projects, reduced fire risk, and jobs from increased on-the-ground activities that improve the health of our lands. We cannot delay any longer in modernizing NEPA.”

Additional Information

  • Note of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM): Update to the regulations implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (NPRM here)
  • White House fact sheet and press release: Proposal to modernize NEPA implementing regulations (more here)
  • More information from White House on NEPA Modernization (here) 

On Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 - 10:30 amthe Women’s March is coming back to downtown Boise, outside the Idaho State Capitol. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women's constitutional right to vote. Idaho was the fourth state in the union to recognize the value of gender equality by allowing women to cast ballots. 

This year’s theme is, “Demonstrating the power of Idaho women in our democracy.” As recently acknowledged on the front page of the Idaho Statesman, we have seen the powerful impact the people of Idaho can have when we gather together, lift up our voices, and advocate for change. 

The 2020 Idaho’s Women’s March is supported by the City of Boise and a nonpartisan coalition of local and national nonprofit organizations and leaders from around the state. Influential female leaders have been invited to speak about equality, tolerance and the empowerment of women. 

Paulette Jordan, Idaho’s first woman to be nominated for governor, will serve as master of ceremonies. Music will be provided by young women from the Boise Rock School. 

“The engagement of women in our government and our community is critically important, and so is our engagement in this event,” said Paulette Jordan. “We are looking for more women to come together to celebrate, volunteer and contribute.” Anyone who is interested in becoming involved can go to womensmarchidaho.org to volunteer, contribute or RSVP to the event.

Idaho Economic Advisory Council Announces January Meeting. The Idaho Economic Advisory Council will meet Thursday, January 16 at 8:30 a.m. MST to review a Tax Reimbursement Incentive application and discuss Community Development Block Grant updates. The meeting will be held at the Department of Commerce in the J.R. Williams Building Sawtooth Conference Room on the Second Floor (700 W. State Street, Boise).

The TRI application review will be held in Executive Session due to the proprietary company information discussed, pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1)(d) to review records exempt from public disclosure under Idaho Code Sections 74-107(1), 74-107(6), and/or 67-4708. Upon approval by the EAC, the TRI awards would be announced in coordination with the company’s announcement timeline. View the full agenda here.

The Idaho Economic Advisory Council advises the Governor and Idaho Commerce on goals and objectives that further economic development within the state. The council makes recommendations to the Governor on applications for block grant funding and reviews industrial revenue bond allocations. Additionally, council members advise their regions on economic development opportunities and represent their interests to state government. For the full list of the Idaho Commerce Economic Advisory Council members, click here. To learn more about Community Development Block Grant funding, click here. To learn more about the Idaho Tax Reimbursement Incentive, click here.

‘I Voted’ Sticker Design Winner Announced. An Idaho high school student was announced as the winner of the “I Voted” Sticker Contest commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage on Wednesday. Samantha Robson, a junior at Kuna High School in Kuna, Idaho was recognized for her winning design at the Idaho Association of County Recorders and Clerks (IACRC) Elections Conference in Boise, Idaho. At the event, Robson was honored with a signed Governor’s proclamation presented by First Lady Teresa Little.

“This started as a class project for me but it turned out to be a really exciting part of my year. Although it was pretty stressful at first, I am very grateful for the opportunity to put my work out there,” said Robson. Robson enjoys playing soccer, drawing and animals and doing volunteer work. She hopes to go into the creative field after high school.

The contest for the design of an “I Voted” sticker to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in 2020 was sponsored by IACRC and Idaho Women 100. The contest received over 100 entries from across the state of Idaho. Robson’s winning design will be featured on a commemorative sticker to be given to voters throughout the State of Idaho for all elections in 2020, including the Presidential Preference Primary in March, the May Primary Election, the November Presidential Election and any consolidated elections.

“We congratulate Samantha Robson on her winning design. We are grateful to everyone who participated in the contest who used their creativity to celebrate this important anniversary,” said Phil McGrane, Ada County Clerk.

The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was ratified on August 18, 1920.  Idaho was the fourth state to allow women the right to vote in 1896, prior to the adoption of the 19th amendment. Today, women make up a majority of the electorate in Idaho.

The Idaho Association of County Recorders and Clerks, an affiliate of the Idaho Association of Counties, is made up of elected county clerks in the state of Idaho. The Idaho Women 100 campaign is a celebration and commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. With its partners, the campaign works to advance women’s leadership and civic engagement throughout the state. For more information, visit IdahoWomen100.com.

Gov. Little’s schedule this week

MONDAY, January 13, 2020

Governor Little deliver remarks during the National Alliance on Mental Illness Impact Award Presentation in the 1st Floor Rotunda of the Capitol at 4 p.m.

TUESDAY, January 14, 2020

Governor Little will host a media event to promote the new partnership between the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline and 2-1-1 in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at 1:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, January 15, 2020

Governor Little will speak during the 5th annual STEM Matters! at the Capitol event in the 4th floor Rotunda at 12 p.m.

Governor Little will address the participants of Leadership Boise in the Lincoln Auditorium in the Capitol at 1:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, January 16, 2020

Governor Little will hold a press conference regarding Zero-Based Rulemaking in the Governor’s Ceremony Office at 11 a.m.