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Last Updated Dec 8, 2016 06:10AM

Meet the new state budget. Same as the old state budget. Gov. Gary Herbert has done what he usually does about this time of year. Wednesday he released a proposed $16 billion state budget that takes what the economy will …

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  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Desert shrubs put out a spray of spring blooms May 1, 2016, amidst colorful soil layers near Moonshine Tanks in the San Rafael Swell. Editorial: Shared management plan for San Rafael Swell area worth study
    The San Rafael Swell near Goblin Valley State Park is — dare we say it — worthy of a national monument. That’s not to say the president should decla...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 03:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: Heroin plague increases the need for a needle exchange program in Utah
    More and more jurisdictions are making clean syringes available without cost — and without judgment — to people abusing certain drugs. They do it beca...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 06:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Tribune Editorial: What comes after Obamacare? Time for Republicans to deliver
    The Republicans who won the White House and maintained control of Congress have campaigned on a firm — if woefully fuzzy — promise to repeal and repla...
    Updated Dec 04 2016 08:36 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Yellow t-shirts of pro-coal citizens fill a room at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday May 19, 2016, where the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) solicited public input at a public meeting as the next step in the Department of the Interior’s comprehensive review of the federal coal program. Tribune Editorial: New president can’t turn back time on coal
    President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to reverse the Obama administration’s regulations on coal, including the moratorium on federal leases and the...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 06:23 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of the Ballet Folklorico de las Americas perform at event for the renovation of the  Centro Civico Mexicano at 155 South 600 West in Salt Lake City Tuesday Nov. 29.  The new Centro Civico Mexicano will include a cultural center and the development of affordable senior housing units. With the support Salt Lake City, Utah DEQ, and recent contributions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Salt Lake County, the ongoing environmental cleanup and redevelopment project will revitalize CCM and enhance the services they provide to Utah’s growing Latino community. CCM is using grant funding from EPA and Salt Lake County to begin key cleanup activities related to the project this winter. Editorial: The new Centro Civico Mexicano will be good for the whole community
    This is an idea whose time is past due. Centro Civico Mexicano, Utah’s oldest Latino organization, has unveiled a grand project to replace its modes...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 05:57 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Attorneys Brad Parker, left back, and James McConkie join Noor Ul-Hasan, a Muslim community leader, to announce that a diverse, nonpartisan group of attorneys and other professionals from around the state have formed the Refugee Justice League of Utah. The new organization is dedicated to promoting and defending the civil, religious, and constitutional rights of persons who are discriminated against on the basis of their religious beliefs and national origins. Editorial: Utah leaders and lawyers take a brave stand against bigotry
    People who have been saddened or offended by the divisive, xenophobic tone that so much of our public discourse has taken should draw some solace list...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 05:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Students at Granite School District’s Granger High School make their way to class Monday Aug. 22, 2016, during the second week of school. Granite students held steady from last year’s test scores on the Utah-based year-end test known as SAGE. Utah as a whole also stayed relatively constant, test results show, with slight increases in math and science. Editorial: In school funding, lawmakers give and lawmakers take away ...
    For the last 20 years or more, Utah’s elected leaders have been pouring more money in the top of the bucket marked Public Education, even as they have...
    Updated Nov 29 2016 05:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Judge Thomas L. Kay, frustrated with the delay in processing of DNA evidence in the case against Christopher Lee Monson, says he will sign an order demanding the state crime lab explain what happened to the rape kit. Editorial: Threat of jail may get Utah crime lab’s attention
    Even when the criminal justice system works as it should, rape is a particularly difficult crime to prosecute. There is shame, pain, confusion, attack...
    Updated Nov 29 2016 04:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: Impending move of Utah State Prison provides opportunities and risks
    We are surrounded by insurmountable opportunities. — Pogo Planners, developers and local governments are staring at two very large blank canvases ...
    Updated Nov 26 2016 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: Don’t let charters cherry-pick profitable students
    Should we care if people are profiting from Utah charter schools? We should if Utah students aren’t profiting, including the ones who don’t go to cha...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 05:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rudy Herndon | Courtesy   Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings take a tour of some of Utah’s Arches National Park. Editorial: Time for Chaffetz to start checking into Trump’s finances
    A little more than two years ago, as he was about to take the helm of the House Oversight Committee, Utah’s Rep. Jason Chaffetz made a point of reachi...
