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Gov. Brad Little discusses Presidential Administration transition

Posted at 7:44 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 08:42:30-05

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — With a new presidential administration in Washington D.C., there may be new concerns about how it could affect the state of Idaho.

Idaho Governor Brad Little shared what he hopes from the new administration within the coming months. He says the new administration will have a lot of work to do to facilitate new relationships with Biden's cabinet members.

"I'm going to miss the very good relationship I had with the outgoing administration. You know the cabinet members, interior, agriculture, labor. You know the relationship I built with them, and now I gotta start from scratch," said Little.

While forming those relationships is high on the list, one of the main concerns Little currently has surrounds the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine distribution. Since vaccination rollouts have been slower than anticipated, Little said he hopes Biden can soon increase the number of doses received to 250,000 in the near future.

"It's 130 to 140,000 doses a month, and we need to do more than that. I want as much normalcy by June and July, and we're not going to get there with that run rate," Little said.

Little also expressed his views on Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan which aims to provide aid to families and businesses.

"Don't radically change things at labor because it's so hard for us if there are people that aren't in our system. If they do like they did to us last spring and give us a whole new program, and we don't have a way to administer it."

Little says because it's so early still into Biden's presidency, he and other state leaders have plenty of time to iron out details with the new administration.

"When we Western governors get together, you know the cabinet members come there, and that'll help, but we'll work through it. That's what happens," said Little.