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BETTER UTAH RENEWS CALL FOR ADEQUATE PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING

Salt Lake City – In a letter sent to the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Alliance for a Better Utah renewed its call for the Utah Legislature to adequately fund our failing public education system. The letter was sent to the chairs and members of the subcommittee as they met during the Interim Session held this

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Better Utah Responds to Lake Powell Pipeline License Application

Salt Lake City – Following the news that state officials submitted a licensing application for the Lake Powell Pipeline, the Alliance for a Better Utah criticized state leaders for the manner in which they have moved forward with this highly controversial project. “Throughout this past session, Senator Adams, along with several other legislators pushing water

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Niederhauser & ALEC – What UTAH POLICY Failed To Say

Utah Policy sang the praises of Sen. Niederhauser in his current position as treasurer of the corporate lobbying group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), but failed to inform readers of the troubling positions of the organization and the influential role it has on shaping state policy without any public knowledge.

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OpEd: Healthy Utah’s failure shows legislators out of mainstream

No one should get everything they want from a legislative session. Good policy comes from negotiation, compromise and listening to the will of the people. Unfortunately, the 2015 session again demonstrates the result of failing to adhere to those principles. There were high points to be sure. Widely supported statewide anti-discrimination legislation finally passed. Elation

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Kicking the Healthy Utah can down the road.

The gavel fell at midnight last Thursday marking the end of the 2015 Legislative session. But even though the legislature passed 524 new bills, they left the most important bill sitting on the table–Healthy Utah Medicaid Expansion. Once again, tens of thousands of Utahns are left without coverage, unable to get preventative care and left

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Gov’s Healthy Utah Plan hits a hurdle at task force meeting

Salt Lake City — The Utah Legislature’s Health Reform Task Force opted today for more of the same by passing a motion not to recommend Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan. Herbert’s plan would provide insurance, at minimal cost to the state, to tens of thousands of Utahns who earn less than other Utahns. In light

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Legislature playing God in debate over healthcare

Here in Utah, the debate over Medicaid Expansion has gone back and forth for more than two years now. It was clear from the beginning that although it would be the simplest and least expensive way to cover the most people, full expansion would never win the support of our elected officials. In fact, in

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More days equals more damage from the Utah Legislature

In just under 70 days the Utah State Legislature will meet for its annual 45-day session. There is a move among some legislators to push for a longer session. Utah has one of the shortest sessions in the country. We have a calendar-day session, meaning that once you take out weekends and holidays we are

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