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By: Utah Department of Transportation The Utah Department of Transportation had a problem with its snow plows: budget cuts and declining equipment quality. The department first thought more money was the only solution. After working with the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB), this mindset changed leading to exciting results.  “Our budget had been cut – by a lot,” …

2019 Legislative Session Outcomes

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The 2019 Legislative Session has come to a close. As a state employee, you may be wondering what bills passed and what impact they may have on you. This article highlights a few key takeaways from the session:  Tax Reform: Tax reform was one of the most-talked-about issues this session, and it will continue to be at the forefront of …

What Can $100 Million Do for Air Quality?

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In 2017 the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and Gov. Gary Herbert announced a lofty goal to reduce annual emissions into Utah’s air by 25 percent by 2026 – an ambitious benchmark by any standard of measure and one made more difficult by Utah’s rapidly growing population. How exactly do we reach a 25 percent reduction? The Governor’s FY 2020 …

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Success Newsletter – January 2019

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Utah Government: Investing in What Works Utah government is committed to continually looking for ways to provide more value for every tax dollar invested. Thanks to great employees, the state is succeeding in this effort. But, there is always more work to do. Check out the Investing in What Works policy brief from the Governor’s FY 2020 Budget Recommendations book to learn …

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Utah Highway Patrol Finds the Ticket to Success

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Watch this video to learn how the Utah Highway Patrol, housed within the Department of Public Safety, implemented operational improvements and achieved big results. Congratulations to the Utah Highway Patrol for its commitment to finding ways to better serve customers, employees and taxpayers.  

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Utah State Hospital SUCCESS STORY

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Goal When an individual is found by a judge to be “Not Competent to Stand Trial,” he or she is ordered to receive competency restoration services by the state. Services include various clinical and pharmacological methods to improve the individual’s mental capacity to understand the court process and be capable to participate in his/her own defense. Utah’s forensic services are …

Prudent Budget Management

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Utah’s Historical Budget Culture by Phil Dean, Budget Director and Chief Economist Our Sister States This spring as I participated in conference calls with bond rating agencies, I was surprised at how impressed the rating agencies were that Utah not only differentiates between ongoing and one-time revenue, but that we actually budget to these revenues and track our structural balance. …