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Governor Appoints Judge Paige Petersen to Utah Supreme Court

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Judge Paige Petersen to serve as a justice on the Utah Supreme Court. If confirmed Judge Petersen will fill the vacancy created by Justice Christine Durham, who will retire on Nov. 15, 2017. “The judicial appointments I make are among the most significant and enduring things I will do […]

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Honoring and caring for our veterans

“Let us never forget to honor, respect and thank our veterans for defending America, safeguarding our freedom and inspiring millions around the world with a love of liberty.” – Gov. Gary R. Herbert, at the state’s official Memorial Day observance Speaking to veterans and their families at the Salt Lake William E. Christoffersen Veterans Home, […]

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Government services are high tech, best for Utahns

When it comes to government and technology, Utah is at the top of the list. The Center for Digital Government announced today the state of Utah again topped the Digital States Survey.  Conducted every two years, the survey is the most comprehensive review of best practices, policies, and progress made by state governments in their […]

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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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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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It’s a Rich State 7-peat for Utah

They say winning never gets old, and when it comes to the Rich States, Poor States index, Utah knows it firsthand. “Utah’s ranking as the top state in Rich States, Poor States goes to show the importance of the work we have done to maximize the value of every taxpayer dollar rather than taking more […]

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Washington Post heralds Gov. Herbert as “most popular”

While much of the national media focuses on governors with potential presidential aspirations, The Washington Post recently turned the spotlight to America’s most popular governor. “The most popular governor in the country?” the headline asked. “You’ve probably never heard of him.” More than any other governor in his or her respective state, Gov. Gary R. […]

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Utah lauded for ability to “manage uncertainty”

In its February 2014 report, Managing Uncertainty, The Pew Charitable Trust lauds Utah for its proactive approach to improving the state’s long-term fiscal health and managing budget uncertainty. Managing the budget and correctly forecasting revenue is not always smooth sailing. One of the best ways for policymakers to chart a steady course despite persistent financial […]

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