Last week Gov. Brad Little asked us, the chair and vice chair of the House Business Committee, to join him in announcing two executive orders. The Red Tape Reduction Act and Licensing Freedom Act will give us the authority to eliminate two old rules for every one new rule proposed.
Our constituents elected us to eliminate cumbersome government burdens. With these orders, we are cutting the red tape that keeps Idahoans from actually getting to work. We are committed this session to removing barriers and making sure wages grow in Idaho.
Less than a month into the session, the House Business Committee has already heard testimony from a number of people in various occupations. They’re burdened by licensing regulations daily. They want us to work to eliminate those burdens and reduce costs that ultimately trickle down to Idaho workers. That’s exactly what these orders will do. Hundreds will benefit, from plumbers to real estate brokers to midwives to police officers to our military spouses and more.
Eliminating the regulations will take time, but we are moving quickly to ensure that your profession sees the positive change. According to the Governor’s office, when this process started, Idaho’s administrative code included 736 chapters and 8,278 pages of regulations and at least 72,000 total restrictions. The three most regulated areas in Idaho are economic development with 3,018 pages of regulations, natural resources with 1,815 pages of regulations, and health and human services with 1,666 pages of regulations. These numbers are astronomical, and we look forward to reducing them significantly.
It is what you asked us to do when you elected us, and we want you to know that we stand with you in reducing government in Idaho.