LOCKHART - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/LOCKHART News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836973-90/utah-federal-lands-states.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836973-90/utah-federal-lands-states.html.csp">Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kristen Moulton</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-18T22:21:27.786-06:00">Updated Apr 18, 2014 10:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. “It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with M...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57836973@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:21:27 MDT Gender gap likely to grow on Utah’s Capitol Hill http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57714202-90/women-lockhart-utah-rep.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57714202-90/women-lockhart-utah-rep.html.csp">Gender gap likely to grow on Utah’s Capitol Hill</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By amy mcdonald</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-24T14:40:51.864-06:00">Updated Mar 24, 2014 02:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As the legislative session came to a close this month, Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, pointed to a mural on the north wall of the Utah House Chamber depicting the historic scene of Seraph Young casting a vote in a Salt Lake City election in 1870. Young, a niece of Brigham Young, reportedly became the first woman to legally vote in the United States. Wilcox was praising Utah’s first woman speaker, Rep. Becky Lockhart, who was presiding over her last session. He called her a “trailblazer” and a leade...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57714202@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:40:51 MDT Op-ed: Moderate voters win session; Lockhart, lungs lose http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57677767-82/utah-lockhart-session-voters.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57677767-82/utah-lockhart-session-voters.html.csp">Op-ed: Moderate voters win session; Lockhart, lungs lose</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Maryann Martindale</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T01:01:07.398-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. And the bigger the loss, too. We began this session hoping for big returns on air quality, education and ethics reform. What we got was somewhat lacking. In no particular order, here is our rundown of this year’s winners and losers. • Speaker Becky Lockhart was the session’s biggest gambler. Unfortunately for her, she lost her bet — making her the biggest loser. Lockhart opened the session with a bold attempt to distinguish herself from Gov. Gary Herbe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57677767@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:01:07 MDT Letter: With Lockhart foolishness out of the way, let’s get serious about education http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57670690-82/education-initiative-lockhart-technology.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57670690-82/education-initiative-lockhart-technology.html.csp">Letter: With Lockhart foolishness out of the way, let’s get serious about education</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T01:01:05.237-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Viewing expensive technology as the magic bullet for education is a questionable assumption to begin with. But the scale of Speaker Becky Lockhart’s $300 million proposal politically distorted the funding and policy-making processes in public education, excluded most stake holders and pointedly ignored various pressing needs that should also be addressed. Now that her technology initiative mercifully has been put to rest (“With Lockhart ed-tech plan out, lawmakers make budget deal,” Tribune, M...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57670690@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:01:05 MDT Letter: $30 million is ‘change out of couch cushions’? Only in Lockhart’s couch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57672332-82/couch-lockhart-cushions-budget.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57672332-82/couch-lockhart-cushions-budget.html.csp">Letter: $30 million is ‘change out of couch cushions’? Only in Lockhart’s couch</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T01:01:05.88-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">So $30 million is like “change out of the couch cushions”? (“With Lockhart ed-tech plan out, lawmakers make budget deal,” Tribune, March 10) Maybe in your world, House Speaker Lockhart, maybe in your world. Kathy Smith Salt Lake City</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57672332@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:01:05 MDT 2014 Utah legislative session: Guv emerges the victor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57679677-90/herbert-session-lockhart-legislature.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57679677-90/herbert-session-lockhart-legislature.html.csp">2014 Utah legislative session: Guv emerges the victor</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T19:31:29.035-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 07:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The stage for the 2014 session was set on the Legislature’s opening day, when House Speaker Becky Lockhart’s audacious criticism of Gov. Gary Herbert drew cheers and gasps, and her words echoed throughout the most substantive and high-profile policy debates. But as the dust settles after 45 days of tense sparring, it is Herbert who can claim victories on many of his goals, leaving Lockhart to mark her 16th and final session in the Legislature with a string of disappointments. Lockhart opened the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57679677@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:31:29 MDT Utah Senate leader suffers apparent heart attack http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57671782-90/okerlund-senate-family-lockhart.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57671782-90/okerlund-senate-family-lockhart.html.csp">Utah Senate leader suffers apparent heart attack</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By lee davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-12T23:16:25.706-06:00">Updated Mar 12, 2014 11:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, collapsed at the Capitol Wednesday and was initially treated there by members who are doctors, nurses and EMTs before being transported to a hospital. The senator’s family indicated that while he was alert and joking, it was unlikely he would return to the Legislature before its mandatory adjournment for the year at midnight Thursday. House Speaker Becky Lockhart said Okerlund was in a meeting with House and Senate Republican leaders discu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57671782@www.sltrib.com Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:16:25 MDT With Lockhart ed-tech plan out, lawmakers make budget deal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57661332-90/budget-education-funding-initiative.