Tag: COVID-19

Government leaders should not be legitimizing misinformation

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today in the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, a presentation was given by Kristen Chevrier from Vaccine Freedom Utah and Open for Business. The presentation, originally titled Business Medical Regulation Protection Act, quickly devolved into a platform for spreading misinformation about

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2 quick ways to take action on Utah’s COVID response

With the Delta variant spreading like wildfire, vaccination rates lower than hoped, and implementation of mask mandates made overly-political and difficult—or in the case of public schools, outright illegal (thanks to the Utah Legislature)—many Utahns are worried about how their communities will fare in the coming weeks and months with schools reopening and public gatherings

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Better Utah responds to Endgame bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Utah’s House of Representatives voted 51-20 to pass HB294, the pandemic “Endgame” bill from Representative Paul Ray. The bill would establish an “end date” to the pandemic based on arbitrary data.  Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the

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Serving the one and serving the many

A few years ago on my way home from work, I came upon an older woman balancing a bag of groceries on her walker as she headed for her apartment. I quickly offered a hand and she and I went up the steps together as I carried her groceries. As I walked away, I felt

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Covid-19 audit shows troubling lack of leadership

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to today’s release of the COVID-19 purchase and emergency response audit by Utah State Auditor John Dugall, Chase Thomas, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “Although politicians like to brag that Utah is the best

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Better Utah Op-Ed

Katie Matheson: Parents should not face pandemic alone

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. I’m a parent. And like many parents, I often struggle to know what is best for my kids. That comes with the territory of parenting regardless of global events, but is especially true during a pandemic. My latest challenge — knowing whether or not to send my kid to in-person school

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Prioritizing people during a pandemic

Chiara Kim is a policy intern with Alliance for a Better Utah. My non-verbal, autistic brother moved into a group home when he was 14. In the six years since, my family has been grateful for the services that state funding has helped provide. The residential staff, behavioral therapist, day program, and disability services all

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Press Release: Better Utah calls on Piute County Commissioner to resign

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, Piute County Commissioner, Darin Bushman, compared Governor Herbert to Hitler and a mask order in Salt Lake County to Hitler Germany on Twitter. Chase Thomas, Alliance for a Better Utah’s executive director, issued the following statement:  “Utah is a place for everyone.

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Better Utah in the News

Kaysville City Council issues censure letter for Mayor Katie Witt over her push for public concert amid pandemic

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. KAYSVILLE — The Kaysville City Council released a letter of censure Wednesday aimed at Mayor Katie Witt expressing deep concerns for her support of a public concert despite health directives and asking her to resign. The letter is on the agenda for Thursday’s City Council meeting, when the censure will be put

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Better Utah in the News

Kaysville City Council passes resolution denouncing a planned protest concert and mayor’s actions to support it

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. The Kaysville City Council — in a revolt against Mayor Katie Witt — was considering turning on sprinklers and cutting power to a city park to stop a protest concert she backed there that openly aimed to defy state COVID-19 restrictions. Word about these possible city actions was enough Thursday to chase

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