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…

The Hub Sheet – Monday Feb 2, 2015

Happy Groundhog Day Speaking of… Speaker Hughes saw his shadow. Heading into week two of the 2015 legislative session, Rep. Mike McKell offers a review of week one and thoughts on creating an Office of Inspector General to root out fraud and waste. UPH’s Daniel Burton says Office of Inspector General? Finally! Pew: Major gaps between scientists, public on key issues. The Utah Senate Elevator Pitches return, and Sen. Weiler cuts it really close. Live in the city? Want to rent your driveway parking spot for an afternoon or event? There’s an…

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…

New Idea or A Timely Proposal? Creation of the Office of Inspector General

In his State of the State speech on Wednesday night, Governor Gary Herbert announced that he was working with Representative Mike McKell, Senator Deidre Henderson and Attorney General Sean Reyes on the creation of an office of inspector general for the state. In his speech, the Governor said that the position would be “one that will act as an independent entity to elevate and ensure the highest levels of ethics and official conduct in state government.” But this isn’t the first time that an Office of Inspector General has been proposed…