Gov. Brad Little spent much of Monday’s State of the State Address shifting the narrative away from a pandemic that has defined the past 10 months of his term.
Little calls for restoring career ladder by investing $44.9 million in teacher pay, including salaries for veteran educators.
Gov. Brad Little accepted a proposal to allow two spectators per athlete at high school events — with the warning he could revoke the rule if the state sees “widespread non-compliance.”
“We’re trying to stop the spread, we’re not trying to put anybody out of business,” Little said.
Little also moved Idaho back to Stage 2 of the state’s reopening plan, but did not make any changes for schools.
A majority of callers asked for stricter COVID restrictions, but two thanked Little for not requiring masks.
Gov. Brad Little put a few coronavirus restrictions back in place Monday, drawing fire from across the political spectrum. This public relations clunker could signal some lingering political problems.
The order won’t change operations at schools, where local officials still hold the power to make decisions.
The rising number of coronavirus cases in K-12 are a concern, but the rates vary widely, Gov. Brad Little said Thursday. “It’s almost a building-by-building issue.”
Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin previously questioned whether the spending was consistent with federal guidelines.