Logan and his wife Kim wanted me to extend a special thank you to Alex Johnson, Logan’s intern. He really did an outstanding job. And while we’re on the subject of thank-yous, I would like to thank both of them for giving me the opportunity to write this blog.
The final week of the 2017 General Legislative Session was extremely busy but a lot was accomplished. Governor Gary Herbert called it the “most collegial, collaborative” session he could recall in his seven years as governor, a sentiment which was echoed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Among the things that were accomplished was a much needed increase in funding for public education of four percent per pupil. The new money will be distributed via weighted student funding which simply means that the funds the schools receive will be based on the number of students which attend them. It also means that the local school districts will have the freedom to decide how best to use the funding in order to best meet the needs of the students. Lawmakers have also taken on the homelessness crisis. A bipartisan effort lead to the legislature committing about $10 million to build three new homeless shelters in Salt Lake County.
On Monday speaker Greg Hughes announced that they would no longer be considering restoring the full food tax after new data showed that the benefit of doing so would be marginal. The hope was to reduce the volatility of State revenue.
On Monday there was a fantastic article on Standard.net wherein Rep. Brad Wilson talked about HB272, a bill he’s sponsoring. Utah is known throughout the country for it’s business friendly environment. Utah has been ranked #1 on Forbes’ “America’s Top States for Business” list six times in the last seven years. This bill would help ensure that Utah maintains it’s business friendly leadership status. Logan voted for this bill for the second time on Wednesday, approving amendments added by the Senate. This bill would require that every piece of legislation that lawmakers consider have a regulatory note attached to it. The regulatory note will include an analysis of the potential impact the legislation could have on small businesses. This would help legislators make well informed decisions while taking into consideration the impact of those decisions have on small businesses. The bill would also require a more rigorous analysis of actions taken by the executive branch and their impact on businesses. Logan is very supportive of this bill noting that “Often times when we look at fiscal impacts, we’re only looking at the fiscal impact to government and this was looking at the fiscal impact that regulation was going to put on small businesses. So in my mind that’s a good direction.”
As always, thank you for reading and please feel free to contact Logan with any questions comments or concerns you may have. He loves getting feedback from his constituents.
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