2016 Session Recap

2016 Session Recap

Overview of 2016 Session Most Utahns enjoy a pretty high quality of life. We live in a state with one of the strongest and most diverse economies in the nation, very little unemployment and high wage growth. Our population is young, our families are large and though...
2016 Budget Highlights

2016 Budget Highlights

2016 BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS Total Budget: $15.1B, balanced State Funds: $6.4B Debt and Savings Paid down $335M in General Obligation debt No new debt authorized this session Total formal budget reserves of $491M Public/Higher Education $445M combined = 2/3 of new revenue...
2016 Education Highlights

2016 Education Highlights

Education Funding for Utah’s school children and college students once more dominates the $14.5 billion budget for 2016. The total increase for both higher and public education was $445 million – over $20 million more than originally sought by the governor. The...
2016 Medicaid/Homelessness/JRI

2016 Medicaid/Homelessness/JRI

Homelessness, justice reform and Medicaid were all addressed this year in a comprehensive fashion with HB 436, HB 348, HB 437 and HB 328. This new structure will allow the state to more effectively assist those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, while...
2016 Drug Fraud Prevention/Treatment Center Reform

2016 Drug Fraud Prevention/Treatment Center Reform

As the need for substance abuse and mental health treatment escalates, it is incumbent upon the state to ensure that limited dollars are being used appropriately and those seeking help are actually receiving it. SB 123 and HB 259 will go a long way in helping to...
2016 Law Enforcement & National Guard

2016 Law Enforcement & National Guard

The long-awaited body camera bill finally came to fruition with the passage of HB 300. It establishes minimum guidelines for the activation or use of cameras and makes most recordings public record. It protects as private those recordings that take place inside a home...
2016 Water / Infrastructure

2016 Water / Infrastructure

The Legislature took action this year to look ahead and plan for future needs with the passage of SB 80. It provides appropriations from the Transportation Fund to be deposited into the Transportation Investment Fund and the Water Infrastructure Restricted Account to...
2016 Air Quality

2016 Air Quality

HB 237, Income Tax Contribution for Clean Air, allows anyone filing an income tax return in Utah to designate a contribution to the newly-established Clean Air Fund. HB 244 allows solar energy companies to sell power directly to a residential customer who participates...