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SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 23, 2015) ? Utah has the sixth fastest growth rate in the nation among states at 1.75 percent according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau yesterday.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 22, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement in response to the recent ruling allowing the state to end Planned Parenthood contracts:

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 14, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement in response to inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions:

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 11, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced his appointment of David Damschen as the new Utah state treasurer. Damschen will fill the remaining term of Richard Ellis, who stepped down to pursue another career opportunity.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 9, 2015) - Education is once again the governor's top budget priority with nearly 70 percent of new money in the state budget devoted to education. The recommendations are an integral part of the statewide goal to place Utah among the nation's top-10 states in academic performance.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 8, 2015) - For the tenth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has ranked Utah first in the U.S. for volunteerism because of Utahns' generosity and commitment to improve their communities.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 7, 2015) - New consensus revenue figures show Utah's growing and diverse economy is producing additional revenue for the state. The consensus revenue forecast shows an additional $180 million of one-time funds and $380 million in new, ongoing unrestricted revenue for the upcoming FY 2017 budget.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 4, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the state of Utah to continue until Dec. 2, 2015 to honor the victims of the San Bernardino, California attack.

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 28, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Utah Gov. Olene S. Walker:

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 25, 2015) - Federal Judge David Nuffer issued his final order in the litigation against S.B. 54. As part of his decision, the state is prohibited from requiring political parties to allow unaffiliated voters in a primary election or signature-gathering process.

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 19, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the passing of Randy Horiuchi:

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 19, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement regarding legislation expected to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives:

SALT LAKE CITY (November 18, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Gene Cottrell to serve as the inspector general of Medicaid services. Cottrell will replace Lee Wycoff to become Utah's second Medicaid inspector.

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 16, 2015) - Jon Cox, spokesman for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement regarding Syrian refugees entering the state of Utah:

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 15, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah to honor the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris, France.

SALT LAKE CITY - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed an official letter to appoint Lynn Hemingway to the Utah House of Representatives. Hemingway will serve in District 40 and will replace former State Representative Justin Miller.

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 9, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Judge John A. Pearce to serve as a justice on the Utah Supreme Court. Judge Pearce will fill the vacancy created by Justice Jill Parrish when she was confirmed a United States District Court Judge for the District of Utah on August 16, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 3, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced today that he will not convene a nominating committee for the 2016 Utah State Board of Education elections. Jon Cox, spokesman for Gov. Herbert issued the following statement:

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 26, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert and First Lady Jeanette Herbert celebrated the milestone of Utah's three millionth resident today. The event was held at Utah's newest hospital, Mountain Point Medical Center in Lehi.

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 26, 2015) - Utah posted the highest job growth rate in the nation for private and total job growth for the eighth consecutive month. According to the rankings released this month, Utah posted private sector growth at 4.4 percent and total sector job growth at 3.9 percent for the month of September.

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 20, 2015) - Utah's economy remains the strongest in the nation and has once again posted a budget surplus. Today, Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced the state of Utah ended Fiscal Year 2015 with a surplus of $103 million. Of that number, $59 million will be immediately deposited into the rainy day fund, bringing the total of that fund to nearly $528 million, the highest amount in state history.

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 19, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Mike Hussey to lead the Utah Department of Technology Services. After 32 years of service in state government, Mark VanOrden will retire effective Nov. 12, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 16, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Utah State Treasurer Richard Ellis:

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 13, 2015) - Aimee Edwards, spokeswoman for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement today in response to House and Senate discussions on an alternative to Medicaid expansion:

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 2, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah to honor the victims of the tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court. The vacancy results from the resignation of Justice Jill Parrish, effective Aug. 16, 2015. This resignation follows her confirmation as a United States District Judge for the District of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 29, 2015) - Aimee Edwards, spokeswoman for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement in response to Planned Parenthood's lawsuit:

Aimee Edwards, spokeswoman for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement:

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 22, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued this statement following the passing of Elder Richard G. Scott of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 22, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the greater sage-grouse decision announced today:

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 21, 2015) - Utah posted the highest job growth rate in the nation for total and private job growth for the seventh consecutive month. According to new data recently released, Utah posted private job sector growth at 4.6 percent and total sector job growth at 4.0 percent.

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 17, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the State of Utah at all state facilities in observance of the two tragic incidents in Hildale and Zion National Park. The flags will be lowered on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 through Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 to honor the lives lost and serve as a tribute to the first responders who came to their aid.

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 15, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the flash flooding in Keyhole Canyon located in Zion National Park:

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 15, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the flash flooding in Washington County:

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 15, 2015) - After 32 years of service in state government, Mark VanOrden, executive director of the Department of Technology Services (DTS), will retire leaving his post effective on Nov. 12, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY - In honor of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001 and as a tribute to the heroes who came to our country's aid, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the great State of Utah at all state facilities, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 in observance of "Patriot's Day."

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 2, 2015) - The Office of Gov. Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice invites seventh and eighth grade students to participate in the sixteenth annual Do the Write Thing Challenge to stop youth violence in homes, schools and neighborhoods.

SALT LAKE CITY - In a discussion today with Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox, Utah County officials have agreed to allow all county voters to cast only one ballot in the upcoming November election. Previously, election officials considered requiring voters in the five all vote-by-mail cities to also hold a separate in-person election for the county-wide ballot proposition.

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 29, 2015) - A story in the August 29, 2015 edition of the Salt Lake Tribune indicated that unnamed state lawmakers had proposed raising the sales tax on food in order to finance the Utah Cares Plus alternative to Medicaid expansion. The idea has never been mentioned or considered in the Group of Six discussions.

SALT LAKE CITY (August 28, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the passing of Penny Davis:

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