Brad Little on Tax Reform



We are on pace to deliver $3.7 billion in tax relief

In fact, I can think of 3.7 billion reasons why people are coming here. We are on pace to deliver $3.7 billion in tax relief, and we're not done yet. With the surplus eliminator passed last session, our budget this year includes up to $150 million in new property tax relief, on top of the hundreds of millions in property tax relief we've already deployed to date. People are coming here because what we are doing is WORKING.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature , Jan 8, 2024

We created a fair, predictable, and lower flat income tax

In just three years, we have given back more than ever before in Idaho history--a whopping $2.7 billion to Idaho citizens and businesses. Our commitment to cutting taxes doesn't just start and end with one-time relief. We also cut back Idahoans' ongoing tax burden by more than $650 million. We took the income tax from six brackets down to one and created a fair, predictable, and lower flat income tax once and for all.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature , Jan 9, 2023

Enacted $2.5B in tax relief to help offset Bidenflation

Since I took office close to four years ago, Idahoans have benefited from $1 billion in tax relief, and the Idaho Legislature and I worked together this year to pass an additional $1.5 billion in tax relief measures going forward as part of my 'Leading Idaho' plan. And, with another year of budget surplus before us, Idahoans can expect we will turn back even more of their hard-earned money to help offset the burden of Bidenflation.
Source: KMVT on 2022 Idaho Gubernatorial race , Jul 13, 2022

Already cut $1 billion in taxes, relief for Bidenflation

Together, we have given back nearly $1 billion to Idahoans through income tax relief, property tax relief, and relief from unemployment taxes on Idaho businesses. And today, I am proposing we double down on our efforts. I propose we return more than $1 billion in income tax relief to Idaho taxpayers over the next five years! With Bidenflation exploding, let's immediately pass $600 million in income tax relief that we can get back into the wallets of all Idahoans this spring!
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature , Jan 10, 2022

Proposes the single largest tax cuts in Idaho history

My plan is called "Building Idaho's Future." I am proposing more than $450 million in tax relief. This would be among the single largest tax cuts in Idaho history! To get there, I'm proposing $295 million in one-time tax relief and $160 million in permanent tax cuts to boost Idahoans' prosperity while keeping our tax rates competitive and our business climate vibrant. Curbing government spending and returning taxpayer dollars should be the perpetual mission of public servants.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature , Jan 11, 2021

Budget proposes $35 million in grocery tax relief

One of the staples of conservative governing is to put money back into taxpayers' pockets. I have long supported tax relief for Idahoans on the most basic of needs--groceries. My budget leverages $35 million from the dedicated Tax Relief Fund to provide Idaho families with grocery tax relief without competing against our General Fund priorities.
Source: 2020 Idaho State of the State address , Jan 6, 2020

Inform taxpayers to increase state income tax withholdings

Last year, we delivered one of the largest tax cuts in state history. As a result, state income and business tax rates are the lowest since 1934. Idahoans are enjoying bigger paychecks.

Even though sales tax and corporate tax revenues have been robust, our personal income tax receipts are falling short. The federal tax code changed recently, but few Idahoans know they need to update their tax withholdings. I am ordering the Tax Commission to do all they can to better inform taxpayers of what they need to do to avoid a surprise income tax bill.

My team is following this issue closely, confident revenues will eventually match the rapid pace of economic growth. Though we are confident, in true Idaho fashion, we will not spend money until it's in the bank.

My budget recommendation will balance our books and fulfill important promises. Additionally, any new tax exemption should be tied to a proportional reduction in state spending or real income generation.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Idaho legislature , Jan 7, 2019

Lift tax burden for everyone

Taxes need to be fair, simple, competitive and predictable. As Governor, I will look for ways to lower the tax burden on Idahoans so that economic prosperity can continue in every community across Idaho. We need the lightest possible hand of government in the day to day lives of our citizens and businesses.
Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial website BradLittleForIdaho.com , Sep 1, 2017

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vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
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vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

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vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
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vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
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Dale Folwell (R)
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vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
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ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
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NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
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vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
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UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
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VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
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vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
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vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R)
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