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Guest Column: Idaho Governor Brad Little on Idaho’s Economic Rebound

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May 21, 2020

Idaho’s Economic Rebound Hinges on the Safety and Confidence of Consumers and Employees

by: Governor Brad Little

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

As more and more businesses are opening their doors, many Idahoans have been eager to get out of the house and get back to work.

I’m grateful to see my friends and neighbors feeling confident about returning to work and visiting businesses again.

But there remain many other Idahoans with earnest concern about the effect coronavirus could have on them and their families.

Close to half a million Idaho adults are considered at-risk of developing severe complications from coronavirus.  That’s more than one-third of our adult population.

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Health and the economy are not mutually exclusive – they are interconnected.

We cannot rebound if a huge segment of our population is afraid to engage in the economy again.

They will engage, however, if they feel safe going outside their homes to visit businesses and return to work.

We all have a role to play in keeping them safe.

Our personal actions are the most effective way to manage the virus and get our economy roaring again.  Wear a face covering in public, keep at least six feet of physical distance from others, keep hands and surfaces clean, and stay home if you’re sick.

Many businesses and employers are protecting their workers and customers by practicing these measures.

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Even if contracting COVID-19 is low on your list of personal concerns, I urge you to still do these things.  Prosperity and safety are linked.  Protecting other citizens is the right thing to do, and our economic rebound depends on it.

Folks also need to know they should go to their health care provider for other medical issues.  Please, don’t put off care because of concerns about COVID-19.  In many cases, longer delays in care will worsen outcomes for patients.  Hospitals, healthcare facilities, clinics, and doctors have the protections in place to treat you safely and appropriately.

Idaho was one of the last states in the country with a confirmed coronavirus case.  We were one of the first states to create a safe, responsible plan to reopen the economy in stages.  President Trump, Vice President Pence, and White House officials repeatedly have praised Idaho’s staged approach and our handling of federal relief funds in prioritizing support for small businesses.

The one and only reason we’re able progress through the stages of reopening is because the people of Idaho – individually and collectively – have taken personal responsibility in slowing the spread of this new disease.

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We are better off in Idaho than elsewhere not because the problem doesn’t exist, but because we’re doing a good job protecting our family, neighbors, and friends.

We cannot let up.  We control the outcome.  We control our ability to make consumers and employees confident about going back to work and visiting places of business.  Our personal choices matter.

Thank you to the people of Idaho for your determination during these tough times and the care you have shown others.

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Pocatello Arts Council, Advisory Boards/Commissions, Seeking New Members

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City of Pocatello City Hall

(City of Pocatello Press Release, May 15, 2020)

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The volunteer Pocatello Arts Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and Civil Service Commission are seeking new members.

The City of Pocatello website describes the City’s Advisory Committees as follows:

Mayor & City Council Advisory Committees

The City of Pocatello has 18 standing volunteer citizen advisory committees. While each committee has a specific mission, the overall purpose is for citizens to advise the Mayor and Council on issues of importance to the community.

Every advisory committee is open to individuals living inside the Pocatello city limits and many boards are open to residents as young as 16 years old. There are also a few opportunities for those living in the Area of City Impact. Applications are accepted at any time and are kept on file for 1 year in case of a resignation or other unanticipated occurrence.

Go to https://pocatello.us/254/Advisory-Committees for more information and an application.

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New Knowledge Adventures, Pocatello, Announces Election Results for 2020-2021 Officers

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May 21, 2020

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New Knowledge Adventures, Pocatello (NKA), has announced the election results for the 2020-2021 Officers who will lead the popular organization.  The entire slate of officers was overwhelmingly approved by the membership, with 99% of votes cast in favor.

The 2020-2021 Officers are:

President: Trent Stephens
President-elect: Sue Miller
Secretary: Suzanne Johnson
Treasurer: Phil Blick
Past President: Jan Flandro
Director-at-large (1-year term ending June 30, 2021): Sondra Dunkle
Director-at-large (3-year term ending June 30, 2023): Phil Joslin

(Director-at-large Robert Farmer remains on the board with his 3-year term ending 2022)

New Knowledge Adventures at ISU is a member-directed organization for adults of retirement age to expand knowledge and explore new ideas in an informal, noncompetitive environment.  For membership information or other information about NKA, please contact Continuing Education at (208) 282-3155 or email cetrain@isu.edu

You can also visit the New Knowledge Adventures – Pocatello Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/604270990086140/

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For First Time in 38 Years, Idaho State Government Won’t Borrow Money to Support Cash Flow, Saving Taxpayer Dollars

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(Press Release, May 21, 2020)

For First Time in 38 Years, Idaho State Government Won’t Borrow Money to Support Cash Flow, Saving Taxpayer Dollars

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

Boise, Idaho – Under the direction of Governor Brad Little and State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth, the State of Idaho will not borrow money in the bond market to meet anticipated cash flow requirements for the current fiscal year.

