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Utah lawmakers reach deal to resolve budget impasse

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — The budget impasse between the House and the Senate is resolved, with Republican legislative leaders agreeing to provide only temporary funding for $320 million in government services. What that means is there …

‘It’s a lot like The Hunger Games’: Utah education groups react to push to spend income tax money on things beyond public schools

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Brad Asay said he was “flabbergasted” and “perplexed” to learn Tuesday that the Utah Senate had voted the night before to allow spending some of the state’s income tax, earmarked exclusively for public education, on services for …

Press Release: Senators Lee and Romney must vote for resolution to block Trump’s false emergency

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – In February following President Trump’s unnecessary declaration of a state of emergency over border wall funding, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to block the declaration. This week, the Senate is expected to vote on the …

Guest opinion: Take one small step to prevent gun violence

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. A few years back, I had the opportunity to experience a slice of Canadian gun control first-hand. I was visiting my sister in Ontario for a birthday celebration, and we may have taken the idea of open-door festivities too far because we …

Salt Lake Chamber invite to pay $10K to talk inland port raises pay-to-play questions

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — Derek Miller is the most powerful member on the Utah Inland Port Authority board. As chairman, he runs the meetings. He steers the discussion. He sets the agendas. Meanwhile, Miller wears another …

Job Opening: Development Director

Alliance for a Better Utah (www.betterutah.org) is a Salt Lake City, Utah based nonprofit organization that focuses on multi-issue advocacy and education in traditional and digital media, as well as political accountability. Formed in 2011, Better Utah has been the leading progressive voice in Utah, changing the narrative on issues …

Senate to debate bill to delay effective date of voter-approved ballot measures to give Legislature a chance to ‘fix’ them

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. After legislators repealed and replaced two ballot initiatives passed by voters in November, a trio of bills designed to change the ballot initiative process is nearing the finish line. The Senate Government Operations Committee approved …

State lawmakers postpone contentious tax overhaul bill

This article originally appeared in the St. George News. Read it in its entirety here. A massive tax overhaul Utah lawmakers hoped to pass this session has been put on hold. Gov. Gary Herbert and top Republican legislators announced in a press conference Thursday that more time is needed to …

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