Governor Ceremonially Signs 15 Clean Air Bills in Honor of Earth Day

This year, the Utah Legislature put $29 million toward improving our air quality. On this Earth Day, Gov. Gary R. Herbert ceremonially signed 15 bills that will make real progress toward cleaning up our air. These bills will bring together the efforts of state government, private business, and individuals to make sure the air we […]

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Governor Signs HB202

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 28, 2019) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed HB202 today. This brings the total number of signed pieces of legislation from the 2019 General Legislative Session so far to 12. Information on the bill can be found below. HB202 Off-premise Beer Retailer Amendments, Hawkes, T. # # #

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Governor Signs HB49

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 26, 2019) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed one bill today. This brings the total number of signed pieces of legislation from the 2019 General Legislative Session so far to 11. Information on this bill can be found below: HB49 Repatriation Transitional Tax Amendments, Eliason, S. # # #

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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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Utah submits request to the Department of Agriculture regarding federal land maintenance

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (February 28, 2019)  – The State of Utah submitted a request to the Department of Agriculture today that the U.S. Forest Service be granted greater ability to respond to threats posed by drought, climate change, insect infestations, buildup of hazardous fuels, and other challenges in designated Roadless Areas. Additional tools placed […]

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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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Gov. Herbert pushes for tax reform

A recent article published in Utah Business stressed the importance of Gov. Herbert’s recent push encouraging the Utah Legislature to modernize tax the state sales tax structure.

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EXECUTIVE ORDER Prohibiting Unlawful Workplace Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation and Ordering a Mandatory Supervisor Training Program

WHEREAS, the State of Utah does not tolerate unlawful workplace harassment, discrimination, or retaliation and is committed to providing an inclusive, respectful, and civil work environment for state employees and all citizens who interact with state government; WHEREAS, a respectful workplace reduces stress, interpersonal conflict, and absenteeism and increases job satisfaction, productivity, knowledge sharing, understanding, […]

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Gov. Herbert signs S.B. 96, Medicaid Expansion Adjustments, into law

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 11. 2019) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement this afternoon after signing SB 96, Medicaid Expansion Adjustments, into law. “SB 96 balances Utah’s sense of compassion and frugality. It provides quality coverage to the same population covered by Proposition 3 in a meaningful, humane and sustainable way. It […]

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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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