Press Release: Lawmakers repeal the will of Utahns again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2020

Salt Lake City, UT – Today it was announced that lawmakers on Capitol Hill are planning on repealing Proposition 4. 

Chase Thomas, executive director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:

“A repeal of Proposition 4 is a blow to democracy. Not only are GOP lawmakers once again expressly overturning the will of the people, they are now attacking the principle that voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. This is a purely political move. This time they can’t hide behind economic or moral excuses — they’re trying to preserve their power at the expense of the people.

“If voters haven’t realized it by now — after Prop 2, Prop 3, and the botched tax reform Utahns must now come to the realization that our Legislature won’t change unless we, the voters, change the makeup of the Legislature. Elections matter, and we will spend every waking moment between now and the November 2020 election reminding the people of Utah how little their representatives value our voices.


Alliance for a Better Utah is a nonprofit that holds politicians accountable and advocates for progressive policies that make Utah an even better place. The organization improves the lives of all Utahns through advocacy, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at

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7 thoughts on “Press Release: Lawmakers repeal the will of Utahns again”

    1. It is far from a theocracy but more of a Swamp of good ol boys partying each other in theback. We need to find honest people that will work for We The People’s interest and not all the lobbyist. Herbert is a prime example of having his own agenda peddled by money influencers…rather than having the public’s best interest. He rode in on Huntsman and Huntsman he is not!

  1. I agree with Nicole-start a petition, I will also sign. I am a Republican, however, I can’t get behind any law or change that further restricts the very people who put them in office. They are elected to represent US-PERIOD. But time and again, they only represent themselves or people with money. I say clean house and vote them ALL out and I mean all that support this type of rejection of the people’s voice. No doubt there are a few good representatives, but it appears the bad ones outnumber them.

  2. A simple signature petition is a waste of time and energy. There’s nothing verifiable, it’s mostly symbolic. You can see that they don’t care about an extensive, expensive statewide initiative campaign. A referendum has more weight but replicating the tax rebellion would be tricky. The grocery store buy-in made all the difference. I’d suggest it’s much better to contact your legislators by phone, text, email and in person to let them know this is not acceptable. Even more powerful would be to run against them. There is still a small window of time to declare your candidacy. All Representatives are up for re-election and about half of the Senate has to defend their seats. We need to replace these losers. If we can’t shake it up in Nov of 2020 after all these slaps in the face, shame on the citizenry.

    1. If you actually signed the tax proposition in Utah, you’d know that they verified your identity and address. It was just as much verification as voting.

  3. When lawmakers make policies, they are making value statements. When lawmakers make policies that disregard and undermine the voice of the people, they are making statements about their low value of the public voice. What they don’t realize is that they are increasing the public distrust of their policy-making, generally. And then they complain about what uninformed, disrespectful rabble-rousers the public is.
    For me, as a activist and state representative, I believe in and learn from people and admire those who understand issues and build on all our First Amendment rights to educate and peacefully resist uninformed lawmakers and policies.

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