Tag: Gov. Herbert

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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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Romney criticizes Trump clearing out peaceful protesters to make way for photo op

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney met Wednesday with Utah National Guard soldiers deployed to Washington, D.C., to help deal with protests over the death of a black man in police custody, as a left-leaning group in Utah urged the governor to call the troops home. Also Wednesday,

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Utah’s no-bid contracts guided by personal contacts, CEO suggestions

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. In the war on COVID-19, Utah has doled out more than $84 million in no-bid contracts and supply orders outside the normal purchasing process designed to promote transparency, fairness and competition among businesses. These procurement shortcuts were necessary during the pandemic, officials argue, to cope with the urgent need for protective

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Gov. Herbert signs bill requiring him to consult with legislative leaders during emergencies

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday endorsed one final bill from the Legislature’s recent coronavirus-related special session — a proposal that requires him to consult with House and Senate leaders before taking emergency action. The mandate means Herbert must now give a heads-up to legislators at least 24 hours ahead of an

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Utah auditor reviewing $800K buy of anti-malarial drugs, other COVID-19 purchases

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — Utah State Auditor John Dougall confirmed Friday his office is reviewing the state’s $800,000 purchase of anti-malarial drugs — a controversial move that raised red flags from pharmacists and medical professionals, and has since been refunded. “Yes, we’re looking into it,” Dougall told the Deseret News when asked

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Scrutinized malaria drug purchase to be refunded in Utah

This article originally appeared on KSL News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will be refunded for a $800,000 purchase it spent to buy a malaria drug once touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus despite warnings from doctors, officials said Wednesday. Leaders in both Utah and Oklahoma have faced scrutiny for spending millions of dollars combined to purchase the

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Op-ed: Utah’s governor, Legislature are both half right

Source: Deseret News In the battle over the process for replacing U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the governor and the Legislature are each half right, but their refusal to compromise is wrong for Utah. On April 19, Rep. Chaffetz announced he would not stand for re-election in the 3rd Congressional District. In the immediate aftermath, members

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Op-ed: Make the wealthy pay more to improve Utah education

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Utah’s education system is in crisis. Our education outcomes for each demographic group lag far behind our peers across the nation. Our student-to-teacher ratio is second worst in the country. Our per-pupil funding is dead last. Our massive teacher shortage is completely understandable. Would you want to be a teacher

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Further Medicaid Expansion Depends on Elections in 2016

Source: Bloomberg Voters’ decisions in this fall’s gubernatorial elections could determine Medicaid expansion in three key states. Of the 19 states that haven’t expanded the program, three—Missouri, North Carolina and Utah—will elect a governor in 2016. Medicaid expansion was introduced as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and makes states eligible to receive

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Governor’s primary racking up big-time donations

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Real estate developers, energy producers, health care companies and banking and finance interests have flooded Gov. Gary Herbert’s campaign with more than $2.4 million since his last election, according to an analysis of the governor’s campaign finance reports. Those four sectors have made up more than half of the $4.4

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