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Legislative Fiscal Analyst Reviews Economic Impact of Tech Development
SALT LAKE CITY – The office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst released a report Tuesday detailing its analysis of economic impacts should the current prison site be redeveloped as a technology corridor.
According to the report, a $1.1 billion initial investment in the technology industry could create substantially more economic activity than MGT cited. The state can expect to see over 23,000 new jobs, $2.4 billion in new state wages, $2.7 billion in economic activity and $178 million in tax revenue.
Representative Brad Wilson R-Kaysville requested the analysis on the basis that the Master Plan for the Potential Relocation of the Draper Prison, prepared by MGT of America, only studies the economic impact of a retail-centric redevelopment and does not address the impact of a tech-centered approach.
Representative Wilson commented, “This report, as well as the report requested by Representative Nelson, make it clear that with the right planning the Draper redevelopment can have an incredibly positive impact on the State of Utah without competing with existing business. The key now is to ensure that we’re doing everything we can to establish a climate for success.”
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Rep. Jon Cox, R-Ephraim announced Wednesday that he would be resigning from the Utah House of Representatives effective immediately. Cox will be joining Governor Herbert’s office as Director of Communications.
Speaker Hughes commented, “Representative Cox has been a valuable asset to this body and has represented his constituents well. Jon worked tirelessly to make good policy better and I have no doubt he’ll take that desire and resolve to the Governor’s office. We’re thankful for his contribution and wish him well.”
The Republican Party is now tasked with choosing a replacement for House District 58, who will then be appointed by the Governor and serve the remainder of the elected term.
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Utah House Majority Response to Medicaid Expansion Presser
SALT LAKE CITY – We welcome and appreciate public engagement on crucial policy issues. Harkening back to a proposal that not only didn’t pass and was only intended to run for a very limited period of time, but would also place us in the same untenable position 18 months down the road, keeps us from looking forward in a constructive way.
Since the end of the 2015 general session the group of six, established by HCR12, have been meeting regularly to find a sustainable solution to the coverage gap created by Obamacare that doesn’t put the traditional Medicaid population at risk. We are not debating ‘Healthy Utah’ or ‘Utah Cares’; there is a general consensus to find solutions to our health care challenges. We hope the interested non-profits didn’t spend too much of their finite dollars on specific plans that are not part of our work.
Speaker Hughes and Representative Dunnigan remain committed to working with the group of six to develop a long-term solution to this problem while also protecting Utah taxpayers.
Yesterday Governor Herbert ceremonially signed H.B. 288: Line of Duty Death Benefits for Peace Officers & Firefighters. Representative Ray, Nannette Wride, Shante Johnson, the Utah Highway Patrol, Utah’s Sheriffs, and Police Chiefs and Firefighters worked tirelessly during the 2015 General Legislative Session to ensure the widows and families of fallen officers had access to help and information. H.B. 288 provides advocates, insurance coverage, and financial assistance to the fallen officers’ families. This legislation provides for the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Congratulations to all those who contributed to this remarkable piece of legislation.
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Representative Brad Wilson’s Statement on H.B. 285
SALT LAKE CITY – H.B. 285 “Building Code Review and Adoption Amendments allows the legislature to make amendments to the 2015 building code, and requires the Uniform Building Code Commission to study opportunities to improve building energy codes not every three years, but annually. This change in statute will provide the legislature with more information, not less. This will make it possible for the legislature to adopt new building codes and energy saving practices year after year, rather than every three years.
“Unfortunately there has been a fundamental misunderstanding of what H.B. 285 does. This bill allows us to look at what makes sense for Utah consumers in terms of safety, energy saving, and environmental impacts not just every three years, but annually.” Said Representative Brad Wilson.
“During the session I met with numerous industry representatives and I have continued to work closely with them to ensure that this is the best policy economically and environmentally. Heal Utah has not approached me to discuss this legislation, but I welcome the opportunity to engage in open and meaningful dialogue.”
During the 2015 General Legislative Session H.B. 285 was available for public comment both in the House Business and Labor Committee, and the Senate Business and Labor Committee. It was also heard June 17 in the most recent Business and Labor Interim Committee.
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Utah House of Representatives
June 25, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY– Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives Greg Hughes(R-Draper) issued the following statement Thursday, after the Supreme Court’s ruling on King v. Burwell:
“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is both disappointing and destructive. Obamacare has fundamentally failed the taxpayer and many of the Americans it purports to help. This administration’s damaging healthcare policy continues to undermine real insurance markets and drive up the cost of healthcare, resulting in less access to care for many of our nation’s most needy.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision allows the Obama Administration to ignore the law. Here in Utah, we follow the law and we balance our budget. Obamacare has forced states to make up for the failures of this poorly designed federal legislation. The Utah House is committed to caring for Utah’s uninsured in an effective and sustainable way, and today’s ruling in no way changes that effort. We remain dedicated to finding a fiscally responsible and meaningful solution to the obstacles created by Obamacare.”