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.

Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

Legislative scorecard: How Southern Utah’s lawmakers rank among Sierra Club, Libertas Institute, others

This article originally appeared in Utah Channel 3. Read it in its entirety here. ST. GEORGE — Following the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session in March, St. George News created a scorecard showing how state lawmakers representing Southern Utah voted on the matters our readers followed most. In the same …

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Press Release: Better Utah comments on anticipated first tax reform meeting

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Following the failure of HB441, the tax reform bill from the 2019 legislative session, the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force was formed to take on the gargantuan task of tax reform. In recent weeks, various politicians have …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

LDS Church is assigning ‘specialists’ to help members become more politically active. Dems worry it may make Utah even more GOP.

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Virtually every year, Latter-day Saint leaders read a statement over the pulpit, reaffirming the faith’s political neutrality while encouraging members to be informed about issues, vote in elections, run for office and support candidates who …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

Legislative scorecard: How Southern Utah’s lawmakers rank among Sierra Club, Libertas Institute, others

This article originally appeared in St. George News. Read it in its entirety here. ST. GEORGE — Following the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session in March, St. George News created a scorecard showing how state lawmakers representing Southern Utah voted on the matters our readers followed most. In the same …

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Press Release: Better Utah reacts to CFPB elimination bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, a bill which would eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was reintroduced. The bill is sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and co-sponsored by Senator Mike Lee, among others. The CFPB was created after the 2008 …

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Press Release: Riverton City Council is out of bounds

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Tonight, Riverton City Council will discuss a resolution that would support an anti-choice stance on a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions. Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: …

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Accountability/TransparencyBetter Utah in the News

How Utah members of Congress see the Mueller report

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — Utah members of Congress want to move on from special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report, but others in the state say not so fast — especially when it comes to obstruction of …

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Have you checked out Better Utah’s new Progress Report?

It can be tough to know if your legislators are doing a good job. State representatives tend to slide under the radar, and local elections just aren’t as sexy! We get it, but we also believe supporting good local candidates is the way to make your vote go the distance. …

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