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/TransparencyBlog

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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Accountability/TransparencyHealthcare

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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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

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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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Press Release: 2019 Legislative Progress Report Shows Poor Progress From Utah Legislators

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Alliance for a Better Utah released their annual Legislative Scorecard today, this year under a new name: Legislative Progress Report. As a whole, the House and Senate both averaged a C grade. “The process of scoring votes is …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Press Release: 78,000 Utahns Left Out On First Day Of Medicaid Enrollment

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to the first day of Medicaid enrollment following implementation of limited Medicaid expansion, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “Thanks to the hard work of advocates, activists, and …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Wasted time

Sitting on the deep green plushy seats in the House gallery on one of my first days of the 2019 session, I remember coming to the Capitol as a child and how extravagant that room seemed at the time. I hear a Representative request a “personal privilege” from the Speaker, …

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Press Release: Senators Lee and Romney must support making Mueller report public

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, news broke that Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation has been delivered to Attorney General Barr. A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would require that the Mueller investigation be made public, …

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