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 22, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – After the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force committed a “Friday news dump” by releasing the latest version of its tax reform proposal late in the afternoon today, Alliance for a Better Utah’s executive director, Chase Thomas, issued …

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Chris Stewart: Trump’s Loyal Sycophant

A recent poll found that 70% of Americans are closely watching the ongoing impeachment hearings. I am one of those Americans, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since I work in politics. Whether it’s listening to the proceedings on my phone while commuting or watching the livestream on …

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Press Release: Better Utah Calls for Removal of Oil and Gas Director

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2019 BETTER UTAH CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF OIL AND GAS DIRECTOR Salt Lake City, UT – On Tuesday afternoon, legislative auditors released the results of their investigation into the Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining, revealing a lack of oversight by the division …

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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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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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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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