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State Leaders Announce Budget Forecast for FY 2020 Revenue Numbers

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The Governor’s Office, Senate, and the House of Representatives have jointly released revenue forecast numbers for FY 2020. The consensus review provides $675 million in new ongoing funding, as well as $646 million in new one-time funding to be available for the coming legislative session. These funds reflect the strength of Utah’s growing economy. “Utah’s economy is truly thriving,” said …

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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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Department of Agriculture and Food Success Story

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Goal of the Food Safety Inspection System Ensure the safety and integrity of food products available to Utah consumers. Strategies Over the last several years, the Department of Agriculture and Food’s (UDAF) high turnover of inspection employees presented a significant challenge to achieving its goal. The turnover made it difficult to keep up with the growing demand for inspections and the increase …

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State leaders announce year-end budget surplus

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State leaders announced Wednesday that the State of Utah will close out the prior fiscal year (FY 2018) with a budget surplus. This announcement comes as the Division of Finance wraps up its yearly analysis. Under the division’s current calculation, it will deposit $107 million into state reserve accounts and the Industrial Assistance Fund. After accounting for these transfers, the …

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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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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 …

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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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Occupational Safety and Health Division SUCCESS Story

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Goal of Success System This SUCCESS system is housed in the Commission’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (UOSH). The goal of the system is to issue UOSH citations within 45 days of the date of the opening conference. By statute, UOSH has six months to issue a citation. However, six months can be a lifetime on a job site and …

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Driver Licence Division SUCCESS Story

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Goal of Success System The goal of this SUCCESS system is for Driver License Division customers to receive the highest level of service and experience consistently short wait times. Strategy The strategy for achieving this goal focuses mainly on excellent management of a queuing system in order to maximize system flow. The queuing system allows Driver License Division field offices …

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Captive Division SUCCESS Story

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Goal of Success System The Utah Insurance Department’s Captive Division implemented its SUCCESS system to meet the increasing demands of regulating captive insurers. Since 2008, the number of Utah-licensed captive insurers has grown an average of 27 percent annually. In that time, the State went from 93 licensed captive insurers to a high of 593. To handle the increasing workload …