Governor Gary Herbert http://kuer.org en U.S. Supreme Court Stays Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Ruling http://kuer.org/post/us-supreme-court-stays-same-sex-marriage-recognition-ruling <p class="p1">The U.S. Supreme Court has granted Utah a stay of a lower court’s ruling that would have required <span class="s1">the state </span>to recognize same-sex marriages performed <span class="s1">during a period when they were legal</span>.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:53:52 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49499 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert Elected as Vice Chair of National Governors Association http://kuer.org/post/governor-herbert-elected-vice-chair-national-governors-association <p>Members of the National Governors Association have selected Governor Gary Herbert to be the group's vice chair for the next year. &nbsp;The new role could help Herbert push his agenda even further.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:39:02 +0000 Brian Grimmett 49268 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert Elected as Vice Chair of National Governors Association Utah, BLM Sign Land Swap Deal http://kuer.org/post/utah-blm-sign-land-swap-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Utah’s governor and the state director of the Bureau of Land Management have formalized a land exchange involving 60-thousand acres in southern and eastern Utah.</p><p>The land exchange has been in the works since 2009, when then-Senator Bob Bennett and Congressman Jim Matheson worked to pass a bill authorizing the deal.&nbsp; But it’s taken years to finalize the details.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:27:07 +0000 Dan Bammes 46012 at http://kuer.org Utah, BLM Sign Land Swap Deal Utah's Golf Industry Provides Larger Economic Impact Than Previously Thought http://kuer.org/post/utahs-golf-industry-provides-larger-economic-impact-previously-thought <p>As Governor Herbert declares May Utah Golf Month a <a href="http://www.golf2020.com/research/economic-impact-reports.aspx#Other Economic Impact Studiesreports" target="_blank">new report</a> also shows the industry has a larger than expected impact on the state’s economy.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 20:43:59 +0000 Brian Grimmett 45881 at http://kuer.org Utah's Golf Industry Provides Larger Economic Impact Than Previously Thought Conflict Over Mustangs in Southern Utah http://kuer.org/post/conflict-over-mustangs-southern-utah <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Gary Herbert says the state might be able to do a better job of managing wild horses on Utah’s public rangeland than federal authorities do.&nbsp; And both wild horse advocates and local officials in southern Utah say the Bureau of Land Management needs to be doing more.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are differing estimates of the number of mustangs living on public rangeland in southwestern Utah.&nbsp; Local officials say there might be as many as 2000 in an area that can only sustain only about half that.</span></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 19:49:01 +0000 Dan Bammes 45697 at http://kuer.org Conflict Over Mustangs in Southern Utah Herbert: Nevada Standoff Shouldn't Frame Public Lands Debate http://kuer.org/post/herbert-nevada-standoff-shouldnt-frame-public-lands-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The standoff between a Nevada rancher and the federal government has put public lands issues in the national spotlight.&nbsp; But Utah’s governor says it’s not the kind of attention that helps to solve problems.&nbsp;</p><p>Federal officers stopped their roundup of Clive Bundy’s cattle earlier this month to prevent a violent confrontation with Bundy’s armed supporters.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:05:28 +0000 Dan Bammes 45351 at http://kuer.org Herbert: Nevada Standoff Shouldn't Frame Public Lands Debate Governor's Healthy Utah Plan "Well Received" in Washington D.C. http://kuer.org/post/governors-healthy-utah-plan-well-received-washington-dc <p>Governor Gary Herbert says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and top officials at the White House were very receptive to his plan to help cover uninsured Utahns.</p><p>After his visit to Washington D.C. earlier in the week Governor Herbert says he’s confident that Secretary Sebelius will approve his Healthy Utah plan.</p><p>“As she said to me, I see nothing in your proposal, Governor, that would be a deal breaker.”