Gov. Brad Little’s statewide shutdown of businesses has had a significant negative impact on Idaho’s workforce. The governor needs to do all he can to get Idahoans working again, as soon as possible.
He has made strides toward this goal over the past few weeks by reducing the licensing red tape on healthcare workers and healthcare facilities. But the governor has a wide range of further action he can take regarding occupational and business licensure. He needs to look far down the road as he contemplates his next steps in response to COVID-19, and take action that can lead to long-term fostering of the economy, instead of just a short-term response to one virus.