Press Release: Idaho Lt. Governor and Northwest Career Colleges Idaho Will Hold Press Conference Tuesday Relating to Developments in the Reporting of Career and Skills-Based Training Opportunities for Idaho Citizens

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May 3, 2021

Idaho Lt. Governor and Northwest Career Colleges Idaho Will Hold Press Conference Tuesday Relating to Developments in the Reporting of Career and Skills-Based Training Opportunities for Idaho Citizens

Boise, Idaho — Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin and Northwest Career Colleges Idaho will hold a press conference at 1:00 PM (MT) on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in the second-floor rotunda of the State Capitol to discuss developments in the reporting of career and skills-based training opportunities for Idaho citizens.

“Thousands of Idahoans have found success by obtaining education through private career colleges such as the ten institutions represented by Northwest Career Colleges Idaho,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said.

The member schools of Northwest Career Colleges Idaho offer a broad array of training opportunities that prepare Idahoans for successful completion of skill specific training, certifications, professional licensure, associate and bachelor degrees. Some of the careers for which students are trained include electrical and telecommunications lineworker, respiratory therapy, technology, cosmetology, esthetics, nail tech, barbering, and massage therapy.

Barb DeHaan, Idaho Director for Northwest Career Colleges Idaho, said, “The Northwest Career Colleges Idaho, whose member schools represent many of the private postsecondary career schools in Idaho, is excited and appreciative that the Lieutenant Governor is taking time to highlight the accomplishments of our schools, students, and graduates. Even though most of our graduates complete their education in less than one year, they still Go On to rewarding, well-paying careers that contribute to Idaho’s economy.”

“I am excited to hear from current students and graduates from private career colleges who have gone on to find successful careers in Idaho,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said.

More information will be provided at the press conference on Tuesday.

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Contact: Jordan Watters, Chief of Staff
Office: 208.334.2200


Click Here to watch a video of the press conference.

Press Release: Idaho Lt. Governor Assembling Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education Based on Critical Race Theory, Socialism, Communism, and Marxism

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April 8, 2021

Idaho Lt. Governor Assembling Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education Based on Critical Race Theory, Socialism, Communism, and Marxism

Boise, Idaho — Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin is working on putting together a task force to examine indoctrination in Idaho education and to protect our young people from the scourge of critical race theory, socialism, communism, and Marxism.

“As I have traveled around the state and spoken with constituents and parents, it has become clear to me that this is one of the most significant threats facing our society today. We must find where these insidious theories and philosophies are lurking and excise them from our education system,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said. “Idahoans are increasingly frustrated by the apparent lack of awareness and leadership coming from the state on these issues.”

Other states are taking action.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently said, “There’s no room in our classrooms for things like Critical Race Theory. Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.”

DeSantis pledged that Florida’s curriculum will “expressly exclude” the teaching.

North Carolina Lt. Governor Mark Robinson has created a bi-partisan task force to address indoctrination in public schools.

In Arkansas, a bill is being considered that would prohibit any Arkansas public school from offering “a course, class, event, or activity within its program of instruction that … promotes division between, resentment of, or social justice for Race; Gender; Political affiliation; Social class; or Particular class of people.”

“Where is Idaho in this fight?” asked Lt. Gov. McGeachin. “We need to look at what Florida, Arkansas, and North Carolina are doing to combat these poisonous theories.”

Rep. Priscilla Giddings, who was asked by Lt. Gov. McGeachin to participate on the task force, offered her support for the endeavor.

“I appreciate the Lt. Governor taking the initiative to push back against the flawed concept that white people are inherently racist and that our young people should be made to feel guilty for actions they have never committed and biases they have never displayed. This is the kind of proactive leadership Idaho so desperately needs right now.”

More information regarding the task force will be made available in the coming weeks.

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Contact: Jordan Watters, Chief of Staff
Office: 208.334.2200

Press Release: Idaho Lt. Governor, Idaho State Legislators, and Other States’ Legislators File Amicus Brief Supporting Texas Lawsuit to Ensure Election Integrity

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Dec. 10, 2020

Idaho Lt. Governor, Idaho State Legislators, and Other States’ Legislators File Amicus Brief Supporting Texas Lawsuit to Ensure Election Integrity

Boise, Idaho — Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin and State Legislators from Idaho, Alaska, and Arizona have filed an amicus brief supporting the state of Texas in its lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin at the United States Supreme Court.

The Texas lawsuit highlights numerous election irregularities and alleges that the four states named in the suit exploited “the COVID-19 pandemic to justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the results of the 2020 General Election.”

