Statement from Utah Senator Aaron Osmond on withdrawing from UCAT presidential appointment [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* November 23, 2015 *STATEMENT FROM UTAH STATE SENATOR AARON OSMOND ON WITHDRAWING FROM UCAT PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT* SALT LAKE CITY – Today, Utah State Senator Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) withdrew his name from consideration for President of the Utah College of Applied Technology, and issued the following statement. “After careful consideration of a counter-offer from my current employer, I have made the difficult decision to withdraw my name from the confirmation process for President of the Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT). This decision does not come as…

Assessing the Risk / Preparing for Consequences

Re: FederalRisk.le.utah.gov Have you ever worried about what a federal government shutdown would mean to you, your family, and your neighbors? What if the U.S. Dollar no longer reigned supreme in global markets? What if Utah expanded Medicaid and all of the sudden the federal government left us footing the bill? Recent events suggest that such scenarios aren’t as hypothetical as we once thought. In 2013 – encouraged by a team of accountants, members of chambers of commerce, community leaders and educators – we started the Financial Ready Utah program.…

BUZZ: Utah Senate Majority Caucus to meet on Medicaid expansion

With the House Majority caucus (aka “Republicans”) meeting to discuss Medicaid expansion on September 29th, the Senate is getting in on the act, too. In an email from Senate Chief of Staff Ric Cantrell to Senate Republicans,  Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and Majority Leader Ralph Okerland asked Senate Republicans to attend a meeting to discuss Medicaid expansion, as well as a few other issues that could be addressed during a special session later this year. Email follows. From: Ric Cantrell Date: Friday, September 18, 2015 at 6:56 PM To: Senate Republicans Subject: Special Caucus Meeting…

State Leaders Announce Framework for Medicaid Expansion [UPH Wire]

 CONTACT: Aimee Edwards edwards@utah.gov 801.755.3085 Greg Hartley ghartley@le.utah.gov 801.231.2756 Ric Cantrell rcantrell@le.utah.gov 801.647.8944 STATE LEADERS ANNOUNCE FRAMEWORK FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State leaders announced today that they have found consensus around a conceptual framework for Medicaid Expansion. A group of six state leaders has continued meeting since the close of the 2015 General Legislative Session to find a resolution to the ‘coverage gap’ created by Obamacare. The key principles they are working to address include coverage for those most in need, data accuracy regarding assumptions and…

Prison Relocation Commission to host Open House – Dates, Times, Locations [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * April 28, 2015 *CONTACTS**: * Senator Jerry Stevenson Senate Chair of the Prison Relocation Commission 801-678-3147 Representative Brad Wilson House Chair of the Prison Relocation Commission 801-425-1028 Brian J. Bean, Policy Analyst Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel 801-928-8421 bbean@le.utah.gov UTAH PRISON RELOCATION COMMISSION TO HOST OPEN HOUSES/Q&A *SESSIONS* Events Set for Salt Lake, Tooele, and Utah Counties SALT LAKE CITY – Three informational public open houses have been scheduled for citizens to learn about the five potential sites for the new Utah State Correctional Facility. Events…

On Balancing Our Budget & 2015’s HJR7

On Balancing Our Budget & 2015’s HJR7

“Our Utah State Constitution requires the state legislature to balance the budget each year. And we do. We have a constitutional debt limit as well, preventing us from borrowing too much money. We take pride in being the best-managed state in the nation. It’s not always easy. There are lots of things we do without, sacrifices and priorities we have to make. But in the end, it is worth it to bring stability and certainty to our economy, and most importantly our citizens. Contrastingly, each year our national debt grows…

No veto override session in 2015 [UPH Wire]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2015 NO VETO OVERRIDE SESSION IN 2015 SALT LAKE CITY –  Today, Utah legislative leaders announced that they will not convene a veto override session in 2015.  Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and  Senate President Wayne Niederhauser issued the following joint statement: “We respect the diligent, careful work of the 2015 Session and the sacrifices made by both legislators and staff.  While we don’t agree with every veto, a poll of our members shows the House and Senate are ready to forgo the time…

Media Release: Utah Senate To Issue Veto Override Poll [UPH Wire]

*F**OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * April 1, 2015 *UTAH SENATE TO ISSUE VETO OVERRIDE POLL* State senators to decide on veto override session by April 16th SALT LAKE CITY – Today, Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser issued the following statement in response to the governor’s veto of four bills and three budget line items. “While we sometimes disagree with the executive branch, we respect the governor’s work, and the checks and balances of our constitutional system. “The senate will move forward with the veto override process as directed by the Utah…