Governor News & Media
Dec 22 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following message to all Utahns this holiday season:
SALT LAKE CITY - Ten days ago Governor Gary R. Herbert and other state leaders sent Kathleen Sebelius, head of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), a letter urging consideration of state input in federal health policy, as well as flexibility in defining the "essential health benefits" package dictated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Last Friday, HHS released a bulleting doing just that.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the appointment of Kathleen Clarke to head the Public Lands Policy Coordination Office (PLPCO). Clarke is presently a deputy commissioner of the Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food and former national director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the U.S. Department of Interior.
Dec 15 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Today's Dept. of Workforce Services (DWS) announcement of a notable decline in Utah's unemployment rate prompted a response from Governor Gary R. Herbert.
Utah Files Notices of Intent to Sue Federal Government Over Title to 18,784 Roads in 22 Utah Counties
Dec 14 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - The State of Utah has completed filing a series of Notices of Intent (NOI) to initiate litigation under the Quiet Title Act for 18,784 roads in 22 rural Utah counties. The NOIs were filed with the U.S. Department of Interior in anticipation of filing suit in federal court, as required by law.
SALT LAKE CITY -Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the appointment of Curtis L. Garner to the Third District Court. Garner will be filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Sandra N. Peuler. Garner is currently serving as a member of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.
Dec 12 2011
Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert unveiled his budget recommendations for FY 2013. The Governor’s budget recommendations focus on his four policy cornerstones: Education, Jobs, Energy, and Self-determination. A recovering economy and fiscally prudent management will allow the State to fund critical priorities, including growth in public education.
SALT LAKE CITY - The U.S. Census Bureau's Consolidated Federal Funds Report for Fiscal Year 2010 shows that, unlike many state economies that are increasingly reliant on federal government spending, Utah depends less per capita on federal dollars.
Dec 07 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - At 5 p.m. this afternoon the Governor's Office met with Davis County leaders, city leaders, emergency responders and state agency leadership via conference call for a status update on remaining local needs in the cleanup effort following last week's severe wind storm.
Dec 06 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on December 7 only.
Dec 06 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Yesterday, Governor Gary R. Herbert and First Lady Jeanette Herbert unveiled the 2011 Holiday theme for the Governor's Mansion: "The Music of Christmas."
SALT LAKE CITY - Earlier this morning Governor Gary R. Herbert met with Davis County leaders, city leaders, emergency responders and state agency leadership via conference call for a status update and report on remaining local needs in the cleanup effort following last week's severe wind storm.
Dec 04 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Just after 8:00 this morning Governor Gary R. Herbert ordered the Utah National Guard, the Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) and the Dept. of Transportation (UDOT) to assist Davis County residents and local emergency response officials in preparing for another possible wind event late this afternoon and early evening.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert is urging residents along the Northern Wasatch Front to make preparations for another wind storm which is forecasted to begin tomorrow, Sunday, December 4, at 5:00PM and continue overnight.
Dec 02 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following statement:
Dec 01 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - The State of Utah is gaining ground pushing back against the federal government on the Affordable Care Act. A FAQ-style memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week signals new policy positions which allow states significant flexibility to implement exchanges that reflect state practices, preferences, and market goals.
Nov 28 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - The Governor's Office of Planning and Budget (GOPB) released new consensus revenue figures today indicating the State anticipates $128 million in new one-time revenue and $280 million in new ongoing revenue.
Nov 23 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following message in recognition of the Thanksgiving Day holiday:
SALT LAKE CITY - For the second consecutive year, Forbes has awarded Utah the top spot on its annual "Best States for Business and Careers" list.
