These are issues and topics of importance for Governor Herbert.


Air Quality

“Utah is committed to ensuring the highest quality of life in the nation. To achieve this, we must address how our daily decisions combine with our unique topography and meteorology to degrade air quality throughout the state. Although air quality has improved throughout the past decade we are also more aware of the health dangers posed by air pollution. We must strive to do even better.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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Economy & Job Growth

“Utah has the strongest and fastest growing economy in the nation. Don’t just take my word for it. Our numbers speak for themselves. See them here.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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Education

“Education is an opportunity and an investment. That is why education funding remains my highest budget priority. A quality K-16 educational experience is increasingly important for success in our global economy. We need to ensure that our students receive the best possible education for the world they will inherit and shape. If we truly want to support our students then we must support our teachers. And, we must strive to create a system with clear accountability for results.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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Energy and Minerals

“With one of the most affordable electricity rates in the nation, Utah is home to a diverse array of energy and minerals, including hydrocarbons such as natural gas, oil and coal, as well as renewables like solar, wind, geothermal and hydro. Utah continues to rank nationally in the production of many renewables and minerals, including 6th for solar, 10th for coal, 11th for oil and natural gas and 3rd for geothermal – just to name a few.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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Healthcare

“The health of our state is entirely dependent on the health of our residents. Healthcare costs are ballooning across the nation, and we in Utah are working to ensure that our residents receive the highest and most thorough care through a sustainable and affordable model.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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Medical Marijuana

“I fully supports the science-supported use of substances that, under medical supervision, can improve lives. Consequently, I support efforts to allow medical researchers to better understand the medical properties of cannabis. That, in turn, will allow physicians and pharmacists to prescribe and dispense cannabis as a controlled substance in accordance to the highest standards of medical science. Our new law, H.B. 197, is an important first step in this effort.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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Public Lands

“Utah is a public lands state, and we like it that way. In recent years, too much of the discussion about good stewardship of our public lands has been polarized, leading to distorted characterizations of various policy positions. I believe that through careful deliberation, we can identify the most responsible stewardship for our varied lands. For some areas that will mean the highest level of environmental protection. For other areas that might mean allowing access for responsible outdoor recreation. And in other areas of our vast public lands, the stewardship that will provide their greatest public benefit might be sustainable natural resource development.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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Quality of Life

“The secret is out, Utah is the best state in the nation for living, working, and raising a family. With our population set to double by 2050, my greatest efforts are directed towards leaving our state with solid infrastructure, economic opportunity, and a healthy, sustainable environment for our rising generations to inherit and build upon.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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Rural Economic Development

“I would like to unite behind a goal of creating 25,000 new jobs in the 25 counties off the Wasatch Front over the next four years. Reaching that goal will require unprecedented partnerships to grow and diversify the economy in rural Utah. To that end, I will work with Lieutenant Governor Cox and the Rural Partnership Board, the private sector, and the legislature to ensure that all Utahns have the same economic opportunities. Let’s work together to create 25,000 new jobs in the rural and outlying parts of Utah.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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Tax Modernization

“In my 2020 Fiscal Year Budget Proposal I have asked the Legislature to set aside $200 million in revenue surplus so that we may provide the residents of Utah with a cut in the Sales and Use Tax. This will predominantly help our lower- and middle-income households. Additionally, I have asked the legislature to review our Sales and Use Tax Code and apply appropriate changes to better reflect our changing economy and shifts towards service-based industries.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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The Utah Way

“As Utah’s ‘Chief Bragging Officer’ I take immense pride in sharing Utah’s successes with the rest of the world. With that said, I am only a small part of our state’s success. Our state succeeds because of our people and their culture of hard work, innovation, industry, inclusivity, and compassion – what we call the ‘Utah Way.’ – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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Tourism

“Travelers seek many places and experiences: iconic destinations, peaks to summit, solitude, love, personal growth, stories to tell or maybe a home. The wise ones find their way to Utah.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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Transportation

“Utah is one of the fastest growing states in the nation and as we look into the future we see great potential for ‘growing pains’ in the realm of transportation. That is why we are proactively working to address these obstacles by investing in transportation infrastructure, and forward-looking transit options. Utah will remain the ‘Crossroads of the West’ far into the future.” – Governor Gary R. Herbert

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