Equality

The Beehive State has surprised the nation more than a few times – Salt Lake City ranks as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country, and we elected our first female state senator in 1896 – but we still have a long way to go. Utah ranks 47th in the nation the percentage of women in elected office. Our hate crime laws are vague and ineffective; recent efforts to strengthen the language have been only weakly supported. Local government officials have openly refused to retract racist statements.

Every Utahn deserves to lead a safe and productive life, regardless of their gender, sexual identity, or the color of their skin.

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to tax reform draft

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Tax Force released the over 100-page draft of the much-anticipated tax reform bill. The tax proposal includes restoration of the full sales tax on food, lowers the income tax rate, and proposes …

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2019 BillsBetter Utah Board

Victims of Communism Day is no way to counter disenchantment with capitalism

If you weren’t even aware today is Victims of Communism Day in Utah, you’re likely not alone. Nothing other than rhetoric is planned, apparently, for the day mandated by a new Utah law. That’s because Victims of Communism Day is little more than a political volley, a manifestation of the …

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Better Utah StaffBlog

Reclaiming “witch”

“Show me your witches, and I’ll show you your feelings about women.” -Pam Grossman, on society’s use of the term “witch”.  Being a feminist with a support system has its perks. For example, all my friends enthusiastically affirm my decision not to have children and I never face a moral …

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Time for Utah to be pro-family in action, not just words

This commentary originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Recently, a group of Utah lawmakers introduced a “pro-family” bill package featuring expanded contraceptive access, comprehensive sex education, infertility coverage, childcare options and family leave policies. As a parent, I was impressed. If we are serious about wanting to be a …

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Better Utah StaffBlog

I want to be proud to be an American

Recently, I read an article (of which it seems there is no shortage these days) lamenting the partisan divide in our country. It used a couple examples from a new study to show how conservatives and liberals misunderstand each other: Democrats tend to assume Republicans don’t believe racism exists (most …

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Stop the bans

Earlier this week I was honored to have been asked to speak at a rally hosted by Planned Parenthood, the theme of which was, “Stop the [abortion] Bans.” This rally was a part of a national day of action in response to the recent slew of anti-abortion laws that have …

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Press Release: Some Utah Republicans are working to undermine Utah’s Hate Crimes law

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to a proposed resolution seeking to repeal SB103, Utah’s newly minted hate crimes law, at the Utah GOP convention next week, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “It …

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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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