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Governor outlines relief fund benefits

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Governor Brad Little

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Governor Brad Little reports millions of dollars in state administered federal relief assistance have supported thousands of people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than $75 million was distributed to 8,700 small businesses in cash payments of up to $10,000.   The Rebound Cash grants targeted the smallest businesses up to 50 employees.

The state directed $94 million to local governments, which will use their own discretion to support local business.

More than 26,000 workers received $25.7 million in Return-to-Work bonuses.  More than 4,300 employers used the money to incentivize their workers to return to a job instead of collecting unemployment.

The state has also distributed 4,233 orders of masks, gloves, and sanitizer worth over $1 million to Idaho small businesses and non-profits.  Little said the short-term program helps businesses get back to work safely.

Small businesses can continue to use Supplies.Idaho.Gov before Aug. 31 to access a 30-day supply of PPE. Protective supplies now are readily available from both specialty and traditional retailers, and a list of available vendors is available at

Most of Idaho’s cities and counties submitted letters of intent to participate in the Governor’s property tax plan.  That leverages COVID-19 relief funds to cover local public safety personnel salaries and gives cities and counties the chance to pass on savings to property taxpayers.   It is expected to result in a 10 to 20% one-time reduction in property taxes this year.

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  1. Until they remove that 600 bucks that they give to someone to stay home, eat cheetos and watch re-runs of soap operas those fat and lazy bums will not return to work. Ludicrous to pay someone MORE than they make while unemployed.
    Pay the same…understandable….
    Take it away when told the job is open again….logical.

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