This is the first year since 1982 that the Idaho State Treasurer will not issue a State of Idaho Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) to meet the anticipated cash flow requirements due to the time lag between when state revenue is received and when state expenses are incurred.

“This move is about good government and prudent management of taxpayer dollars.  Given the uncertain economic times, we must minimize state borrowing and limit the amount of General Fund that is committed to interest payments on loans,” Governor Little said.

The move was reviewed by the Treasurer’s Credit Rating Enhancement Committee at its meeting today.

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“This prudent approach is a huge win for Idaho taxpayers.  It saves General Fund dollars with respect to cash flow management.  It also leverages the CARES Act dollars and puts them to work for Idahoans while still making these funds readily available to Idaho small businesses as this COVID-19 situation continues to unfold,” State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth said.

When the state issues TANs, the state pays interest to an external entity.  Over the past five years, the interest has averaged more than $15 million to a national bank.  Those taxpayer dollars will be saved this year by not issuing the TAN.

Governor Little approved a recommendation from his Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee to leverage federal relief funds for cash management.  Idaho has allocated only $450 million to date, out of $1.25 billion directed to the State of Idaho from the federal government.

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City of Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission Vacancy

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, May 21, 2020)

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The Historic Preservation Commission has an upcoming vacancy. Appointments are made with due respect to representation in the fields of history, architectural history, architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, engineering, archeology and law. The vacancy is also open to Bannock County residents.

This volunteer City commission advises the City Council on a variety of historic preservation issues, including reviewing applications for permits for new construction or demolition within designated historic districts.

Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6 p.m.

Interested persons ages 16 and older can obtain an application by contacting the Mayor’s Office at 911 North 7th Avenue, visiting the Advisory Committees link at http://www.pocatello.us or calling 208-234-6163.

Applications for membership must be received by June 5, 2020.

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Last Chance to Donate Items to POW*MIA Community Fundraiser: Saturday, May 23

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May 21, 2020

Pocatello’s POW*MIA Awareness Association has issued the last call for donations for their Community Fundraiser.  The organizations issued the following statement:

This Saturday, May 23, will be the final day for accepting your donation items for the POW*MIA Community Fundraiser at Liberty Hall, 325 W Benton, Pocatello.

Using proper physical distancing.  Feel free to stop by between 9-11am Saturday, May 23rd.

The POW*MIA Community Fundraiser will be Saturday, June 6th at 8am.  Thank you for donations.  We appreciate your support!

To learn more about the POW*MIA Awareness Association, visit their Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/powmiarodeo/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

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Pocatello Street Operations Dept. Announces 2020 Paving Plan

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, May 19, 2020)

Pocatello Street Operations Dept. Announces 2020 Paving Plan

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The list of roads that will see work this year by the Pocatello Street Operations Department is now available to the public.

Recently, the Pocatello Street Operations Department announced its 2020 Paving Plan.  The schedule details which roads should be completely resurfaced or will receive a chip seal, a fog-seal, or a micro-seal treatment.  This year the department is looking to treat roughly 34 miles of city streets.

“Through innovative techniques and a data-driven approach, the Street Operations Department crews and staff have improved the condition of Pocatello’s roads,” said Tom Kirkman, Deputy Public Works Director.  “We continue to be on the right track in managing the Gate City’s streets.”

The department’s efforts in 2019 saw the city’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) score move up to 77.1.  A PCI score is the condition rating of roads and is based on a scale from 0 to 100.  Streets scoring 0 to 40 are considered poor, 40 to 60 are fair, 60 to 80 are good, and 80 to 100 are very good.

In 2015, the department conducted a detailed analysis of each mile of road in Pocatello to give the city a baseline score.  Since that initial study, the PCI score has gone up just over six points.

To view the 2020 Paving Plan, visit:

https://www.pocatello.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/1282.

The Street Operations Department is responsible for maintaining over 260 miles of City streets in Pocatello.  Last year, the department treated just under 31 miles worth of street.  In the last five years, the department has treated 176.79 miles of roads in Pocatello.

For more information on the City of Pocatello Street Operations Department, visit https://pocatello.us/444/Street-Operations or like the department’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PocatelloStreet.

