Accountability & Transparency

The fundamental purpose of our work is to maintain open and transparent government by keeping the electorate informed. Though some find it hard to believe, our state is home to a diverse population of backgrounds and perspectives. Utah citizens put a great deal of trust in local government to ensure that everyone is represented equally.

When elected government officials abuse that trust, whether by acting in accordance with their personal beliefs instead of the law, accepting “gifts” in exchange for political favors, indulging the influence of outside groups or by making important decisions in closed caucus meetings, ABU is there to speak out.

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to tax reform draft

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Tax Force released the over 100-page draft of the much-anticipated tax reform bill. The tax proposal includes restoration of the full sales tax on food, lowers the income tax rate, and proposes …

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to tax reform proposal

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force released its first draft of a new tax reform proposal. The tax proposal includes restoration of the full sales tax on food, lowers the income tax rate, and proposes eliminating …

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Press Release: Better Utah seeks action in response to Utah GOP’s illegal bylaw

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah sent a letter to the office of Utah’s Lieutenant Governor asking that action be taken in response to the Utah Republican Party’s failure to remove an illegal bylaw on their books. In …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah Staff

Voting in the time of Russia

Geek out with me for a minute: In the two-part mini-series that starts off the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, the show opens with a surprise coordinated attack by the Cylons, a race of humanoid robots originally created by humans. The attack wipes out nearly the entire population and destroys all …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah Staff

Advocacy. Transparency. Accountability.

We’ve got a new logo! We recently went through a brand adjustment, and with our new logo comes a new tagline: “Advocacy. Transparency. Accountability.” In the past, we’ve talked about our organization as being built on the pillars of “balance, transparency, and accountability.” Now, we’ve obviously changed one of the …

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Proud to be disloyal

According to recent reports, President Trump has said that Jews who vote for Democrats are either ignorant or disloyal. Though it’s unclear whether he is suggesting that a vote for Democrats is disloyal to him, to the United States, or to Israel, I will wear the badge of disloyalty with …

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Press Release: Better Utah statement on tax reform behind closed doors

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to an article in the Deseret News about yesterday’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force meeting, in which it was stated that the final tax reform proposal could possibly be crafted in a closed GOP caucus …

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Press Release: Senator Vickers’ business interests reveal further issues with the Legislature’s handling of Props 2 and 3

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, a story about Senator Vickers’ business interests in the pharmaceutical industry broke. Sen. Vickers, the Senate Majority Leader, has two family-owned pharmacies in Iron County which distribute 34 percent of the County’s opiates–more than even Walmart’s pharmacy. …

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