Rep. Mike McKell 2015 General Legislative Session Week Three Review

I hope this newsletter finds you well after a long President’s Day weekend. As I reflect on the many great presidents, I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln who said: “[g]ive me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Balancing the state budget is like chopping down a large tree. The process takes significant work and preparation. We sharpen the axe prior to the legislative session as our analysts work directly with department heads to make sure we are prepared to…

Rep. Mike McKell 2015 Utah Legislative Session Update – Week 2

Thank you to those who attended our Bills and Bagels meeting last Saturday. Our attendance was approximately 125 members of the public and 7 legislators including: Senators Deidre Henderson and David Hinkins, and Representatives Dean Sanpei, Francis Gibson, Marc Roberts, Norm Thurston, and Mike McKell. We hope to see you on February 28th when we meet again at the Nebo School District Board room in Spanish Fork for another town hall meeting. During the first few weeks of the legislative session, our House members have spent each morning in appropriations…

Mike McKell’s Week One in Review of the 2015 General Legislative Session

Mike McKell – UTAH STATE HOUSE Last Monday marked the start of the 2015 General Legislative Session. The new Speaker, Greg Hughes challenged the Utah House of Representatives to remain committed to addressing the most challenging and important issues facing our state.Last week, I sent out an email with a survey addressing many of these unique challenges. Your input is always appreciated as we craft necessary solutions. Some of our challenges include the gas tax, non-discrimination laws, moving the prison, income taxes, education funding, and the protection of religious liberties. If…