Sen. Ross Romero hits the Tribune editorial pages to invite Utah’s political leaders to join him in making a video for the “It Gets Better” Campaign.
Sen. Ben McAdams and Rep. LaVar Christensen are proposing legislation to implement programs to stem the tide of foreclosures in Utah. Continue reading
Senator Karen Mayne discusses her legislation for the upcoming session designed to curb abuses by some employers that allows them to avoid paying taxes and keep workers from accessing basic legal protections. Continue reading
Senator Ben McAdams and Representative LaVar Christensen will host a roundtable discussion on foreclosures in Utah on January 18, 2011. Continue reading
ABC 4 reports on Senator Ben McAdams’ bill in the upcoming session to expand an anti-discrimination bill statewide that includes sexual orientation. Continue reading
The following is a statement from the Senate Democratic Leadership on today’s news that Representative Craig Frank was removed from office after discovering he did not live within the boundaries of District 57. Continue reading
Senator Luz Robles talks about her immigration proposal with Utah Policy.com Managing Editor Bryan Schott. Continue reading
Today, Governor Herbert released his budget recommendations for fiscal year 2012. Senators Karen Morgan and Ben McAdams attended the pre-release meeting with Governor Herbert.
Governor Herbert’s top priorities are (1) growing the economy, and (2) investing in education. Governor Herbert also recommends maintaining the Rainy Day Fund at $110 million.
Education’s request for the upcoming session of $75 million for growth and the continuation of key programs has been satisfied in Governor Herbert’s budget recommendations. We are pleased that student growth is funded, along with $7.5 million for extended-day kindergarten, $2 million for Common Core Standards, and an additional $2.5 million for reading and math proficiency. A highly successful arts program funded by a public/private partnership for public education, Art Works for Kids, is recommended by the governor to be funded, too. We are also pleased Governor Herbert recommends no cuts to higher education.
Education has always been a priority for the Senate Democrats, and during the session, we will work to secure funding for education equal to or beyond the governor’s recommendations.
Revenue projections forecast an additional $215 million–very encouraging news and, hopefully, an indication that we have turned the corner.
We are pleased to announce that Bryan Schott is joining the Utah Senate Democrats as our new Communications Director. Bryan will provide communications services for our caucus during the upcoming 2011 General Legislative Session. Welcome, Bryan!