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57661332-90/budget-education-funding-initiative.html.csp">With Lockhart ed-tech plan out, lawmakers make budget deal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By XXXXXX</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T21:29:37.628-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 09:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">House Speaker Becky Lockhart said she pulled the plug on her proposed $200 million initiative to put digital learning devices in the hands of every Utah school student when it became evident the Senate was unwilling to offer more than the “change out of the couch cushions.” Lockhart said during negotiations last week she made repeated offers, each smaller than the last, but the Senate Republican leaders were unwilling to give ground on her top policy objective. “It finally became apparent that ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57661332@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:29:37 MDT Letter: Lockhart keeps ‘death panels’ alive in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57659440-82/death-lockhart-becky-panels.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57659440-82/death-lockhart-becky-panels.html.csp">Letter: Lockhart keeps ‘death panels’ alive in Utah</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-11T01:01:02.661-06:00">Updated Mar 11, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">My kudos to Rep. Becky Lockhart for her monumental effort to keep the term “death panels” from becoming obsolete. Way to go, Becky! Now, do us all a favor and shut up and go home. Val Williams Centerville</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57659440@www.sltrib.com Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:01:02 MDT Letter: Lockhart’s, GOP legislators’ decisions on health care may cost lives http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57659462-82/becky-care-citizen-cost.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57659462-82/becky-care-citizen-cost.html.csp">Letter: Lockhart’s, GOP legislators’ decisions on health care may cost lives</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-11T01:01:02.967-06:00">Updated Mar 11, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Unfortunately we don’t need to look outside of Utah for so called health-care “death panels.” We have House Speaker Becky Lockhart, and a majority of the GOP members of the Legislature making these decisions. Apparently, the critical need for someone getting cancer treatment, etc., has gotten lost in a maze of political gamesmanship. I don’t know about Becky and the boys, but I would be horrified if I thought my vote would cost a child or any citizen of our state their life. Am I the only citize...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57659462@www.sltrib.com Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:01:02 MDT Gas, property tax hikes declared dead http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57662133-90/dead-gasoline-initiative-lockhart.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57662133-90/dead-gasoline-initiative-lockhart.html.csp">Gas, property tax hikes declared dead</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T22:34:08.193-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 10:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Proposed increases on gasoline tax and property tax were declared dead Monday by House Speaker Becky Lockhart. “They won’t be heard on the House floor,” she told reporters, even though bills to raise those taxes have passed the Senate. That comes, in part, because Lockhart’s $200 million initiative to improve technology was killed in budget negotiations. She said she viewed the tax increases as attempts by the Senate to fund her initiative without forcing cuts elsewhere. So with her initiative n...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57662133@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:34:08 MDT Budget talks: No money for Lockhart’s Utah ed-tech plan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57656021-78/million-lockhart-senate-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57656021-78/million-lockhart-senate-utah.html.csp">Budget talks: No money for Lockhart’s Utah ed-tech plan</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ROBERT GEHRKE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-09T22:17:23.524-06:00">Updated Mar 9, 2014 10:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">House Speaker Becky Lockhart came away empty-handed in her bid to revolutionize Utah education, leaving the negotiating table over the weekend without any funding for what she hoped would be a $200 million education-technology initiative, according to multiple sources. Lockhart’s bid to put a digital-learning device in the hands of every Utah schoolchild was a bold initiative and would be the capstone of her 16-year legislative career, and possibly serve as a springboard should she decide to ru...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57656021@www.sltrib.com Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:17:23 MDT Letter: Herbert should veto Lockhart initiative if passed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57647824-82/veto-herbert-lockhart-initiative.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57647824-82/veto-herbert-lockhart-initiative.html.csp">Letter: Herbert should veto Lockhart initiative if passed</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-09T22:19:02.048-06:00">Updated Mar 9, 2014 10:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I strongly encourage Gov. Gary Herbert to stick to his guns and veto Speaker Becky Lockhart’s technology initiative HB131 (“Gov threatens to veto Lockhart’s education technology initiative,” Tribune, March 6). As a parent, and former elementary school teacher, I find this bill irresponsible. The first and most important factors affecting educational success are quality teachers and class sizes, not technology. I question Speaker Lockhart’s priorities and motives in proposing this bill. Dar...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57647824@www.sltrib.com Sun, 09 Mar 2014 22:19:02 MDT Editorial: Expensive tech is not what Utah schools need http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57648247-82/lockhart-education-sltrib-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57648247-82/lockhart-education-sltrib-utah.html.csp">Editorial: Expensive tech is not what Utah schools need</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-07T17:38:48.154-06:00">Updated Mar 7, 2014 05:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">If Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart is using her wildly expensive technology initiative as a vehicle to launch a campaign against Gary Herbert for the governor’s chair, she’s missing the mark. It may be presumptive to assume that Lockhart’s motives are primarily political. But if she truly wanted to spend several hundred million on public education — which it certainly could use — why not ask professional educators in the state what they need most? Lockhart, instead, obviously huddled with pol...