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Frequently Asked Questions on SB 96

Q: Why bother with voter initiatives if the government is going to replace what the voters wanted? Government should come from the people. We voted, it passed, make it work. A: Voter initiatives are a vital part of Utah’s lawmaking process. They provide a way to address important issues that lawmakers may have been slow […]

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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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Governor’s Award for Excellence Ceremony 2017

Utah is a place where people serve. There are many people employed in this great state, but those who keep it running are called public servants. They serve to maintain success, and strive to make life better for every citizen. Each state employee hopes to do well at their job, and few of them seek […]

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Safeguarding Utah’s charitable donations

By Kristen Cox, executive director, governor’s Office of Management and Budget During 2014, the Utah Department of Commerce’s Division of Consumer Protection registered approximately 4,500 charitable organizations.  Registering charitable organizations is just one of many ways the division works to protect consumers. Due to the high volume of very labor intensive work—a typical registration requires […]

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Keys to the governor’s budget

By Kristen Cox, executive director, governor’s Office of Management and Budget Gov. Herbert’s budget proposes right-sizing the amount of funding currently earmarked from sales and use tax in order to invest in education while also addressing the need to fund transportation for the long-term. The significant growth in earmarks merits review and a full understanding […]

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Going Above and Beyond: Governor Announces 100,000 Jobs in 1,000 Days Results

  When Gov. Herbert took office back in 2009, the unemployment rate in Utah was 8.4 percent. In January 2012, the unemployment rate in Utah dropped to 5.8 percent. Although significantly lower than the high of 8.4, we knew Utah could do better. During the 2012 State of the State address, Gov. Herbert set a […]

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