Idaho Governor Brad Little touted the state’s economic gains at his State Budget Press conference earlier today, even while the pandemic still rages. The state’s revenue figures for September, which were released today, came in at $33 million ahead of forecasts, which Little said was 10% more than last year.
But even with his good outlook on the Idaho budget, which is on track to have a $530 million surplus in the fiscal year if trends continue, he still cautioned Idahoans about the spread of Covid-19.
According to the Associated Press, Idaho has the worst positive Covid-19 test rate in the country, and had the third most positive cases in a single day Thursday at 667. Despite this, Little defended his opening of businesses and schools for in-person instruction. The governor stressed the importance of wearing masks and social distancing, but didn’t announce any new official restrictions or rules to fight the spread of the virus.