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57648247@www.sltrib.com Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:38:48 MDT Gov threatens to veto Lockhart’s education technology initiative http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57643762-90/budget-education-governor-herbert.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57643762-90/budget-education-governor-herbert.html.csp">Gov threatens to veto Lockhart’s education technology initiative</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-06T21:51:26.452-06:00">Updated Mar 6, 2014 09:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gov. Gary Herbert warned Thursday that he would seriously consider vetoing House Speaker Becky Lockhart’s landmark education technology bill if the Legislature provides more than $30 million on the digital overhaul. “There’s a point when you say: Look, we’ve got to prioritize correctly,” Herbert said in an interview. “To put more than $30 million into a program that really nobody has heard much about, we don’t know the details or specifics, that is going to rob from higher-needed programs, that...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57643762@www.sltrib.com Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:51:26 MDT House, Senate draw line in sand over pricey tech plan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57637329-90/education-funding-funds-initiative.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57637329-90/education-funding-funds-initiative.html.csp">House, Senate draw line in sand over pricey tech plan</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson and robert gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-06T13:22:03.23-06:00">Updated Mar 6, 2014 01:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Senate Republican leaders say they are willing to spend $26 million on House Speaker Becky Lockhart’s education technology initiative — a far cry from the $200 million to $300 million the speaker sought for her legacy project and an enormous sticking point in budget negotiations entering the final week of the session. Senate budget chairman Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said the question of how much to put into Lockhart’s education technology plan — and where the money should come from — is the only s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57637329@www.sltrib.com Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:22:03 MDT Letter: More tech, fewer days in class won’t help Utah kids http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57625350-82/teachers-allow-districts-lockhart.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57625350-82/teachers-allow-districts-lockhart.html.csp">Letter: More tech, fewer days in class won’t help Utah kids</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-04T13:33:24.415-06:00">Updated Mar 4, 2014 01:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">After reading Rep. Becky Lockhart’s proposal to place iPads in the hands of all Utah students, and then turning a few pages to read about SB103 to allow school districts to cut days from the school year, I was dismayed. The technology Rep. Lockhart wants to spend $200 million to purchase will be obsolete in a few years. Studies have consistently shown that the most important factor in student learning is a highly qualified teacher. That money would be much better spent in attracting and retai...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57625350@www.sltrib.com Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:33:24 MDT Herbert v. Lockhart in session’s final stretch? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57615414-90/herbert-lockhart-governor-speaker.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57615414-90/herbert-lockhart-governor-speaker.html.csp">Herbert v. Lockhart in session’s final stretch?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-04T15:01:11.311-06:00">Updated Mar 4, 2014 03:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">This week, as the Utah Legislature enters the fourth quarter, it appears likely that the close of the 2014 session will be defined by how it opened. Indeed, the gavel had barely dropped when House Speaker Becky Lockhart made her mark on the session, challenged the governor’s leadership, calling him an “inaction figure” and staking out a hard-line opposition to taking any federal money for Medicaid expansion, calling it “a trap.” It may well be the jabs and barbs between Lockhart and Gov. Gary He...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57615414@www.sltrib.com Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:01:11 MDT Letter: Reduce deficit by cutting waste, not health care http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57603501-82/deficit-health-medicaid-support.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57603501-82/deficit-health-medicaid-support.html.csp">Letter: Reduce deficit by cutting waste, not health care</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-05T11:11:07.477-06:00">Updated Mar 5, 2014 11:11AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">John Jackson seems to support Becky Lockhart’s refusal to accept Medicaid expansion money because he is worried about the federal deficit (“Refusing to expand Medicaid is being responsible,” Forum, Feb. 26). I worry about the deficit as well, but I also am sure that when the Constitution Preamble was written, the part concerning “promoting the general welfare ” wasn’t referring to a detested government program, it was referring to a minimal level of health and well-being of citizens needed to s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57603501@www.sltrib.com Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:11:07 MDT Letter: Accepting Medicaid expansion money is no-brainer, Lockhart http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57602280-82/medicaid-expansion-utah-brainer.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57602280-82/medicaid-expansion-utah-brainer.html.csp">Letter: Accepting Medicaid expansion money is no-brainer, Lockhart</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-01T01:01:04.142-06:00">Updated Mar 1, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Accepting unconditional, free federal money for Utah’s expansion of Medicaid is a no-brainer. What does that say about House Speaker Becky Lockhart (“Utah GOP alternative to Medicaid expansion advances,” Tribune, Feb. 24)? David Kranes Salt Lake City</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57602280@www.sltrib.com Sat, 01 Mar 2014 01:01:04 MDT