Tag: government

The free market can’t solve all our problems

Over the past several weeks, the United States has been having a long-overdue conversation about policing, including calls for police divestment. As one Dallas police chief expressed back in 2016:  “We’re asking cops to do too much in this country. We are. We’re just asking us to do too much. Every societal failure, we put

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Show them the money

This article originally appeared in City Weekly. Read it in its entirety here. In the more than five years Erin Mendenhall has served on the Salt Lake City Council, she says she’s paid babysitters more than what she’s earned coming to City Hall. When she’s asked friends to consider running for office, they’ve told her

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Meet Christian Romano, Better UTAH’s newest intern

Christian Romano is an undergraduate at the University of Utah and a Karen Shepherd Intern for Ethics and Good Government. What can a 22-year-old intern without much experience tell you about the world around us? Perhaps more than you think. Though I’m inclined to think I can’t offer any insight that you can’t conjure up

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McEntee: Fighting for the right to see state records — again

By Peg McEntee The question wouldn’t seem too hard to answer. Under Utah’s Government Records Access and Management Act, Maryann Martindale wants a list of all requests the state has provided for free because they would benefit the public or be in the public’s interest. It’s a natural, given that the state has been awfully

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New OpEd: Utah’s Transparency Problem

Over the past year, despite the public outcry over the anti-transparency HB477, Utah’s Legislature and attorney general have quietly resumed their continuing assault on the principles of open and transparent government. Yet this assault has received little attention. During the 2012 legislative session, Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, succeeded in passing SB21, which effectively stripped several

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Better UTAH Beat episode 16! New Format!

Better UTAH Communications Director Eric Ethington discusses how Utah’s Legislature and Attorney General’s office are quietly resuming their attacks on the principles of transparency and openness.

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