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Governor Calls Special Session

SALT LAKE CITY (June 16, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued a proclamation today calling the Utah Legislature into a Fifth Special Session on Thursday, June 18, at 9:30 a.m.  The following items will be considered:  Adjusting the fiscal year 2020 and fiscal year 2021 budgets and making statutory changes relating to those budgets; […]

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Gov. Herbert presents budget recommendations for FY2021

Governor Gary Herbert presented his budget recommendations for FY2021 today at This is the Place Heritage Park.  The governor’s budget recommendations for the coming fiscal year emphasize strategic investments that plan for growth and aim to ensure a high quality of life for all Utahns.  Highlights in this year’s $20 billion budget include:  $4.9 billion […]

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Gov. Herbert Signs Nine Base Budget Bills

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 19, 2019) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed nine base budget bills into law this afternoon. This brings the total number of signed pieces of legislation from the 2019 General Legislative Session so far to 10.  Information on these bills can be found below. HB001 Higher Education Base Budget, McKell, M. […]

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Executive director of Governor’s Office of Management and Budget makes case for tax reform

In a recent op-ed published on utahpolicy.com, Kristen Cox, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, made the case for reforming Utah’s tax structure to meet the demands of the future. “If we don’t take corrective action,” Cox writes, “we will face a fiscal crisis where we will be unable to fund […]

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How I see S.B. 96: Sustainable Medicaid Expansion

Without any kind of Medicaid expansion, roughly 70,000 Utahns would be too poor to qualify for subsidies on the federal health insurance exchange, and yet would not qualify for Medicaid. We have all been concerned about filling this significant “coverage gap” in our social safety net. Meanwhile, under the Affordable Care Act, Utahns have been […]

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Governor Herbert’s 2019 State of the State Address – Full Transcript

2019 State of the State Address Governor Gary R. Herbert President Adams, Speaker Wilson, members of the Legislature, justices of the Supreme Court, Utah’s First Lady, Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Cox, other constitutional officers, and my fellow Utahns: It is an honor to address you tonight. President Adams and Speaker Wilson, congratulations for being elected […]

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Graphical Information – 2019 State of the State address

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Utah prepared to weather federal government partial shutdown.

The State of Utah is taking all necessary precautions to ensure continuity of services during a potential partial shutdown of the federal government. All state agencies that use federal funds have contingency plans in place to continue services in the event of a temporary shut down. Our Division of Finance and the Governor’s Office of […]

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Governor Herbert’s 2020 Budget Plan

It is no secret Utah is succeeding economically. Our economy is thriving, our population is expanding, and our state revenue has reached a record high. With all this prosperity, we need to plan strategically to combat the challenges of our own success. The $19 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2020 that I have proposed addresses […]

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Governor’s Press Conference with KUER 11/15/2018

Governor Gary Herbert addressed questions from local reporters on wide-ranging issues, including: Medical Marijuana (Proposition 2), Utah County Elections Issues, Lawsuits, Education Funding, and the passing of notable Utahns. Watch here:    

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