Utah has a long way to go to be a leader in water quality. From mine tailing contamination to algal blooms to depleting water supply, Utah faces a potential water crisis. Fortunately, Utah is trying to fix the problem, but that process is speckled by pros and cons. The Good Governor Herbert requested a
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Income Tax Working Group, Utah Tax Review Commission: August 2017 You can always count on Senator Dabakis to make even the most mundane meetings exciting. During Utah Tax Review Commission’s meeting on Utah income tax system, Senator Dabakis made sure to ask tough questions and push-back when he saw potential inequity in the tax code.
Healthcare and All that Good Stuff: August 2017 It was a busy week on the hill for healthcare committees. Legislators heard from various groups on medicaid expansion, insurance premiums, and general healthcare structures. Healthcare Systems Legislators heard from the The Commonwealth Fund, which included a presentation on the general health of the healthcare system, comparison
Commission on Federalism: August 2017 Ah, Federalism — Utah legislators’ favorite topic. Representative Ivory is still pushing for a scholarship essay, in which students detail “how federalism secures the blessings of liberty.” President Niederhauser elicited a round of applause for lamenting the loss of state sovereignty, and Senator Dayton claimed the federal government is trying to
Property Tax Working Group, Utah Tax Review Commission – 8/22/17 When somebody says “fun legislative committee meeting,” what’s the first thought that pops into your head?? Well, obviously Property Tax Reform!!! During August’s Interim Session, the legislature met to discuss property taxes as part of its broader review of Utah’s tax system. Miraculously, I managed
Education Interim Committee – 8/23/17 Education–it’s important! However, as we all know “action speak louder than words,” and while our legislators continue to speak tough on funding education, their actions continue to say otherwise. During August’s Interim Session, legislators met and discussed the topic of “Educator Salaries and Retention,” and although it seems like everyone