“We must do our part to get our fiscal house in order even if it means weening ourselves of the federal teat,” she said, without going into details.
She added: “We don’t have a tax problem here in Idaho. We have a spending problem.”
McGeachin also said she wants to eliminate the state’s occupational licensing requirements covering jobs ranging from plumbers to medical professionals. The licensing rules are aimed at ensuring that workers can competently perform their jobs without risking the health of others.
“We can open more doors to success by removing occupational licenses and other regulations which stand in the way of personal and business achievements,” she said.
She said she would be a strong advocate of Second Amendment gun rights, an essential position for Republicans seeking office.
McGeachin drew criticism during the 2019 legislative session for posing with members of an antigovernment group in the Statehouse near her office and posting the images on social media.
Later, after fulfilling her role as lieutenant governor presiding over the Senate, she fled from reporters seeking comment and stayed locked in her office the rest of the day as reporters waited outside.
McGeachin last month formed the “Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education,” something hardline conservative Republicans focused on during the recently concluded legislative session. They claim students are being forced through critical race theory to adopt beliefs that make them hate their country.