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Governor Issues Executive Order Adopting Updated Phased Guidelines and the State Health Department Issues Public Health Order Mandating Masks in all K-12 Schools

SALT LAKE CITY (July 17, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order adopting version 4.8 of the Phased Guidelines. The updated guidelines allow, but do not require, schools in the Orange (Medium Risk) Phase to open and provide some level of in-person instruction. The order is effective immediately and will remain […]

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Utah Recognized as one of the Best States for Child Well-Being

Utah recently gained high praise and recognition for its excellence in childhood well-being from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In their 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Foundation ranked Utah 4th out of all 50 states for child well-being. This heartening result speaks to the hard work of many parents, educators, and community members who […]

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Senate Confirms Governor’s Appointments to New Higher Education Governance Board

SALT LAKE CITY (May 18, 2020) – The Utah Senate has confirmed Governor Herbert’s appointments to the newly-formed Utah Board of Higher Education. This restructured governance of higher education, outlined in SB111, Higher Education Amendments, combines the Utah System of Higher Education and the Utah System of Technical Colleges to create a unified system with […]

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Gov. Herbert presents budget recommendations for FY2021

Governor Gary Herbert presented his budget recommendations for FY2021 today at This is the Place Heritage Park.  The governor’s budget recommendations for the coming fiscal year emphasize strategic investments that plan for growth and aim to ensure a high quality of life for all Utahns.  Highlights in this year’s $20 billion budget include:  $4.9 billion […]

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Governor Herbert and Staff Visit Franklin Elementary School, Read to Students

Governor Herbert and his staff visited Franklin Elementary School in Salt Lake City on April 18, 2019 to distribute donated books and read to the children. In an assembly, the students of Franklin Elementary and their teachers gathered and listened attentively to Governor Herbert’s petition to get a good education and reach their full potential. […]

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Governor Herbert’s 2020 Budget Plan

It is no secret Utah is succeeding economically. Our economy is thriving, our population is expanding, and our state revenue has reached a record high. With all this prosperity, we need to plan strategically to combat the challenges of our own success. The $19 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2020 that I have proposed addresses […]

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Gov. Herbert Unveils Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2019

Gov. Gary R. Herbert revealed his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 today at Davis Technical College. While the budget may not sound like the most exciting component of government work, drafting a budget proposal for our legislature is one of the governor’s most important constitutional duties, and an important aspect of shaping Utah’s future. […]

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Governor unveils fiscal year 2017 education-focused blueprint to prepare for Utah’s growth

December 9, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 9, 2015) – Education is once again the governor’s top budget priority with nearly 70 percent of new money in the state budget devoted to education. The recommendations are an integral part of the statewide goal to place Utah among the nation’s top-10 states in academic performance. State […]

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