Tag: will of the people

Press Release: Alliance for a Better Utah statement on Prop 4 compromise

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, lawmakers and Better Boundaries came to a compromise on the Prop 4 replacement bill. Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “A majority of Utahns passed Proposition 4 to prevent gerrymandering in our state. With

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Press Release: Lawmakers repeal the will of Utahns again

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today it was announced that lawmakers on Capitol Hill are planning on repealing Proposition 4.  Chase Thomas, executive director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement: “A repeal of Proposition 4 is a blow to democracy. Not only are GOP

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7 Ways to recommit to progress

We’re only a month into 2020 and it has already felt like the longest year of my life. January was a jam-packed month. We came back from the holidays engaged in a struggle with our state lawmakers, gathering tens of thousands of signatures to express our displeasure with a tax reform bill they already knew

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Commentary: Will of the people

This article originally appeared in Utah Policy. There are a number of legislators and anti-Medicaid expansion advocates who continue to bluster over what exactly Utah voters meant when they cast their votes for Medicaid expansion in 2018. These legislators insist that S.B. 96 is, in fact, keeping with the will of the people because they’re expanding Medicaid to more than what

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Despite protests, Utah House secures two-thirds majority for replacement Medicaid plan that allows full expansion as a last resort

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Under the eyes of a capacity crowd, and with protesters inside and outside their chamber, members of the Utah House voted Friday for a partial Medicaid expansion program that would revert to full expansion in the event federal administrators reject the state’s plans. Representatives voted 56-19 for SB96, securing the two-thirds majority required for immediate

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Utah Lawmakers Seek to Roll Back Medicaid Expansion Passed by Voters

This article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Read it in its entirety here. Three months after voters in deep-red Utah approved a pair of ballot measures opposed by many Republican leaders, the state legislature is on the verge of pulling both of them back. In December, the GOP-dominated legislature replaced a voter-approved medical marijuana law with a new version that more tightly controls access to the drug.

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PRESS RELEASE; Medicaid Expansion Repeal Bill is Anti-democratic

Salt Lake City, UT – This afternoon, the House Business and Labor Committee heard S.B. 96, Sen. Christensen’s bill that would repeal full Medicaid expansion as approved by voters last November. Despite acknowledging the overwhelming public interest in this bill over the first two weeks of the session, Rep. Jim Dunnigan limited public testimony to

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Utah legislature veers right of Utahns on liquor laws

Utah’s old fashioned liquor laws have less to do with how Utahns think about alchohol and more to do with how their elected leaders think. A poll published this week by UtahPolicy, a political news site, showed some 62% of Utahns support removing the Zion Curtain, while 31% want to keep it in place. The Zion Curtain is the popular name given to

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