Why Governor Little Must Now End Idaho’s State of Emergency
Is Idaho still in a state of emergency? How can our state still be in such a state when you have record attendance at a recent Boise State Basketball game complete with BSU President Marlene Tromp dancing with students after the big win? How can the Gem State still justify the restrictions that we're put into place almost two years ago due to Covid?
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Thankfully, we are not in a lockdown anymore, and all the businesses that survived are up and operational. Even the CDC has lifted the mask mandates. So why is Idaho still in a state of emergency? Remember last year when the legislature failed to curb the governor's hold on his emergency powers? Two legislators have introduced legislation that would end Idaho's state of emergency, reports the Idaho Capital Sun.
Idahoans across the state have shared their concerns over the continued use of emergency powers on talk radio and social media. Hopefully, the country has seen the last of the deadly Covid virus. The medical community now has three vaccines plus a pill that can be given to folks who show early virus symptoms.
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The Idaho Capital Sun says that Idaho National Guardsmen are still being used to augment healthcare facilities within the state. The labor shortage was so dire that out-of-state contract healthcare workers were brought in to care for the sick.
Critics of the continued use of emergency powers say that the governor has too much control over the other two branches of government. Republicans running against him in the May Primary cite his use of emergency powers as one of the reasons why they seek to replace him.