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A Tribute to Firefighters

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

By Governor Gary R. Herbert It’s been said: “All men were created equal, and then a few became firefighters.” I wholeheartedly agree. I could not conclude otherwise after seeing firsthand the heroism and dedication of many of the firefighters who are battling the blazes that have destroyed 14 homes and charred more than 67,000 acres [...]

Letter of Condolences

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

By Governor Gary R. Herbert   Dear Governor Janice K. Brewer, Jeanette and I offer our heartfelt condolences to you and the residents of Arizona for the tragic loss of the nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot fire crew. The fallen firefighters were heroic public servants who sacrificed their lives in order to protect [...]

Guiding Principles on Gun Control

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

By Governor Gary R. Herbert Respect the Second Amendment I will not support any legislation or proposals—either in Utah or by any federal entity—that would diminish our fundamental right to bear arms guaranteed in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. Find rational solutions Any legislation must be carefully considered and pragmatic, not reactionary nor [...]

Paying Tribute to Utah’s Pioneer Heritage

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

By Governor Gary R. Herbert What a privilege it is to celebrate Pioneer Day and honor those who came before, as well as their incredible sacrifice and their unparalleled legacy. I am grateful to claim a rich pioneer heritage, as I have ancestors who crossed the plains, both with Brigham Young and with the Martin handcart [...]

Unprecedented Partnerships: Unlimited Possibilities

Friday, June 1st, 2012

  By Governor Gary R. Herbert When I was first inaugurated in August 2009, the title of my inaugural address was “Unprecedented Partnerships: Unlimited Possibilities.”  Just a few days ago, on Wednesday, May 23rd, I came together with hundreds of business and government leaders to see the concept of unprecedented partnerships physically manifest in bricks [...]

This is Not the Time for a Tax Increase

Friday, May 25th, 2012

By Governor Gary R. HerbertAs Governor, I have strongly encouraged congressional leadership to consider legislation to repeal the onerous proposed Medical Device Tax. The proposed tax places an undue burden on our medical technology manufacturers, in order to supplement the cost of PPACA. Utah organizations like Dynatronics, Varian Medical Systems and the Utah Technology Council have [...]

Utah’s Solutions to Medicaid Woes Have Been Stifled by Washington

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

By Governor Gary R. Herbert As Published in the Deseret News 2/26/12  As 2014 looms and the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act threaten to become permanent, virtually every state is seeking a solution to an impending Medicaid-induced budget crisis. In Utah, Medicaid consumes 21.5 percent of our budget, nearly double what [...]

Why I Am Optimistic About Utah’s Future

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

By Gary R Herbert Governor   Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am an optimistic guy. Sometimes, people seem incredulous about my optimism. They say to me, “Gary, it is downright illogical that you are so optimistic when everything is falling apart. Our country’s economy is a mess, we’ll never be able [...]

Utah’s Concerns About Proposed Federal Exchange Rules

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a number of proposed rules which would govern the operation of state health exchanges which are mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).    Utah is one of only two states in the country with an operational exchange.  Although the Utah Health [...]

Supporting Rural Utah

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

By Mike Mower Deputy Chief of Staff As an aide to Governor Gary Herbert, one of the most enjoyable parts of my job is traveling with him as he visits people all across Utah.  Governor Herbert wants to hear first hand from Utah residents on the issues that impact their lives.  It is a top [...]