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Make Graduation Extra Special With A Cake From Nidia’s Creations!

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May, 2020

Once again we’ve come to that special time of year when we honor those who’ve put in the years of hard work and dedication to achieve one of life’s most significant milestones:

Graduation!

Whether your special graduate has put in two years, four years, six years…thirteen years or more, this is a time to celebrate!

One of the great traditions at any graduation ceremony is the serving of the graduation cake.  And the place to go in Pocatello and Chubbuck for an extra special cake is Nidia’s Creations.

Nidia Palmer is known for the incredible cakes that she creates…true works of art!

Nidia works with her clients to create the cake of their dreams!  From tower cakes to cupcakes, any flavor, homemade buttercream or whipped cream frosting, fondant…you name it, and Nidia can create it.

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White House: Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery

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(White House Press Release, May 19, 2020)

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)

In December 2019, a novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 (“the virus”) was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, People’s Republic of China, causing an outbreak of the disease COVID-19, which has now spread globally.  The Secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency on January 31, 2020, under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d), in response to COVID-19.  In Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020 (Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak), I declared that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constituted a national emergency, beginning March 1, 2020.

I have taken sweeping action to control the spread of the virus in the United States, including by suspending entry of certain foreign nationals who present a risk of transmitting the virus; implementing policies to accelerate acquisition of personal protective equipment and bring new diagnostic capabilities to laboratories; and pressing forward rapidly in the search for effective treatments and vaccines.  Our States, tribes, territories, local communities, health authorities, hospitals, doctors and nurses, manufacturers, and critical infrastructure workers have all performed heroic service on the front lines battling COVID-19.  Executive departments and agencies (agencies), under my leadership, have helped them by taking hundreds of administrative actions since March, many of which provided flexibility regarding burdensome requirements that stood in the way of implementing the most effective strategies to stop the virus’s spread.

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The virus has attacked our Nation’s economy as well as its health.  Many businesses and non-profits have been forced to close or lay off workers, and in the last 8 weeks, the Nation has seen more than 36 million new unemployment insurance claims.  I have worked with the Congress to provide vital relief to small businesses to keep workers employed and to bring assistance to those who have lost their jobs.  On April 16, 2020, I announced Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a framework for safely re-opening the country and putting millions of Americans back to work.

Just as we continue to battle COVID-19 itself, so too must we now join together to overcome the effects the virus has had on our economy.  Success will require the efforts not only of the Federal Government, but also of every State, tribe, territory, and locality; of businesses, non-profits, and houses of worship; and of the American people.  To aid those efforts, agencies must continue to remove barriers to the greatest engine of economic prosperity the world has ever known: the innovation, initiative, and drive of the American people.

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy.  It is the policy of the United States to combat the economic consequences of COVID-19 with the same vigor and resourcefulness with which the fight against COVID-19 itself has been waged.  Agencies should address this economic emergency by rescinding, modifying, waiving, or providing exemptions from regulations and other requirements that may inhibit economic recovery, consistent with applicable law and with protection of the public health and safety, with national and homeland security, and with budgetary priorities and operational feasibility.  They should also give businesses, especially small businesses, the confidence they need to re-open by providing guidance on what the law requires; by recognizing the efforts of businesses to comply with often-complex regulations in complicated and swiftly changing circumstances; and by committing to fairness in administrative enforcement and adjudication.

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Sec. 2. Definitions.  (a) “Emergency authorities” means any statutory or regulatory authorities or exceptions that authorize action in an emergency, in exigent circumstances, for good cause, or in similar situations.

(b) “Agency” has the meaning given in section 3502 of title 44, United States Code.

(c) “Administrative enforcement” includes investigations, assertions of statutory or regulatory violations, and adjudications by adjudicators as defined herein.

(d) “Adjudicator” means an agency official who makes a determination that has legal consequence, as defined in section 2(d) of Executive Order 13892 of October 9, 2019 (Promoting the Rule of Law Through Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement and Adjudication), for a person, except that it does not mean the head of an agency, a member of a multi-member board that heads an agency, or a Presidential appointee.

(e) “Pre-enforcement ruling” has the meaning given it in section 2(f) of Executive Order 13892.

(f) “Regulatory standard” includes any requirement imposed on the public by a Federal regulation, as defined in section 2(g) of Executive Order 13892, or any recommendation, best practice, standard, or other, similar provision of a Federal guidance document as defined in section 2(c) of Executive Order 13892.

