MISTAKE PROOFING MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR UDOT’S SNOWPLOWS

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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 …

Governing – A Performance Innovation That Actually Works

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[Kristen] Cox is a practitioner and advocate of the “theory of constraints,” which looks at the goals and the core problems that prevent systems from achieving their objectives. Cox says that the theory of constraints is more than just process improvement. It “is all about helping people get clear on designing the right policy or service in the first place …

Trib Talk – Tax Reform

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During his State of the State Address, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said his number-one priority for the 2019 legislative session would be the development of a more equitable, simple and sustainable tax system. On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Governor Herbert, his deputy chief of staff Paul Edwards and Kristen Cox, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Management …

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Utah tax reform: Why the sales tax and why now

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By: Kristen Cox, Executive Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (originally published in Utah Policy ) Utah is widely recognized as one of the best-managed states in the nation, and for good reason. Leaders and residents think ahead and tackle issues before they become a crisis. Tax reform is no different. We need to make the necessary changes …

State leaders release revised revenue numbers

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Press Release by Office of Gov. Gary R. Herbert , Utah Senate and Utah House of Representatives SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 22, 2019) –  The Governor’s Office, Senate and House of Representatives released updated revenue numbers today for state fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The new consensus estimates provide $570 million in new ongoing money and $529 million in one-time sources. The revenue estimates, though still positive, are …

Utah Thrives: Utah Foundation Podcast – Tax Modernization

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What did Utah’s governor mean when he told the Legislature that tax modernization is his top priority for this session? What’s not modern about our tax system — specifically, sales taxes? In this edition of Utah Thrives, we’ll hear what the governor had to say on the subject as well as from Research Analyst Christopher Collard, the author of Utah …

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 …

Utah Maintains AAA Credit Rating From All Major Rating Agencies, Saves Taxpayer Dollars on Transportation Projects

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Press Release by Office of Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Office of the Utah State Treasurer Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Treasurer David Damschen today announced that S&P Global, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings have reaffirmed the State’s AAA credit rating – the highest rating a state can receive. “Utah once again stands out as a leader in the …

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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 …