Tag: utah state legislature

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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‘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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Accountability problems do damage to democratic processes

In a representative democracy like ours, accountability occurs on two fronts. On the first front,voters are accountable to themselves. They are responsible for making good decisions about who they elect, and they are responsible for many of the choices they make in their own lives. The second front, our elected leaders are ultimately accountable to

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Too many questions surround tax rebate to Utah Data Center

Considering how frequently our legislators shake their fist at the federal government, it is ironic that they’re seriously considering acting like toadies for the feds. I’m referring, of course, to SB45, a bill that would waive the taxes due on electric bills (called MIDA energy taxes) for various federal installations in Utah, but principally for

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John Swallow probe could take months to complete

It was in June of last year when we first spoke with reporters about concerns we had about John Swallow and his questionable ethics. He had made claims to a telemarketer, on a recorded call no less, that when he was elected he would be moving the Division of Consumer Protection under his jurisdiction so

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 43 – April 9, 2013

The following is the transcript from this week’s Better UTAH Beat. It aired on April 9, 2013. ——– This is Maryann Martindale of the Alliance for a Better UTAH and welcome to this week’s edition of the Better UTAH Beat. It was Socrates who famously said over 2500 years ago, “The unexamined life is not

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