Gov. Brad Little

Little touts ‘incredible progress’ rolling out vaccine and fighting COVID pandemic

The state may soon clear additional residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but no date has been announced yet.

Legislative roundup, 2.2.21: Senate puts virtual charter funding bill on hold

The hurry-up proposal is designed to provide $7.6 million to two virtual charter schools that have grown rapidly during the pandemic. It sailed through the House last week.

State Board hosts summit on supporting student mental health

Students and state leaders said they need access to more counselors, and collaboration between agencies and communities.

Utah governor reverses course, issues mask mandate

For months, Idaho Gov. Brad Little has resisted a statewide mask mandate. Little will continue to support local leaders “who make tough decisions to protect our at-risk citizens,” a spokeswoman said Monday.

Analysis: Little stays on message, and loses the room

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.

Little plans to stay the course on school reopenings

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.”

Analysis: A fight is looming over an unexpected state surplus. Bank on it.

The state is looking at a budget windfall exceeding a half a billion dollars. That’s ample money to launch a debate about competing priorities — such as teacher pay raises vs. tax cuts.

Thousands of teachers and staff to be tested for coronavirus in the coming months

Gov. Little announced plans to distribute 565,000 rapid antigen tests to schools.

CARES Act: A $313 million federal cash infusion into Idaho education

Here’s a closer look at where the feds’ money went, and where it might be going.

Little’s week: special session negotiations and coronavirus updates

With a special legislative session planned for next week, Gov. Brad Little has a standing meeting every afternoon this week with Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill and House Speaker Scott Bedke.