Governor Brad Little
washington d.c. – The state of Idaho’s extraordinary success in reducing red tape since Governor Brad Little took office sets an example for further efforts to streamline regulation at the federal level.
US Senator Jim Risch announced today that he has introduced the Regulatory Burden Reduction Act to limit federal government overreach and reduce federal spending. The bill requires agencies to repeal two existing regulations for each major new regulation published. The “one in two” method, codifies a 2017 Trump-era executive order to eliminate old, unnecessary and ineffective regulations. Agencies will be required to implement simpler, more cost-effective regulations that will benefit the federal government, small businesses and US taxpayers.
“In Idaho, we’ve axed state regulation for three straight years. We’ve reduced or simplified 95% of the bureaucracy, and we’re not done yet. We’ve seen the results firsthand: when you remove regulatory friction, good jobs follow. Idaho’s economy surpasses all other states in the country. I commend Senator Risch for introducing the Regulatory Burden Reduction Act to curb the Biden administration’s penchant for adding regulations that are little more than pebbles in the skin of small businesses. Washington, DC could learn a thing or two from Idaho, and this law will help create jobs and save taxpayers money,” Governor Small noted.
“Idaho has been at the forefront of reducing red tape, but federal spending and regulations continue to have a dramatic impact on small businesses and Idaho taxpayers,” Senator Risch noted. “The federal government should follow Idaho’s lead in reducing costly and burdensome regulations with this effective one-in, two-out rule.”
“Idaho’s recent deregulation efforts have solidified its position as a magnet for ingenuity, growth, and free enterprise,” co-sponsor of Senator Mike Crapo noted. “The federal government should follow suit, carefully review its long list of regulations, and get rid of those that are power grabs that drown American innovation in red tape and inefficiency. We must continue to do more to prevent federal control from seeping into other aspects of our lives.
Idaho is the least regulated state in the country. In one of his first acts in office, Gov. Brad Little spearheaded the Red Tape Reduction Act, which required state agencies to simplify or repeal two existing rules for each proposed new rule. Reducing red tape has been key to Idaho’s success, and it’s high time the federal government followed Idaho’s lead.
More information on Idaho’s success in cutting red tape is available at https://gov.idaho.gov/cutting-