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Gov. Gary Herbert: Why Utah needed tax reform

The following Op-Ed was initially published in the Deseret News on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Utah governance is defined not only by our thriving and diverse economy, but also by our willingness to look down the road and tackle tough issues before they become a crisis.  Reforming tax policy is always difficult. It’s technical, it’s […]

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Gov. Herbert, Lt. Governor Cox and industry leaders announce funding for computer science in all Utah schools

SALT LAKE CITY (December 9, 2019) – In an event this morning at the State Capitol, Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced his intent to dedicate $10.2 million in his upcoming budget recommendations to the legislature to ensure every K-12 student in the state has access to computer science education. Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and […]

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Inter-Governmental Agreement Signed by Utah and the Navajo Nation

On Monday, Feb. 4, Governor Gary R. Herbert joined Navajo Nation leaders, the Utah Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and the Office of the Attorney General in signing an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between the State of Utah and the Utah Navajo Nation. The agreement reinforces Utah’s commitment to […]

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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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Governor’s response to the arrests of former attorneys general

Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the arrests of former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow: “This is a sad day for Utah. The entire situation, regardless of how the legal process plays out, is a black eye for our state. While we respect the rule of law and due process, […]

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Independence Day

  *The following contains highlights from the Governor’s Independence Day Sunrise Service remarks, given this morning  Since the 2nd Continental Congress approved Richard Henry Lee’s motion for independence on July 2nd, 1776, John Adams told his wife Abigail that is the day our nation’s independence would likely be celebrated every year thereafter.  “I am apt to […]

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Letter of Condolences

By Governor Gary R. Herbert   Dear Governor Janice K. Brewer, Jeanette and I offer our heartfelt condolences to you and the residents of Arizona for the tragic loss of the nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot fire crew. The fallen firefighters were heroic public servants who sacrificed their lives in order to protect […]

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2012 Energy Summit

by Governor Gary R. Herbert A few months ago, I had the opportunity to visit the site at Camp Williams where the National Security Agency is building its first Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative (CNCI) Data Center – which will be called, simply, the Utah Data Center when it is complete. TheUtahDataCenteris a nearly $2 billion […]

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Event of the Week: Honoring Our Nisei Veterans

By Gary R. Herbert Governor I was  privileged to honor the Nisei Veterans  of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion, and the Military Intelligence Service on Veterans Day. I was overcome with feelings of honor and reverence as we paid tribute to these true American heroes. Their story is one to be […]

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