A guide to the major changes coming to Treasure Valley in 2019
Next year should be an eventful one for the Treasure Valley.
For the first time in a dozen years, Idaho will have a new governor. Brad Little, who spent the past decade serving as lieutenant governor and who was a member of the Legislature for eight years before that, succeeds Butch Otter in the statehouse.
The three-member Ada County Commission will turn Democratic and will feature two new faces, both women. Boise State may get a new president. Downtown will get new office and residential buildings. Zoo Boise will open two new exhibits. Voters in Treasure Valley cities will elect leaders in November.
Here’s a quarter-by-quarter guide to what’s coming:
JANUARY - FEBRUARY MARCH
Legislature meets: Little will be sworn in on the south steps of the Capitol at noon on Friday, Jan. 4, as Idaho’s 33rd governor.
The Idaho Legislature convenes on Monday, Jan. 7, when Little will give his initial State of the State address.
Lawmakers are expected to grapple with Medicaid expansion approved by Idaho voters in November. The Legislature will have to decide how to pay for the state’s share of new spending. Other states have done that with taxes on sales, alcohol, hospitals and health insurance companies.
November’s election ushered in other new state officials too. Janice Mcgeachin will succeed Little as lieutenant governor. Julie Ellsworth will become state treasurer, succeeding Ron Crane, who served since 1999 and did not run for re-election.
Ada County Commission changes: For the first time, women will make up the majority of the three-member board. Diana Lachiondo and Kendra Kenyon, both Democrats, won races in November. Kenyon defeated former Commissioner Sharon Ullman, who had defeated incumbent Dave Case in the Republican primary in May. Lachiondo, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s director of community partnerships, defeated incumbent Republican Jim Tibbs after saying commissioners hadn’t
Brad Little celebrates his election as governor in November. He will be sworn in at the Capitol at noon Friday. The Legislature will convene on Monday, Jan. 7, when Little will give his initial State of the State address. Janice Mcgeachin will succeed Little as lieutenant governor.