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Press Release: Better Utah calls on Piute County Commissioner to resign

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, Piute County Commissioner, Darin Bushman, compared Governor Herbert to Hitler and a mask order in Salt Lake County to Hitler Germany on Twitter. Chase Thomas, Alliance for a Better Utah’s executive director, issued the following statement:  “Utah …

The free market can’t solve all our problems

Over the past several weeks, the United States has been having a long-overdue conversation about policing, including calls for police divestment. As one Dallas police chief expressed back in 2016:  “We’re asking cops to do too much in this country. We are. We’re just asking us to do too much. …

Some lawmakers are already doing the work

In January of 2018, I attended a panel aimed at millennials to better understand Utah’s Legislative Session. It had been nearly a year since I had graduated from law school, and I was still struggling to find work and searching for purpose. I felt too shy to show up to …

Press Release: A Coalition of businesses and nonprofits request redacted cost estimate for Lake Powell Pipeline

Salt Lake City, UT – As Utah legislative leaders convene this week to reduce funding for essential needs like education and social services because of the pandemic, the question on many people’s minds is how much of this is being done to make way for the multi-billion dollar Lake Powell …

Press Release: Better Utah calls on Herbert to pull out National Guard

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah called for the recall of the Utah National Guard presence in Salt Lake City. Earlier on Wednesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall lifted the city’s nightly curfew after days of peaceful …

How should we rebuild?

Jonathan Ruga is the vice-chair of the Better Utah Board. Brian Jones is director of government relations at Sentry Financial. COVID-19 has impacted our world in extraordinarily negative ways. Millions have been infected, hundreds of thousands have died, many of our healthcare systems have been exposed as grossly inadequate, and …

Why is it so controversial to wear a mask?

As the person whose job it is to moderate Alliance for a Better Utah’s social media accounts, I spend an uncomfortable amount of time reading through social media posts and comments. And when it comes to comments about the pandemic and how we as a society survive and heal, it’s …

Press Release: Better Utah calls for resignation of Kaysville Mayor Katie Witt

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, in response to Mayor Katie Witt’s plan to hold a free concert in Kaysville, Alliance for a Better Utah called for her resignation. The concert would likely break state health guidelines during the Covid-19 outbreak, and could …

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