“I greatly appreciate the hard work of Idaho Rep. Heather Scott in spearheading this effort and the diligent efforts undertaken by Richard Seamon, The MacPherson Group, and Boyles Law to make this amicus brief possible,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said.

The amicus brief supports and adopts the allegations asserted and arguments made in the filings submitted by the State of Texas while expanding on them by addressing the application of The Guarantee Clause to the facts before the Court, an issue not raised by the State of Texas in its filings.

As the facts alleged by the State of Texas demonstrate, the 2020 elections in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin represent the antithesis of a republican form of government. An elite group of sitting Democrat officers in each of the Defendant States coordinated with the Democrat party to illegally change the rules established by the Legislatures in the Defendant States, thereby depriving the people of their states a free and fair election—the very basis of a republican form of government.

Lt. Gov. McGeachin said, “I am pleased to join with numerous State Legislators from Idaho, Alaska, and Arizona who support doing everything we can to discover and remedy the irregularities in the 2020 Presidential election. There is no duty more fundamental to being an elected official than protecting and defending our republican form of government.”

The amicus brief explains, “No other arm of the United States government, the entity that has made the guarantee of a republican form of government to each state, can act. The case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, which is uniquely positioned to resolve the issue. The foundation of our nation – free and fair elections reflecting the will of the governed – is at stake.”

Rep. Heather Scott said, “As Idaho legislators, we stand unified in sending a strong message across the country that we believe it’s critical to stand up and protect our republic and its electoral system and to ensure that short sighted corruption is not allowed to determine long term consequences aimed at destroying our United States.”

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Contact: Jordan Watters, Chief of Staff
Office: 208.334.2200

Press Release: Integrated Waste Treatment Unit Completes Critical Test

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June 6, 2019

Integrated Waste Treatment Unit Completes Critical Test

Fluor Idaho crews recently finished a 50-day test of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit in which they successfully treated more than 63,000 gallons of liquid designed to mimic the radioactive waste that is awaiting treatment at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

This is the longest test so far and its successful completion should allow the process of treating the 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste that now resides in three stainless steel 300,000-gallon storage tanks to commence.

This progress is encouraging for several reasons, one of which is that Idaho has been waiting for years for the Department of Energy (DOE) to make good on the promises it made as part of the 1995 Settlement Agreement between Idaho and DOE. Holding the federal government accountable with regard to the safe processing of this waste is necessary to protect Idahoans and Idaho resources.

I am personally delighted to hear about the successful completion of this critical test. INL is an important resource for Idaho and for the nation, and Fluor Idaho’s innovation is helping to keep it moving forward and making progress.

While it often goes largely unnoticed, vital research is being performed at INL each day and Idahoans have much of which to be proud. I expect that we will see even more innovative research and development in the near future.

I am thankful to the many Idahoans who had a role in this process and I am especially thankful to the many conscientious individuals at INL and at Fluor Idaho who are diligently serving Southeast Idaho.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan Watters, Chief of Staff
(208) 565-6710

Press Release: Governor Little’s executive order seeks to improve regional government services across Idaho

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April 25, 2019

Governor Little’s executive order seeks to improve regional government services across Idaho

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed his latest Executive Order into law today, creating a working group chaired by Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin to identify where Idaho can gain efficiencies and improve customer service at state agency regional offices across the state.

“It’s important for citizens across Idaho to access state government services close to home,” Governor Little said. “My executive order seeks to improve customer service at regional state agency offices by identifying any inefficiencies so that government uses taxpayer dollars as responsibly and effectively as possible.”

The working group will include 12 individuals – seven citizens representing different regions of the state; one member each of the Idaho House of Representatives and Idaho Senate; representatives of the Governor’s Office, Division of Financial Management, and Department of Administration; and one at-large member.

“The natural propensity of government is to grow and become increasingly inefficient. Unlike in the private sector where competition and market forces work together to increase efficiency and improve customer service, there is no ‘invisible hand’ that guides the state. This is why we are taking action to investigate and implement the improvements that will not occur spontaneously,” Lt. Governor McGeachin said.

The working group will spend the next 18 months on the project and make recommendations to the Governor on its findings.

“Idahoans deserve state agencies that are dedicated to helping them and their business endeavors, not to erecting roadblocks and manufacturing obstacles to success. We will invest our time and energy into making sure that state agencies exist to serve the people of Idaho and to improve their lives,” Lt. Governor McGeachin added.

The full text of Executive Order 2019-03, “Regional Government Efficiency Working Group,” is available here.

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