</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:53:29 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44941 at http://kuer.org Governor's Healthy Utah Plan "Well Received" in Washington D.C. Governor Meets with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius http://kuer.org/post/governor-meets-hhs-secretary-kathleen-sebelius <p>Governor Gary Herbert is in Washington D.C. Monday meeting with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about his plan to help low income Utahns get health insurance.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:27:52 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44841 at http://kuer.org Governor Meets with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Given Legislature Stronger Subpoena Power http://kuer.org/post/governor-vetoes-bill-would-have-given-legislature-stronger-subpoena-power <p class="p1">On <span class="s1">final day to approve</span> bills passed by the Utah Legislature, Governor Gary Herbert vetoed <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0414.html" target="_blank">HB414</a>, which would have given the legislature the final say on challenges to legislative subpoenas.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:51:56 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44314 at http://kuer.org Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Given Legislature Stronger Subpoena Power Herbert: Delay Hasn't Hurt Medicaid Alternative http://kuer.org/post/herbert-delay-hasnt-hurt-medicaid-alternative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Gary Herbert says he doesn’t think Utah’s long delay in coming up with an alternative to expanding Medicaid has hurt the prospect of a successful program.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:22:53 +0000 Dan Bammes 44011 at http://kuer.org Herbert: Delay Hasn't Hurt Medicaid Alternative Utah Unemployment drops to 3.9% http://kuer.org/post/utah-unemployment-drops-39 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s unemployment rate dropped below four percent in February for the first time since 2008.</span></p><p>Governor Gary Herbert was beaming as he went before the TV cameras this morning to say Utah’s unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent, compared to a national rate of 6.7 percent.&nbsp; The statewide rate of job growth is at 2.8 percent.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:41:24 +0000 Dan Bammes 43068 at http://kuer.org Utah Unemployment drops to 3.9% Parks, Communities Lost Millions During Shutdown http://kuer.org/post/parks-communities-lost-millions-during-shutdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Interior Department issues a report every year on the economic benefit of national parks.&nbsp; This year, that was complicated by the government shutdown that closed the parks for 16 days in October.</span></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/docs/Economic2013ShutdownReport_Final_nrss_VSE.pdf">report from the National Park Service</a> estimates parks and gateway communities lost more than 400-million dollars in visitor spending during the 16-day government shutdown.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:36:09 +0000 Dan Bammes 42858 at http://kuer.org Parks, Communities Lost Millions During Shutdown Governor Herbert's Health Plan: Take Federal Money, Don’t Expand Medicaid http://kuer.org/post/governor-herberts-health-plan-take-federal-money-don-t-expand-medicaid <p>Governor Gary Herbert announced his long-awaited plan Thursday concerning Medicaid and health coverage for the poorest Utahns. He’s calling it Healthy Utah.</p><p>The Supreme Court decided in 2012 to let states choose whether to expand Medicaid as it was intended under the Affordable Care Act. Now, more than a year and a half later, after reviewing proposals from the state house, the senate, and panels of stakeholders, Governor Herbert finally revealed <em>his </em>plan.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:02:41 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42749 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert's Health Plan: Take Federal Money, Don’t Expand Medicaid Governor Urges Caution on Bill to Counter Ballot Initiative http://kuer.org/post/governor-urges-caution-bill-counter-ballot-initiative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s governor says the legislature should be cautious about interfering with a citizen initiative on how candidates for public office are nominated. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:05:28 +0000 Dan Bammes 42370 at http://kuer.org Governor Urges Caution on Bill to Counter Ballot Initiative Bill Requiring Cleaner State Fleet Moves Ahead http://kuer.org/post/bill-requiring-cleaner-state-fleet-moves-ahead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that requires the state to use high-efficiency, low-polluting vehicles in its own fleet got strong support in the Utah State Senate this morning.</span></p><p>Senate Bill 99 originally required the state to use compressed natural gas vehicles for half its fleet by 2018.