State Government Archive

Governor Herbert Talks Air Quality

Governor Gary Herbert took time to address air quality during a news conference Tuesday at the Utah Capitol. Herbert told reporters that

Utah Governor Gary Herbert Takes Oath of Office

Utah Governor Gary Herbert took the oath on office on Monday; saying the state’s best days lie ahead. KCPW’s Jessica Gail was

Utah’s Low Unemployment Numbers May Not Mean More People are Back to Work

Utah’s unemployment rate has reached a new low since the recession hit in 2008. According to numbers released by the Bureau of

Federal Unemployment Benefit Extension Re-triggered in Utah

Unemployed Utah workers who have exhausted their 14 weeks of federal benefits can now apply for another 14 weeks as a result

Report Says Utah Cut Per-Pupil Spending More than 26 Other States During Downturn

While Utah is increasing its per-pupil education spending by $40 this school year, adjusted for inflation, it’s still down by $372 since

Politics Up Close: Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Gov. Herbert’s Environmental Adviser

Progressive public policy is the goal of Democratic State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck. The Salt Lake City lawmaker has served in the legislature

Politics Up Close: Rep. Kraig Powell on Open Caucus Meetings, Treasurer Candidate Christopher Stout

Today on the show, we talked with State Rep. Kraig Powell of Heber City about his effort's to open up caucus meetings

Report Looks at Oil Shale Contributions, Industry Responds

A closed-door meeting in late March of officials from several counties in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, along with lobbyists for the oil

Report Says Medicaid Won’t Bust Utah’s Budget

A new report by a local advocacy group says Medicaid spending is not going to cripple Utah’s budget, despite fears expressed by

Outdoor Retailer Brings Attention to Public Lands Issues

Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts will be visiting Salt Lake City this week. What is expected to be the largest Outdoor Retailer Show

Push for Latino Candidates in Utah Finds Success

Salt Lake City is seeing a large number of Latino candidates running for seats in state legislative races. A total of

Politics Up Close: ALEC Critics & Supporters, Salt Lake County’s FCOZ Commission

Depending on which person you ask, the American Legislative Exchange Council is a useful tool for state lawmakers to learn how to

Health Department Holds Outreach Meetings on Data Breach

The Utah Department of Health is kicking off a dozen outreach meetings to provide help for those impacted by the Medicaid data

City, State Look for EPA Involvement in PCE Contamination

Hoping to avert further contamination, Salt Lake City wants the federal Environmental Protection Agency to get more involved in investigating groundwater contaminated

Politics Up Close: Health Reform Reaction, Congressional Candidate Jay Seegmiller

Democratic Congressional candidate Jay Seegmiller served one term in the Utah House of Representatives after defeating the House Speaker back in 2008,

Governor Addresses Fireworks Restrictions

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says the state has done everything it can to ban fireworks in the most dangerous places. Now, he

State to Review Laws to Address Fire Season

Does the state need to do more to prevent wildfires? Governor Gary Herbert says in light of this year’s extreme fire season,

Utah Legislature Votes to Add More Liquor Licenses

After months of discussion, more liquor licenses are about to be served to Utah restaurants. In a special session yesterday, the state

Special Session Set for Wednesday

Utah’s hospitality industry could get some relief this week. Governor Gary Herbert has called a special session of the legislature this Wednesday

Politics Up Close: State Auditor Auston Johnson, GOP Mayoral Debate Highlights

Auston Johnson has been Utah’s State Auditor for the past 17 years, and as he runs for re-election this cycle, is touting

Herbert Implements Idle-Free Policy for State Fleet

Utah Governor Gary Herbert is jumping on the idle-free bandwagon with a new executive order for state employees to turn off the

ACLU Seeks Info on Automatic License Plate Readers

The ACLU of Utah has filed an open-records request to learn more about how law enforcement agencies in the state are using

Group Calls on State Lawmakers to Cut Ties With ALEC

The progressive-leaning open-government advocacy group Alliance for a Better Utah is calling on state lawmakers to withdraw their membership from the American

Herbert Calls For More Liquor Licenses

Governor Gary Herbert acknowledged Thursday that more needs to be done about Utah’s shortage of liquor licenses. During his monthly news conference

Matheson, Love Face Utah Taxpayers Association

Two political rivals in the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional district addressed the Utah Taxpayers Association at the Little America Hotel Tuesday.

State Restores Time Limits On Food Stamps

Low-income adults in Utah without children will soon find their food stamp benefits being cut short as the state moves back to

Task Force Talks Federal Health Care Implementation

State lawmakers once again rolled up their sleeves this morning at the state capitol to discuss how Utah will approach the implementation

Lawmakers Troubled By License Plate Scanning Plan

Utah lawmakers are debating whether automatic license plate readers, used by law enforcement to catch criminals, violate the privacy rights of Utah

Lawmakers Get First Look at Cost of Medicaid Breach

Utah lawmakers got their first look at what the Medicaid data breach could potentially cost the state on Wednesday. A legislative committee

State Prison System Will Be Full by 2015, Officials Tell Lawmakers

About 80 percent of those who are incarcerated in Utah suffer from some sort of addiction and a third of inmates are