Countdown: The “Three Amigos” of the House

As our countdown continues, the 3rd to the last day of the 2015 session focuses on the “Three Amigos” of House Leadership. First, Speaker Greg Hughes. At the end of his first session, it has been a bit of a tumultuous ride, with a number of significant bills and not insignificant differences of opinion. Speaker Hughes comes from a scrappy Philadelphia background and his “fighter” instincts have been on display this session. He has been willing to take punches for the body and they, in return, have his back. (He’s also…

Speaker versus Governor: Healthy Utah or Nothing?

If you’re looking for good political drama, look no further than the dueling narratives over Healthy Utah’s expansion of Medicaid in Utah. In one corner of the ring, Governor Gary Herbert, Alliance for a Better Utah, the Utah Healthy Policy Project, many of the Utah Senate, and a host of others are calling for a House debate on what Herbert calls Healthy Utah 2.0. In the other corner is the Utah House of Representatives Republican Caucus, led by former boxer and current Speaker, Greg Hughes and Rep. Jim Dunnigan. The debate…

No Surprise That Healthy Utah Is DOA In the House

When news emerged that Healthy Utah would not be debated or voted on in the House, pundits, Democrats and the Governor’s proxies began to express shock and dismay. Why not give it a chance to get a hearing? The bill deserves a chance to be debated! It’s disingenuous to pretend like there’s not been a debate in the public for over a year, if not more. No other issue has seen more push polling, marketing, and out-of-state interest group advocacy than Healthy Utah. Governor Herbert has put his full effort and brand behind the…

House Leaders Draw Lines Over Healthy Utah

In a set of op-eds that must leave Governor Herbert less than sanguine, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and Representative Dan McCay have spelled out their opposition to Healthy Utah. Healthy Utah just passed the Utah Senate on a vote of 17 for and 11 against and is headed over to the House. With Hughes spelling out discrepancies between what Healthy Utah was projected to cost a year ago and what it’s being projected to cost now, it’s hard to see a clear path to passage for the Medicaid expansion in Utah.…