Idaho State Rep. Shares Why She Supports the ‘Greater Idaho’ Movement

Idaho State Rep. Barbara Ehardt joined Ainsley Earhardt on FOX and Friends Wednesday morning to discuss the ‘Greater Idaho’ movement as 11 conservative counties in Oregon are attempting to secede from the state and become part of Idaho. 

One of the factors that has started the ‘Greater Idaho’ movement is a proposal in Oregon that would bribe the homeless to stay out on the streets by paying them $1,000 a month. 


Ehardt shared that it has been an “interesting experience” since listening to the first conversations about the plan two years ago. She said that Idaho has been one of the fastest growing states in the nation, adding that the conversation of expanding the state is one that should be discussed. Ehardt explained that the move would make sense to have “like-minded people” become part of Idaho if Oregon does not fit their values anymore. 

“Idaho is a beautiful state,” said Ehardt, who shared that after traveling and living in other states, she has always turned back to Idaho where they value independence, self-sufficiency, and traditions. 


Both states will need to agree to the decision, and if they do, Congress will need to approve it. Despite claims that such a change would be impossible, Ehardt said that she understands the complexity of such a decision, but still believes that it could be successful. 

The conversation regarding this change has been going on for two years, Ehardt said. A resolution has passed the House, and has been sent to the Senate. According to Ehardt, there has been a lot of positive feedback supporting the decision. 

Ehardt believes that moving the border is the best option for these 11 counties who are seeking a better life via leaving Oregon and joining the state of Idaho. 

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