Press Release: Conclusion of S.B. 54 Controversy is a Win for the People of Utah

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Following this morning’s denial of certiorari by the United States Supreme Court in the appeal of the Utah Republican Party over S.B. 54, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “The …

Press Release: Tax Revenue Funds Programs We All Use

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee heard H.B. 441, Tax Equalization and Reduction Act. Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement on the bill and the meeting: “Taxes create essential …

Press Release: Proposed Inland Port Modifications Make Bad Process Even Worse

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 27, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – With only fifteen days left in the annual legislative session, Rep. Francis Gibson has released H.B. 433, a bill that proposes numerous changes to the structure of the recently created Utah Inland Port Authority. The proposal would expand …

Guest opinion: More Americans voting is not a Democratic ‘power grab’

This article originally appeared in Utah Policy. Last month, Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to denounce the recently released bill designated by the new Democratic House majority as its priority legislation for the session. Attacking the idea of making Election Day a public holiday, a …

NIMBY syndrome

As a progressive Utahn, there were several things for me to be enthused about after last November’s election. Propositions 2, 3 and 4 passed, and Ben McAdams won Mia Love’s congressional seat. But something decidedly unprogressive also happened that night, which dampened my enthusiasm. Voters in Holladay rejected the proposed …

Commentary: Our Utah representatives are not representing us

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. On Nov. 6, the voters of Utah voiced their demands loud and clear: We want Medicaid expansion, and we want it now. We want medical marijuana, and we want it now. The majority of Utah voters approved of both ballot initiatives, with …

Commentary: Utah’s water supply needs proper research

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Water. It’s a hot topic in our dry, desert state. It’s been politicized, debated and disputed for countless years. The one thing it hasn’t been: researched. At least not properly. Living beneath the weight of the constant threat of drought, Utah’s residents …

Commentary: Utah needs to reach across its urban-rural divide

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. In Utah, it pays to be part of the crowd. The state is the ninth most urbanized in the nation, with 90 percent of the people packed together on just 1 percent of the land — mostly along the Wasatch Front. And along the Wasatch Front, business is booming. According to the Utah …

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