Evan Hall

Healthcare Rights Coalition

Thursday was the seventh anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Patients and healthcare activists marked the occasion at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda protesting current efforts by Congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the law known as Obamacare.

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On Tuesday, Gov. Gary Herbert announced the creation of a new grant program to help provide work-based learning programs for adults and students.

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Education advocates are raising concerns over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s judicial record on students with disabilities.

Greens Hollow Coal Lease Sale Approved

Mar 16, 2017
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Federal officials have given the go-ahead for the sale of a big coal lease in central Utah, despite concern from conservation groups who say the move will hurt the environment.

The U.S. Interior Department announced on Wednesday that they had finalized a $22 million Greens Hollow coal lease, which was awarded to the owner of Sufco Mine.

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Box Elder County Commissioner Stan Summers and his family receive health insurance through the county government. However, according to Summers, that has not kept him from feeling the impact of the rising cost of healthcare, either personally or as a county official.

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Utah Republicans are defending a $100 million bond package that was approved this week without a public hearing. The money is designated for a future state prison west of Salt Lake City.

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Utah Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is calling the current healthcare status under the Affordable Care Act is unacceptable, adding that he is confident that the current Congress can replace President Barack Obama’s signature law with a better alternative.

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Young people took some of the worst hits in the 2008 financial crisis. Utah’s Millennials, roughly one-third of the state’s population, are bucking national trends in home ownership and family formation. The outlook is bleak enough, however, to question whether the American Dream will still be a possibility for the next generation of adults.

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Approaching the end of the 2017 state legislative session, Austin Cox, the campaign manager for Our Schools Now, admitted that it is becoming clear that the quickest path to passing the initiative will be through the ballot box in 2018. Lawmakers have criticized the proposal’s 7/8ths of one percent state income tax increase, calling it a 17 and a half percent hike. Cox said that opponents of Our Schools Now are using language that is somewhat misleading.

Herbert: Tax Law Changes Likely In 2018

Feb 16, 2017
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Education advocates and others who want to see reform of Utah’s tax policy will most likely have to wait until 2018 to see any changes.

Chaffetz: Conway Comments 'Wrong, Wrong, Wrong'

Feb 10, 2017
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Attendees packed the auditorium at Brighton High School Thursday evening demanding that Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz explain himself on matters from public lands to a potential ethics investigation into President Donald Trump.

Our Schools Now Reaches Out To Legislature

Feb 9, 2017
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State legislators heard the case Thursday from education advocates who could put an income tax hike on the ballot in 2018.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz met with President on Tuesday in part to discuss the future of the Bears Ears National Monument. Chaffetz is an opponent of the monument and had worked alongside fellow Utah Rep. Rob Bishop to try and pass the Public Lands Initiative in Congress, decreasing the land available for the monument.

Trump Proposes Repeal Of Johnson Amendment

Feb 3, 2017
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President Donald Trump’s promise at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast to repeal the Johnson Amendment has stirred critics who worry about blurring the lines between religion and politics. 

Will Gorsuch Pick Up Where Scalia Left Off?

Feb 2, 2017
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President Donald Trump’s nomination of federal judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is but the latest in a series of ongoing battles to fill top government positions.

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State Mail and Distribution Services provides mail delivery for state agencies, cities, and Special Service Districts from Ogden to Spanish Fork. Director of State Purchasing and General Services Kent Beers said that an audit of the SMDS was called for after a noticeable decline in the volume of delivered mail over the past few years.

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As Utah faces large increases in its public school enrollment over the next few years, legislators and other elected representatives are hoping to find sources of education funding that don’t require a raise in taxes.

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Republican state House Speaker Greg Hughes opened the 2017 legislative session with calls to tackle homelessness and for President Donald Trump to stop the Bears Ears National Monument.

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As the 2017 legislative session gets underway, some debate could be expected regarding the collection of internet sales tax. Gov. Gary Herbert claims that almost $200 million in internet sales tax is not being paid to the state.

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Utahns say education is their number one issue in the upcoming legislative session. According to a newly-released Dan Jones and Associates poll, education was identified as the highest priority by 50 percent of survey respondents, more than twice the number of those who identified lowering taxes as the most pressing policy need.

Utah's Agriculture Sector Continues Growth

Jan 12, 2017
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Since 2008, over 13,000 jobs related to agriculture have been created. According to a new study released from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, the agriculture production and processing sectors generate half a billion dollars in state and local tax revenue.

However, it is not just the state’s rural areas that are impacted by this growth. 

Fewer Utahns Dying At The Hands Of Police

Jan 6, 2017
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The number of civilians dying at the hands of police in Utah has diminished several years in a row even as the Justice Department has increased its initial estimate of arrest-related deaths. 

Utah Still Struggling To Put Women In Office

Jan 4, 2017
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Nearly a quarter of all statewide executive offices in the country are filled by women. However, in 2016, no political party in Utah featured female nominees in races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, or state auditor and treasurer.

According to a recent survey, Utahns are in favor of keeping the Electoral College. The poll, which was conducted by Dan Jones and Associates, found that 60 percent of Utahns are against abolishing the Electoral College while 37 percent are in favor.

'High Noon' At Bears Ears

Dec 15, 2016
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As the nation enters the final month of President Barack Obama’s administration, Utah’s political leaders await the fate of the proposed Bears Ears national monument.

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