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(g) “Unfair surprise” has the meaning given it in section 2(e) of Executive Order 13892.

Sec. 3. Federal Response.  The heads of all agencies are directed to use, to the fullest extent possible and consistent with applicable law, any emergency authorities that I have previously invoked in response to the COVID-19 outbreak or that are otherwise available to them to support the economic response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The heads of all agencies are also encouraged to promote economic recovery through non-regulatory actions.

Sec. 4. Rescission and waiver of regulatory standards.  The heads of all agencies shall identify regulatory standards that may inhibit economic recovery and shall consider taking appropriate action, consistent with applicable law, including by issuing proposed rules as necessary, to temporarily or permanently rescind, modify, waive, or exempt persons or entities from those requirements, and to consider exercising appropriate temporary enforcement discretion or appropriate temporary extensions of time as provided for in enforceable agreements with respect to those requirements, for the purpose of promoting job creation and economic growth, insofar as doing so is consistent with the law and with the policy considerations identified in section 1 of this order.

Sec. 5. Compliance assistance for regulated entities.  (a) The heads of all agencies, excluding the Department of Justice, shall accelerate procedures by which a regulated person or entity may receive a pre-enforcement ruling under Executive Order 13892 with respect to whether proposed conduct in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including any response to legislative or executive economic stimulus actions, is consistent with statutes and regulations administered by the agency, insofar as doing so is consistent with the law and with the policy considerations identified in section 1 of this order.

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Pre‑enforcement rulings under this subsection may be issued without regard to the requirements of section 6(a) of Executive Order 13892.

(b) The heads of all agencies shall consider whether to formulate, and make public, policies of enforcement discretion that, as permitted by law and as appropriate in the context of particular statutory and regulatory programs and the policy considerations identified in section 1 of this order, decline enforcement against persons and entities that have attempted in reasonable good faith to comply with applicable statutory and regulatory standards, including those persons and entities acting in conformity with a pre-enforcement ruling.

(c) As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services, including through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies have issued, or plan to issue in the future, guidance on action suggested to stem the transmission and spread of that disease.  In formulating any policies of enforcement discretion under subsection (b) of this section, an agency head should consider a situation in which a person or entity makes a reasonable attempt to comply with such guidance, which the person or entity reasonably deems applicable to its circumstances, to be a rationale for declining enforcement under subsection (b) of this section.  Non-adherence to guidance shall not by itself form the basis for an enforcement action by a Federal agency.

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Sec. 6. Fairness in Administrative Enforcement and Adjudication.  The heads of all agencies shall consider the principles of fairness in administrative enforcement and adjudication listed below, and revise their procedures and practices in light of them, consistent with applicable law and as they deem appropriate in the context of particular statutory and regulatory programs and the policy considerations identified in section 1 of this order.

(a) The Government should bear the burden of proving an alleged violation of law; the subject of enforcement should not bear the burden of proving compliance.

(b) Administrative enforcement should be prompt and fair.

(c) Administrative adjudicators should be independent of enforcement staff.

(d) Consistent with any executive branch confidentiality interests, the Government should provide favorable relevant evidence in possession of the agency to the subject of an administrative enforcement action.

(e) All rules of evidence and procedure should be public, clear, and effective.

(f) Penalties should be proportionate, transparent, and imposed in adherence to consistent standards and only as authorized by law.

(g) Administrative enforcement should be free of improper Government coercion.

(h) Liability should be imposed only for violations of statutes or duly issued regulations, after notice and an opportunity to respond.

(i) Administrative enforcement should be free of unfair surprise.

(j) Agencies must be accountable for their administrative enforcement decisions.

Sec. 7. Review of Regulatory Response.  The heads of all agencies shall review any regulatory standards they have temporarily rescinded, suspended, modified, or waived during the public health emergency, any such actions they take pursuant to section 4 of this order, and other regulatory flexibilities they have implemented in response to COVID-19, whether before or after issuance of this order, and determine which, if any, would promote economic recovery if made permanent, insofar as doing so is consistent with the policy considerations identified in section 1 of this order, and report the results of such review to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.

Sec. 8. Implementation.  The Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in consultation with the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, shall monitor compliance with this order and may also issue memoranda providing guidance for implementing this order, including by setting deadlines for the reviews and reports required under section 7 of this order.

Sec. 9. General Provisions.  (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision in this order, nothing in this order shall apply to any action that pertains to foreign or military affairs, or to a national security or homeland security function of the United States (other than procurement actions and actions involving the import or export of non-defense articles and services).

(d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

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