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Building a 10-year plan for education

Posted on: October 31st, 2014

Utah is a state that knows how to execute on a plan.  The Beehive State already has a 10-year energy plan and a long-term economic strategy. Now, Gov. Herbert says it’s time for a long-term education strategy. The governor made the announcement in cooperation with business and community leaders at the first Academic Excellence Summit […]

Utah’s unemployment insurance program leads nationally

Utah’s unemployment insurance program leads nationally

Posted on: October 31st, 2014

Utahns continue to benefit from one of the best unemployment insurance programs in the nation, the U.S. Department of Labor affirmed today. Utah was awarded the “Triple Crown” for its unemployment insurance division, which operates faster and more effectively than in any other medium-sized state in the nation. This is the fourth time the program has […]

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Forbes guest column misses the mark on Healthy Utah criticism

Posted on: October 30th, 2014

On October 16, 2014 Forbes.com posted an opinion piece by Jonathan Ingram, Nic Horton and Josh Archambault critical of Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan. While the governor can respect differing opinions on important issues such as this, the administration cannot allow the half-truths and blatant misrepresentations presented in the piece to go unchecked. The […]

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4 things you need to know about SAGE test scores

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

The results of last spring’s first-ever computer-adaptive Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) tests were released this week. Today 41.7 percent of Utah students are college and career ready in language arts, 38.7 percent in mathematics and 43.7 percent in science. Many were concerned to see these scores. Of course, we all want Utah […]

Individual responsibility is key to the Healthy Utah plan

Posted on: October 27th, 2014

Individual responsibility is a key component of Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan. In his negotiations with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), the governor secured the state’s ability to charge premiums and copays, as well as connect applicants with job training and job enhancement services. “We want to amplify the individual responsibility […]

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Tier 3 fuels, vehicles key to Utah clean air

Posted on: October 27th, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was authored by Gov. Gary R. Herbert and was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune, Sun., Oct. 26, 2014.  Utah is at its most beautiful in  autumn. Watching  changing leaves in our mountains  under crystal clear skies makes it easy to forget the air quality challenges we face. However, enhancing our […]

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Healthy Utah to be considered in general session

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014

The Healthy Utah Plan will be considered during the 2015 general legislative session, which begins in January, rather than in a special session. That’s the announcement Gov. Gary Herbert made during his monthly news conference today. “We’ve been involved in long negotiations and we’ve come to an agreement with the Obama administration on what we […]

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Making lemonade from federal lemons

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014

Gov. Herbert told reporters this morning that he’s working to take the lemons given to the state through the federal health reform and turn them into lemonade. “I think the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is flawed and needs fixing, repealing or replacing,” said the governor. “That being said, we have lemons and I’m trying to […]

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Daggett County PLI agreement is a model for other counties

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014

The Public Lands Initiative (PLI) spearheaded by Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz has taken an important step forward. Last week, Daggett County officials announced an agreement to be part of the initiative. “Daggett County’s agreement serves as a model for other counties,” said Gov. Herbert. “This agreement includes a number of key ingredients for […]

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New leadership position helps Governor push smart energy policy for Utah

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014

When Gov. Herbert took office in 2009, he set a goal to ensure access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy by producing 25 percent more electrical energy than we consume by 2020. That effort often requires working outside Utah’s borders to push for policies that benefit workers and businesses here at home. Last week, the […]