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Little to report from Utah tax reform task force until town halls start next week

This story originally appeared on deseret.com. Read it in its entirety here. There wasn’t much to say during the first official report of the Legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force to lawmakers on Wednesday. “No work has been done. Of course, I’m joking,” Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, told …

Salt Lake Chamber scraps plan for pricey ‘off-record’ meeting with lawmakers

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — It started with a flyer. Then it quickly unraveled as the Deseret News began asking questions. The flyer — sent to members of the Salt Lake Chamber — asked for a minimum …

Salt Lake County Council reaches compromise on immigration resolution.

This article originally appeared in City Weekly. Read it in its entirety here. After a sometimes-contentious debate, the Salt Lake County Council struck a compromise Tuesday over Councilwoman Shireen Ghorbani’s resolution to affirm the county’s commitment to welcoming immigrants and to pressure Utah’s congressional delegation to address federal immigration reform. …

Former Utah County commissioner sues colleagues over sexual harassment claim

This article originally appeared at KSL.com. You can read it in its entirety here. A former Utah County commissioner is suing the onetime employee who he says falsely accused him of sexual harassment, along with the county leaders who publicly released the allegation in 2017. Greg Graves alleges his fellow commissioners sought …

SLC mayoral debate will include all 8 primary candidates; ABU polling shows Dabakis with commanding lead

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. All eight of the candidates for Salt Lake City mayor will be allowed to participate in a debate later this month, a concession by organizers after plans to include only the top four, based on …

No proposed fixes and no public comment at first tax reform task force meeting

This article originally appeared in Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — There were no proposed fixes to the state’s tax structure discussed during the first meeting Thursday of a new legislative task force formed after lawmakers backed away last session from imposing sales taxes …

Comprehensive sex-ed is violence prevention

I was 18 years old and a few months into my first semester at college when I was sexually assaulted by a friend in the dorms. It was an event that left me shattered. I felt dirty and broken. Every time I showered I felt disgusted by the sight of …

Hundreds rally at Utah Capitol to protest abortion bans in the state and around the country

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. More than 300 people joined a rally at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday as part of a national movement to oppose abortion bans passed by state legislatures attempting to challenge the 1973 Supreme Court ruling …

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