Governor appoints Spencer Walsh to the First District Court

SALT LAKE CITY (September 4, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Spencer Walsh as a judge for the First District Court. “Spencer Walsh will be an exceptional addition to the First District Court,” said Gov. Herbert. He has distinguished himself as a knowledgeable, thoughtful attorney and his experience and skills will make him […]

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Governor Issues Executive Orders

 Orders Lower Restrictions in Salt Lake and Sevier Counties, Extend Requirements for Face Coverings in State Facilities  SALT LAKE CITY (September 4, 2020) – In close consultation with local health authorities and with the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order moving Salt Lake City to the Low Level […]

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Governor Signs 19 Bills

SALT LAKE CITY (August 31, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed 19 bills. This brings the total number of signed pieces of legislation from the Sixth Special Session so far to 19. Information on these bills can be found below: HB6001 Uniform Electronic Wills Act, Snow, L.  HB6002  Supplemental Budget Balancing and Coronavirus Relief […]

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Governor appoints Phil Dean as Interim Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug 28, 2020) – Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Phil Dean to serve as interim Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget upon the leave of former director, Kristen Cox.  “I am confident in Phil and in his ability to lead my office of management and budget,” said Gov. […]

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Utah Students Hold Lowest Student Debt in the Nation

As the nation continues to see student loan debt climb, Utah has emerged as the leading state for reducing this burden. According to research by LendEDU, Utah’s students graduated on average with a debt burden of just $16,333—the lowest in the nation. This impressive feat was nearly $4,000 lower than second-place New Mexico and almost […]

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Utah Ranked Best Economy in U.S.

24/7 Wall Street recently ranked Utah as having the best economy in the nation. The financial analysis publication ranked all 50 states’ economies based on several important metrics, including 5 year annualized GDP and unemployment growth rate. Utah placed first in the 2020 rankings, after taking third the previous year.  The state was propelled to […]

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Protecting Lives and Livelihoods During COVID-19

The oft-repeated mantra of Utah state government during this pandemic revolves around “protecting lives and livelihoods.” Utahns will have undoubtedly heard some iteration of this phrase spoken in press conferences, included in data releases, and posted across social media. But what does it actually mean?  As the state works to limit the spread of coronavirus, […]

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Why Utah Remains in a State of Emergency

The information in this post was adapted from coronavirus.utah.gov. Over the past 170 days, Utah has been under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus. Governor Herbert first issued an executive order placing the state under this status on March 6. The last state of emergency expired on August 20, and as a result, […]

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Gov. Herbert Announces a Utah Statewide Effort to Train and Certify 5,000 Students for Cloud Careers by June 2022 with Amazon Web Services

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug 6, 2020) – Today, the Talent Ready Utah Center, housed in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new initiative to provide AWS cloud computing courses and learning resources to 5,000 students in Utah by June 2022.  In this effort, Utah will work with the AWS […]

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Governor Herbert Reissues Seven Executive Orders

SALT LAKE CITY (August 20, 2020) – Today, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued seven Executive Orders. All the executive orders that were issued today replace orders that will expire when the current state of emergency expires at midnight tonight. The executive orders include:  Executive Order 2020-51, Declaring a State of Emergency Due to the […]

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