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Utah Lawmaker Mike McKell Makes False Claims During House of Representatives Debate on Coal Port Bill

This article originally appeared on Medium. Read it in its entirety here. The Utah House of Representatives passed SB248 from Rep. Mike McKell (R-Spanish Fork). As substituted, the legislation streamlines the ability for Utah counties to invest millions of dollars in an out-of-state coal port. During House debate, McKell repeatedly claimed that no taxpayer dollars

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Press Release: Sponsor makes false claims during House debate on coal port bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Without a House committee hearing, the House of Representatives passed S.B. 248 from Rep. Mike McKell, which, as substituted, streamlines the ability for Utah counties to invest millions of dollars in an out-of-state coal port. During the House debate, Rep. McKell repeatedly claimed

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Utah lawmakers reach deal to resolve budget impasse

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — The budget impasse between the House and the Senate is resolved, with Republican legislative leaders agreeing to provide only temporary funding for $320 million in government services. What that means is there will be no committment to

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‘It’s a lot like The Hunger Games’: Utah education groups react to push to spend income tax money on things beyond public schools

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Brad Asay said he was “flabbergasted” and “perplexed” to learn Tuesday that the Utah Senate had voted the night before to allow spending some of the state’s income tax, earmarked exclusively for public education, on services for the poor, the disabled and

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State lawmakers postpone contentious tax overhaul bill

This article originally appeared in the St. George News. Read it in its entirety here. A massive tax overhaul Utah lawmakers hoped to pass this session has been put on hold. Gov. Gary Herbert and top Republican legislators announced in a press conference Thursday that more time is needed to address issues related to the

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to tax bill announcement

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to the announcement that the Legislature will not be passing tax reform this session, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “We commend lawmakers for taking time on this issue and picking tax reform

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