&nbsp; But Republican Senator Scott Jenkins changed it to allow vehicles that use low-sulfur Tier 3 gasoline.&nbsp; Jenkins says the people who run the state motor pool say it would accomplish the same goal for a lot less money.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:38:10 +0000 Dan Bammes 41752 at http://kuer.org Bill Requiring Cleaner State Fleet Moves Ahead Students Lobby for a New State Tree http://kuer.org/post/students-lobby-new-state-tree <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A group of concerned school kids made their way to the Utah State Capitol Tuesday to ask lawmakers to change one of the state’s symbols.&nbsp;</p><p>Fourth-grade lobbyists say Utah needs a new state tree. &nbsp;Members of Mrs. Blomquist’s class from Monroe Elementary in Sevier County pressed their case at the Capitol. Nine of the students told senators why the Colorado blue spruce should make way for the quaking aspen.</p><p>“The quaking aspen is self-pruning,” said Neomi Avery, “They take care of themselves just like Utah citizens.”</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:28:36 +0000 Judy Fahys 41708 at http://kuer.org Students Lobby for a New State Tree Governor Herbert Taps Tami Pyfer For Education Advisor Post http://kuer.org/post/governor-herbert-taps-tami-pyfer-education-advisor-post <p>Governor Gary Herbert has appointed state school board member Tami Pyfer as his new education advisor. The Governor’s spokesman Marty Carpenter says Pyfer brings in a very broad-scoped education experience from administrator to parent volunteer in public and private classrooms.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:41:33 +0000 Bob Nelson 41088 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert Taps Tami Pyfer For Education Advisor Post Herbert Defends Stance on Same-Sex Marriage http://kuer.org/post/herbert-defends-stance-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he believes regulating marriage is a state’s rights issue, but he understands many people are disappointed by his order to keep the state from recognizing same sex marriages performed legally after a key federal court decision.</span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:58:36 +0000 Dan Bammes 40904 at http://kuer.org Herbert Defends Stance on Same-Sex Marriage Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Urge Govenor to Recognize Their Marriages http://kuer.org/post/same-sex-marriage-advocates-urge-govenor-recognize-their-marriages <p>Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters gathered at the State Capitol this afternoon to urge the governor to stop fighting the case against Utah’s Amendment 3.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:59:45 +0000 Brian Grimmett 40664 at http://kuer.org Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Urge Govenor to Recognize Their Marriages GOP Chooses Sean Reyes, Robert Smith, and Brian Tarbet as AG Nominees http://kuer.org/post/gop-chooses-sean-reyes-robert-smith-and-brian-tarbet-ag-nominees <p>Members of the Utah Republican state central committee<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;selected Sean Reyes, Robert Smith and Brian </span>Tarbet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as their nominees for Attorney General. Governor Gary Herbert will now choose one of these candidates to replace John Swallow. He says he hopes to do it as soon as possible, and hopefully before Christmas.</span></p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 02:57:56 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39572 at http://kuer.org GOP Chooses Sean Reyes, Robert Smith, and Brian Tarbet as AG Nominees Governor's Office Forecasts $200 Million Increase in Ongoing Revenue http://kuer.org/post/governors-office-forecasts-200-million-increase-ongoing-revenue <p>In preparation for the release of the Governor’s budget, members of his staff gathered at the Capitol today to talk about how much money the state could and should spend in the next year.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:54:46 +0000 Karina Puikonnen 38713 at http://kuer.org Governor's Office Forecasts $200 Million Increase in Ongoing Revenue Utah Physicians Call for Boycott of Stericycle’s Incinerator http://kuer.org/post/utah-physicians-call-boycott-stericycle-s-incinerator <p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 06:36:02 +0000 Andrea Smardon 38233 at http://kuer.org Utah Physicians Call for Boycott of Stericycle’s Incinerator Governor Herbert Looks Toward Middle Ground for Medicaid Expansion http://kuer.org/post/governor-herbert-looks-toward-middle-ground-medicaid-expansion <p>Governor Gary Herbert has still not made a decision about expanding Medicaid benefits, but at his monthly KUED news conference today he did shed some light on the decision making process.