    Updated Nov 22 2016 08:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: Utah graduation rate up, but achievement gap still stubborn
    The good news is, the statewide high school graduation rate for Utah’s public and charter schools has reached 85 percent. That’s up a good clip over j...
    Updated Nov 24 2016 06:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Editorial: Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
    The human tradition of thanksgiving runs back to ancient times as a celebration of bountiful harvests and the need to be respectful to whatever gods o...
    Updated Nov 24 2016 11:46 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Robert Redford walks on to the Egyptian Theater stage for this year’s Sundance Film Festival opening press conference in Park City, Thursday, January 21, 2016. Editorial: Redford, Utah’s mountain man, reaches another peak
    Before he was the Sundance Kid, before he was “Barefoot in the Park,” even before he made his first TV appearance in a “Maverick” episode in 1960, Rob...
    Updated Nov 21 2016 05:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Transit Authority President and CEO Jerry Benson speaks with the Salt Lake Tribune editorial board Wednesday Nov. 2. Tribune Editorial: UTA gets real about its challenges
    Give new Utah Transit Authority CEO Jerry Benson credit for turning UTA’s attention from building out the kingdom to serving its loyal subjects. He ...
    Updated Nov 19 2016 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy  Centerville’s Episcopal Church of the Resurrection has a 96-panel solar array. Editorial: Utah should go slow on ending clean energy tax benefits
    A gathering stampede among members of the Utah Legislature to curtail or end state tax breaks for clean energy technologies is based on the idea that ...
    Updated Nov 18 2016 05:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)   House Speaker Greg Hughes defended Republican lawmakers decision to reject Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act as the right one. He says states who adopted full expansion are left with big unpaid bills. Tribune Editorial: If Hughes really supported justice reform, he would stop blocking Medicaid
    So. Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes is worried that the state’s forward-thinking Justice Reinvestment Initiative might not succeed because there aren’t...
    Updated Nov 17 2016 08:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mount Jordan Middle School sixth-grader Paige Hendrickson reacts to the electrostatic charge from the Van de Graaff generator the during Utahís Second Annual STEM Fest at South Towne Expo Center Tuesday February 2, 2016.  More than 18,000 seventh through 10th grade students will engage with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through interactive experiences. Editorial: STEM teachers may need a premium to stay in class
    The Utah State Auditor has joined the chorus of educators who say low pay is contributing to the teacher shortage in Utah, but he’s singing solo when ...
    Updated Nov 16 2016 07:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • Steve Bannon, campaign CEO for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, looks on during a national security meeting with advisors at Trump Tower, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Editorial: Time for Utah conservatives to stand against Breitbartism
    The new president of the United States will come to office with no government experience, a small and shifting circle of advisors and a platform based...
    Updated Nov 16 2016 06:30 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick | Tribune file photo)   Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, has been nominated to become a 4th District judge. Editorial: Powell’s nomination as a Utah judge should be rejected
    Accepting that our judges can set aside all personal prejudice and rule without bias has always required a little faith. We’re talking human beings he...
    Updated Nov 15 2016 06:11 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   High School students from Salt Lake City who are afraid, upset and discouraged due to last night’s election results held a sit-in at the Utah Capitol to show solidarity for their immigrant and LGBT peers. Editorial: Utah leaders now have greater power. And greater responsibility.
    Ask not what the new American government can do for Utah. Ask what Utah can do for the new American government. It is natural for Utah’s elected lead...
    Updated Nov 13 2016 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jared Campbell’s solar array produces far more power than Rocky Mountain Power credits him for. This is the case is with virtually all net-metered customers and yet the utility says these early solar adopters are taking a free ride on the grid. Campbell’s unique design was created to take full advantage of the sun year-round. Editorial: We still haven’t figured out true value of rooftop solar
    If you put solar panels on your house and generate enough electricity to sell it to the power company to distribute to your neighbors, are you benefit...
    Updated Nov 11 2016 07:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    With 30 minutes left to vote, there are still long lines outside the West Valley City Hall, Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Editorial: Salt Lake County’s mail-in voter system got off to a rough start
    On paper, it made perfect sense. Let’s make it easier to vote. Send all the registered voters in Salt Lake County their ballots in the mail, so they ...
    Updated Nov 11 2016 08:43 am   |     |   Share
  • President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Editorial: We can only hope that Trump will surprise us again
    In the delightful coinage of the most recent Republican president, the next Republican president has been “misunderestimated” all along. There was no...
    Updated Nov 10 2016 05:58 am   |     |   Share