House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah [UPH Wire]

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2015

Contact:       Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director

                    Utah House Democratic Caucus

                    801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov

House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah

Salt Lake City – In light of the low grade Utah has recently received by the Center for Public Integrity, House Democratic Leader Brian King issued the following statement:

“We welcome this effort to shed light on problems with Utah’s political process. The Medicaid expansion discussions that have been carried out over the last few months with no input from Democrats have shown the negative influence that secrecy and large amounts of out-of-state money can have on Utah’s democratic process. The Gang of Six Republicans worked for seven months behind closed doors and came up with a proposal to expand Medicaid that gathered seven House Republicans supporting it out of 63 members. Seven votes in seven months. Our legislative system is clearly broken. We need greater accountability, limits, and transparency to our political processes. We also need to have all Utahns at the table when decisions that are critical importance to their welfare are being made. We need limits on the contributions that can be made to candidates. We also need a commitment from our leaders to receive input from all legislators, regardless of party, to avoid complete one party control in this state. These things are essential to ensuring that all Utahns have access to, and a voice in, making government work.”

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