Better Utah Continues Call for Full Medicaid Expansion [UPH Wire]

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 11, 2016 CONTACT: Chase Thomas, Alliance for a Better Utah (480) 532-1880; info@betterutah.org Better Utah Continues Call for Full Medicaid Expansion Salt Lake City, UT — The Alliance for a Better Utah repeated its call this morning for full expansion of Medicaid in Utah. Chase Thomas, Policy and Advocacy Director for the Alliance for a Better Utah, testified before the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee regarding Medicaid expansion and the costs that have accrued by delaying action on the issue. “It has now been…

Bravo for Supreme Court’s stay on EPA power grab

In a surprising 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court abruptly halted President Obama’s controversial power plant regulations, dealing a blow to the Clean Power Plan. The court’s order states that the EPA’s carbon pollution emission guidelines are to be put on hold pending a decision from a federal court of appeals. It is rare for the Supreme Court to intervene in a pending case, indicating that most of the justices have concerns over the plan’s legality. This temporary freeze suggests there is a “fair prospect” the court will strike down the…

10 Tips for easily following the Utah Legislature

The Utah legislature ranks among the best in the nation for state legislative transparency and ease of following the goings-on on Capitol Hill. Here are 10 easy ways you can follow along with the legislative session, which also gives you info for some awesome small talk at dinner parties. Go to the award-winning legislative site: le.utah.gov You can search for bills by topic, number or legislator. Track bills electronically.  Each time there is a change to the wording and each time it is scheduled to be discussed in committee or on the floor, you…

Air quality bills of the 2016 Utah Legislature

A recurring theme every Utah legislative session is air quality. The session usually ends up running around the same time as an inversion along the Wasatch Front making the issue front and center in everyone’s mind. Here’s a quick roundup of the legislation attempting to do more about it.   HB87: Clean Fuel Conversion Amendments Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Handy This bill extended credits for energy efficient vehicles, but it also goes further in creating a new fund for converting existing vehicles to using cleaner fuel sources. This fund will start…