ESG/Investment Issues:

Idaho Congressional Delegation, State Treasurer Announce Secure Rural Schools Payments
April 18, 2023

State Financial Leaders Comment Letter to SEC Regarding the Proposed Listing of NACs
January 17, 2024

SEC Notice of Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Change Listing of NACs
January 17, 2024

Idaho Leaders Comment Expressing Concern to SEC's Proposed Listing of NACs
January 16, 2024

Idaho Officials Request an Extension to Comment on the SEC's Proposed Listing of NACs and the Comment Deadline 
December 19, 2023

US state financial officers sign a letter to BlackRock's Directors 
August 2, 2023

Treasurer Ellsworth and 19 other state treasurers push back on ESG by sending a letter to proxy-advisory service Glass Lewis
May 15, 2023 

Treasurer Ellsworth and 17 other state treasurers send a letter to BlackRock's Larry Fink questioning voting decisions in conjuntion with ESG
May 15, 2023

Treasurer Ellsworth signs letter rallying House GOP to Continue ESG Fight
March 28, 2023

Treasurer Ellsworth and 17 other State Treasurers oppose the ESG Rating Products Used By Morningstar for Anti-Israel Bias.
August 25, 2022

Treasurer Ellsworth on banks not lending to fossil fuel industry (FOX Business News)
August 4, 2022

Creative video on ESG and how it affects businesses
July 19, 2022
Treasurer Ellsworth signs letter to SEC Pushing Back on The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors Rule
June 17, 2022
Radio Interview with Idaho Treasurer Julie Ellsworth and Utah Treasurer Marlo Oaks on ESG
June 11, 2022
Educational Roundtable on ESG with Senator Crapo-Live Stream
June 7, 2022
Treasurer Ellsworth joins state Financial Officers in Opposing the FDIC Proposed Principles on Climate-Related Financial Risk Management for Large 
 Financial Institutions

June 3, 2022
Opinion by Treasurer Ellsworth: Idahoans Must Understand ESG
 May 25, 2022
Roundtable Education on ESG with U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
June 7, 2022
Treasurer Ellsworth talks with KBOI radio on ESG
May 23, 2022
 Idaho Officials Object to S&P’s Use of ESG Criteria in State Credit Ratings
May 19, 2022
Ellsworth and Wasden join 23 states in protecting retirement accounts over climate agenda
May 16, 2022
Ellsworth joins 27 state financial leaders pushing back on ESG policies. Opinion by Utah Treasurer Marlo Oaks
April 15, 2022
Treasurer co-sponsors successful Senate Bill 1405 clarifying public entity investment activities   
March 14, 2022

Comment letter to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board regarding ESG Practices in the Municipal Securities Market    
 March 8, 2022

Treasurer opposes Department of Labor rule putting Retirement Savings at Risk
December 13, 2021

Other ESG Updates:

State Attorneys General Letter To Wells Fargo Regarding Debanking Due to ESG Standards
March 6, 2024

Alliance on Agriculture & Food Security Letter to Banks on Impact of Net-Zero Banking Alliance
January 29, 2024

State Financial Leaders Comment Letter to SEC Regarding the Proposed Listing of NACs
January 17, 2024

State Attorneys General Comment Letter to SEC in Response to the Rule Change Regarding NACs
January 9, 2024

State Financial Leaders sign letter to SEC requesting an extension on NAC's comment deadline
December 20, 2023

US Attorneys General sign letter ISS and Glass Lewis addressing proxy voting per ESG initiatives
November 29, 2023

US Attorneys General sign letter pushing back against Net Zero Financial Service Providers Alliance
September 13, 2023

US Attorneys General send letter against ESG to BlackRock's Directors
July 6,2023

National Association of Manufactures Letter to Committee on Financial Services
July 27, 2023

United States Senators send letter to US Secretary of the Treasury, pushing back on ESG
May 2, 2023

Twenty-One Attorneys General, including Attorney General Labrador, send letter to asset managers to raise concerns about ongoing agreements between asset managers to use Americans’ savings to push political goals.
March 30, 2023

Nineteen Governors, including Governor Little, issue joint policy statement on ESG and agree to lead state-level efforts.
March 16, 2023

Governor Little, along with 18 other governors signs a letter pleding to protect taxpayers from ESG influences.
March 16, 2023

Attorney General Raul Labrador joins a 25-state coalition in a lawsuit over a Department of Labor rule which would affect the retirement accounts of millions of people. The rule would allow 401(k) managers to direct their clients’ money to ESG (Environmental Social Governance) investments and runs contrary to the laws outlined in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
January 26, 2023

21 State Attorneys General (including Idaho) Submitt Comments to SEC on "Enhanced Disclosures by Certain Investment Advisers and Investment Companies about ESG Investment Practices.
August 16, 2022

19 State Attorneys General (including Idaho) remind Blackrock of its obligation to act in the sole financial interest of its clients.(letter to CEO Larry Fink)
August 4, 2022

West Virginia disqualifies 5 financial institutions from state banking contracts over engaging in boycotts of energy companies
July 28, 2022

American Bankers Association letter on the impact of Environmental, Social and Governance guidance and regulatory proposals on banking
June 2022

Cattle Industry fights controversial SEC climate rule
June 17, 2022

National Agricultural Associations object to SEC climate rules
June 17, 2022

Arizona's Treasurer Kimberly Yee Pushes Back on Unilever's Ben and Jerry's 
December 9, 2021


Banking Issues:

Treasurer Ellsworth signs letter to President Biden and Federal Housing Finance Agency Director expressing concern and asking for immediate action to end new policy forcing homebuyers with good credit to pay more.
May 1, 2023

Treasurer Ellsworth signs letter to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. concerning de-banking of certain industries.
March 23, 2023

Risch, Crapo support fair access to banking legislation
February 9, 2023

Treasurer joins 38 State Treasurers, Auditors and Attornies General with comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency regarding Principles for Climate-Related Financial Risk Management for Large Banks
February 14, 2022

Treasurer Ellsworth opposes nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin as Vice Chairman for Supervision at the Federal Reserve
January 31, 2022

Idaho Treasurer Objects to Economic Boycott of Traditional Energy Production Industries by U.S. Financial Institutions
December 2, 2021

Treasurer opposes Biden nomination of Saule Omarova to Comptroller of the Currency
November 12, 2021

Letter to John Kerry on Pressuring US Banks to Refuse to Lend to Fossil Fuel Industries
May 14, 2021

BSU Radio
June 8, 2021

IRS Issues:

Ellsworth signs letter to President Biden on IRS snooping into citizens accounts
September 20, 2021

Treasurer Ellsworth and Senator Crapo Hold Round Table on IRS Snooping
October 21, 2021

Treasurer Ellsworth speaks to media across Idaho on IRS snooping plan.
Coeur d’Alene Press-October 21, 2021
Idaho Free Press-October 27, 2021
KMTV-November 11, 2021
KSPT-Radio-October 21, 2021
KIDO-Radio-October 13, 2021
Red Wave Radio-October 11, 2021
Idaho Business Review-September 30, 2021
Big Country News-September 24, 2021
Argus Observer-September 22, 2021

Other Issues:

State Finacial Leaders Letter Supporting Israel
May 14, 2024

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs First-in-the-Nation Legislation to Protect Against Government Surveillance of Personal Finances
May 12, 2023

Ellsworth joins 27 State Financial Officers warning President Biden about the dangers of energy dependence
April 5, 2022

Treasurer condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine
March 30, 2022

Treasurer testifies to the Idaho Legislative Committee on Federalism on federal issues affecting Idahoans
November 19, 2021