Division of Water Quality SUCCESS Story

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Goal of SUCCESS System The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Quality (DWQ) Spills Incident Management SUCCESS system aims to standardize and improve responses to events that threaten water quality around Utah. SUCCESS Framework metrics measure the timeliness of a DWQ enforcement decision. Timely enforcement decisions ensure appropriate actions are taken and help encourage compliance. Strategies When the …

ABC4 – Governor proposes $19 billion budget for 2020

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As Utah’s state revenue reaches record highs, Governor Gary Herbert announced lofty plans on how to use $19 million in the 2020 fiscal year. More than 40 percent of the budget, $7.7 billion, is proposed to go to public education. Read More>>

State of Utah Teleworking Initiative

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The State of Utah is always looking for ways to reward high-performing employees and increase employee retention. Teleworking was identified as a way for the State of Utah to provide increased flexibility and reduced commute times for workers, so a pilot is underway at the State Office Building to learn valuable lessons about how to scale teleworking across multiple agencies. …

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Sales Tax Reform in the 2019 Legislative Session

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The way state and local sales taxes are currently set up is not conducive to Utah’s prosperity long term. Middle- and low- income residents pay a higher percentage of their incomes in state and local taxes than high-income households. And, to make matters more serious, the sales tax base is eroding. Around 40 percent of economic transactions are covered by …

Index Ranks Utah #1 for Q3 of 2018

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The Index of State Economic Momentum ranked Utah #1 for the third quarter of 2018. The index ranks states on personal income growth, employment growth and population growth. Report (login required): https://www.ffis.org/node/4934

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Governing: Embrace Your Limitations — in Life and Public Policy

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Kristen Cox knows about constraints. While coming to terms with becoming blind, she hit rock-bottom in a manhole. That’s not a metaphor. Nor is her solo skydiving. But they do give you a sense of the highs and lows she’s confronted. And she’ll tell you that embracing your constraints makes for good public policy — and a good life. Listen …