</p><p>For the past several months Governor Herbert has insisted that all options are still on the table when it comes to the expansion of Medicaid benefits, but his most recent comments suggest that he’s looking at finding some sort of middle ground.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:01:14 +0000 Brian Grimmett 38210 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert Looks Toward Middle Ground for Medicaid Expansion Conservation Central at Utah Water Summit http://kuer.org/post/conservation-central-utah-water-summit <p>Governor Gary Herbert has appointed a team of 37 water district managers, environmentalists, legislators and others to create a long-term strategy for water use and conservation in Utah. &nbsp;The announcement came during a water summit meeting held today at Utah Valley University.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:34:35 +0000 Dan Bammes 37498 at http://kuer.org Conservation Central at Utah Water Summit Governor Announces Clean Air Team http://kuer.org/post/governor-announces-clean-air-team <p>Governor Gary Herbert has created a committee with dozens of high-profile people from around the state to look at solutions to Utah&rsquo;s air quality problems, while critics were blasting a state plan meant to meet stricter federal pollution standards.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Gary Herbert says everything&rsquo;s on the table as his new Clean Air Action Team begins its work.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s led by Dan Lofgren of <a href="http://www.envisionutah.org/">Envision Utah</a> and includes 39 members, ranging from the chairman of Intermountain Health Care to Dan McArthur, the mayor of St. George.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:39:29 +0000 Dan Bammes 36803 at http://kuer.org Governor Announces Clean Air Team Utah's National Parks Reopening http://kuer.org/post/utahs-national-parks-reopening-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.visitutah.com/national-park-travel-advisory/" target="_blank">national parks are re-opening today</a> and they should be back in full operation by tomorrow morning, and Governor Gary Herbert hopes the state can save at least part of its peak tourist season.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:58:45 +0000 Dan Bammes 36646 at http://kuer.org Utah's National Parks Reopening Utah's Governor Blames Federal Shutdown on Lack of Leadership http://kuer.org/post/utahs-governor-blames-federal-shutdown-lack-leadership <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dealing with the federal government shutdown dominated &nbsp;Utah Governor Gary Herbert&rsquo;s monthly news conference on Thursday. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:56:14 +0000 Dan Bammes 36287 at http://kuer.org Utah's Governor Blames Federal Shutdown on Lack of Leadership Lt. Gov. Greg Bell Stepping Down http://kuer.org/post/lt-gov-greg-bell-stepping-down <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell announced his resignation Monday.&nbsp; Bell says financial pressures are making it tough to stay in the job he’s held since 2009.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bell told reporters he’s about to turn 65 and he needs to save money for retirement.&nbsp; He was in the real estate business before he was appointed Lieutenant Governor, and he says the recession was pretty tough.</span></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:20:23 +0000 Dan Bammes 35478 at http://kuer.org Lt. Gov. Greg Bell Stepping Down Governor Honors 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's "Dream" Speech http://kuer.org/post/governor-honors-50th-anniversary-martin-luther-king-jrs-dream-speech <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Gary Herbert joined members of the of the Martin Luther King </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Human Rights Commission at the state Capitol today to honor and celebrate the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”</span></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:01:32 +0000 Brian Grimmett 34611 at http://kuer.org Governor Honors 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's "Dream" Speech Gov. Herbert Resists Oil Leasing in Book Cliffs http://kuer.org/post/gov-herbert-resists-oil-leasing-book-cliffs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking Utah’s state lands agency not to lease about 20-thousand acres in the Book Cliffs for oil and gas drilling.&nbsp; Sportsmen and environmental groups have said the area near Bogart Canyon needs to be protected as wildlife habitat.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:08:35 +0000 Dan Bammes 34559 at http://kuer.org Gov. Herbert Resists Oil Leasing in Book Cliffs