SALT LAKE CITY -The Governor's Office of Planning and Budget (GOPB) has released the "2011 Economic Report to the Governor." The report, in its 25th year of publication, represents a collaborative effort of public and private entities to provide consolidated information on Utah's economy. The 2011 report portrays a strengthening recovery, though the global financial crisis that began in 2008 continues to influence economic growth in every state.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's latest Key Economic Performance Indicators (KEPI) report indicates many key variables in the state's recovering economy are better than they were at this time last year. Employment, revenue, foreclosures and international trade figures are all markedly improved when compared to 2010.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced Utah plans to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with other states to encourage the production of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) by automobile manufacturers in the United States.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert offered his congratulations to the Utah Department of Technology Services (DTS) and Utah Interactive for the 16 national and international awards the official state website, Utah.Gov, has received this year.
The Governor's Office and Utah Attorney General's Office announced today the filing of federal lawsuits to settle ownership rights on roads in Garfield and Kane Counties, including roads within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
Nov 11 2011
Whereas, at the inception of World War II pursuant to Executive Order 9066, 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated in America's internment camps...
SALT LAKE CITY - In honor of Veterans Day tomorrow, the Governor's Office released the content of a candid conversation with Governor Gary R. Herbert about his past military service, his appreciation for those in uniform, and his commitment to ensure the State appropriately supports and honors veterans, not only on Veterans Day, but every day. "We cannot tell them thank you enough," the Governor said. "Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced that on Wednesday, November 9, at 12:00 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST), the federal government will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test will last about 30 seconds, but could go as long as three and a half minutes, during which regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows will be interrupted.
SALT LAKE CITY and WASHINGTON, D.C.- Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Utah's entire congressional delegation, including Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, and Congressmen Rob Bishop, Jim Matheson and Jason Chaffetz, today expressed deep concerns with the Air Force's decision to eliminate jobs at Hill Air Force Base.
Salt Lake City - The Utah Department of Workforce Services is partnering with the US Chamber of Commerce, Salt Lake Chamber, Davis Chamber, and Ogden/Weber Chamber and the Utah Veterans and Military Employment Coalition to help veterans, guardsmen, reservists and their spouses find meaningful employment at this one-of-a-kind FREE hiring fair. Hiring Our Heroes is an initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to find meaningful employment for our nation's veterans.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following statement regarding the Arizona Department of Transportation's application to the Federal Highway Administration to allow the imposition of tolls on the 29.4-mile stretch of Interstate 15 within Arizona's border.
SALT LAKE CITY-Utah's online voter registration program, voter.utah.gov, was recognized as a top government-to-citizen website by the Center for Digital Government. Online Voter Registration is one of hundreds of services available online via Utah.Gov, the official website for the state of Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY - Yesterday the State of Utah convened the organizational meeting of the Federalism Subcommittee, chaired by Lt. Governor Greg Bell at the request of Governor Gary R. Herbert. "One cornerstone to ensuring the State's economic recovery and prosperity is self-determination-the ability of the State of Utah to address Utah's problems in Utah's way.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Sandra N. Peuler. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.
Oct 20 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the remaining pieces of legislation from the recent special legislative session.
Oct 13 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following pieces of legislation from the current special legislative session.
Governor Gary R. Herbert addressed high school students across the State of Utah today from the Utah State University extension in Blanding. In this first-ever broadcast of its kind, the Governor focused on the importance of post-secondary education.
Oct 11 2011
From the only remaining one-room school house in the state, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert kicked off his four-day Rural Jobs Tour today at Grouse Creek School. Grouse Creek presently has 17 students, from kindergarten through the tenth grade.
Oct 01 2011
SALT LAKE CITY-The Office of Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announces the passing of the Governor's beloved mother, Carol Boley Herbert, age 82, early this morning.
Sep 30 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Nearly 500 business, community, education, and government leaders gathered in Salt Lake City today to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive plan that will guide Utah's health system reform efforts over the next several years.
Sep 28 2011
Salt Lake City - Just after noon today, Governor Gary R. Herbert signed a proclamation convening the Utah Legislature in a Special Session to address seven legislative issues next Monday, October 3, at 9:00 a.m.