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Matthew Piper

Reporter, Government

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Health Policy Project’s Stacy Stanford speaks during a state Health Department public meeting at the Cannon Health Building Thursday, June 22, 2017. Utah asked to put limits on Medicaid. Few Utahns showed up to voice their opinion.
    With all eyes on Washington as Senate Republicans revealed their health care bill, few Utahns weighed in on their state’s request that its Medicaid ex...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 10:27 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth |  Tribune file photo)   Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, center right, takes note of concerns presented by Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, center, during a May 18, 2017, board meeting of the private nonprofit Shelter the Homeless. Fences mended, nonprofit signs off on architect for new homeless shelters, adds new members
    With an assist from a well-known developer, Salt Lake City’s mayor landed her preferred architect for two new homeless shelters. Wednesday’s meeting o...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 07:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, left, and council member, District 4, Derek Kitchen at a recent housing announcment. Kitchen is turning up the heat on the administration to appoint a transportation director. Councilman ‘troubled’ by mayor’s ‘lack of attention’ toward SLC transportation vacancy
    Salt Lake City Councilman Derek Kitchen wrote in a dispatch to supporters Tuesday that he is becoming “very concerned” as the city continues to seek a...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 11:05 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Stephen Selu hits a drive at Nibley Park Golf Course on Friday. Future of streets, golf courses and Twilight remain unknown as Salt Lake City Council approves tight budget
    With few alterations (see: golf), the Salt Lake City Council approved a $273 million budget proposal from Mayor Jackie Biskupski that includes water a...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 03:04 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |   Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake City Police Detective Steve Hartney, is the president of the Salt Lake Police Association. Tuesday, he announced a pay agreement with City Hall that includes a 1 percent pay increase and earlier negotiations on a new contract next year. Hartney is show here in his day job as a hostage negotiator, as he talks to police officers and recruits on how to interact with citizens and how to de-escalate a situation through the correct choice of words. Salt Lake City Police agree to 1 percent pay raise in deal with City Hall
    Salt Lake City reached an eleventh-hour agreement to end an impasse with the city’s police union Tuesday, the same day that its City Council adopted a...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)      Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, talks with members of the media after he answered questions from members of the Salt Lake City Council during the council’s work session at the Salt Lake City and County Building in Salt Lake City Tuesday June 13, 2017. The council is deciding whether or not to approve Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s nomination of Dabakis to the Utah Transit Authority’s board. SLC Council is worried about the plumbing on a burning UTA board, spurned Dabakis says
    Reading the room, state Sen. Jim Dabakis concluded in the middle of a Tuesday confirmation hearing that he was unlikely to be named Salt Lake City’s r...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 03:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Salt Lake City property tax revenues are $1M short as budget deadline looms
    Salt Lake’s City Council discovered Thursday that it needs to carve out more than $1 million from the budget it hoped to approve early next week. Both...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 02:28 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Democratic Party Chairman candidate Rob Miller walks out of a town hall meeting for all chairmen candidates after audience members continued to protest him as he answered questions during the meeting at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Miller said he was excusing himself from the meeting to avoid any more disruption to meeting. Members of the audience stood with their backs to the candidates as Miller tried to answer questions. The town hall comes after party officials had a meeting about what to do with allegations about sexual harassment against Miller. Rob Miller’s accusers say his alleged actions revealed ‘culture of pervasive sexual harassment’ in Utah Democratic Party
    The seven women whose allegations ended Rob Miller’s bid to lead Utah’s Democrats say the party should continue an investigation of Miller because “a ...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 05:57 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rob Miller, a Utah Democratic Party Chairman candidate introduces himself during a town hall meeting for all chairman candidtes at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Wednesday June 7, 2017. The meeting comes after party officials had a meeting about what to do with allegations about sexual harassment against Miller. Accused of sexual misconduct, former Utah Democratic Party leadership candidate says he’s ‘not perfect,’ but ‘conspiracy’ led him to drop out of race, party
    Hours after saying he would continue his campaign to become Democratic Party chairman despite allegations that he had sexually harassed several women,...
    Updated Jun 10 2017 12:11 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Salt Lake City wants input on 2100 South lane reduction, possible bike lane addition
    The stretch of 2100 South between 1700 East and 2300 East would see 30 percent fewer crashes if it were reduced from two lanes in each direction to on...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 04:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake City Council chairman James Rogers speaks at the announcement of sites of four planned homeless shelters, Tuesday December 13, 2016. 20 candidates with a wide range of backgrounds vie for four seats on Salt Lake’s City Council
    Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski isn’t up for re-election until 2019, but two open Salt Lake City Council seats have a dozen suitors, and Erin Me...
    Updated Jun 08 2017 06:10 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Mayor Jackie Biskupski explains what the city has been doing to reduce the crime in the downtown area, during a news conference at the Public Safety Building, Monday, June 5, 2017.   SLC police want a 4.5% pay raise, mayor says only 1%. Impasse declared.
    Salt Lake City’s police union declared an impasse with the city’s negotiating team on Tuesday as about 50 officers — or roughly 1 in 10 on the payroll...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 12:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo)   County District Attorney Sim Gill, Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton, Sheriff Jim Winder and Mayor Ben McAdams, from left, discuss steps to address the public safety crisis currently in the Rio Grande area of Salt Lake City during a press event at the Salt Lake County Government Center in Salt Lake on Monday, May 1, 2017. As county seeks two-thirds of state treatment funding, Sheriff Winder again lashes Salt Lake City
    Selected late last month to become Moab’s police chief, Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said the only thing he runs anymore is his mouth. “But I d...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 12:02 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Ismael Rojas, of Salt Lake City, works in Chapman Branch Library 577 South 900 West in Salt Lake City Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  Last chance for public comment on Salt Lake City budget that includes hike in library tax, sewer, water rates
    Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s 2017-18 budget has encountered little resistance from council members or constituents ahead of Tuesday’s final...
    Updated Jun 06 2017 01:23 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)   Riders board a UTA TRAX train on North Temple that’s headed toward the airport, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Records reflect UTA-Salt Lake City stalemate over $68.5M airport TRAX extension funding
    The debt-mired Utah Transit Authority says it has dug through its seat cushions and come up $58 million short of the $68.5 million cost of relocating ...
    Updated Jun 05 2017 01:10 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)      Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, talks with members of the media after he answered questions from members of the Salt Lake City Council during the council’s work session at the Salt Lake City and County Building in Salt Lake City Tuesday June 13, 2017. The council is deciding whether or not to approve Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s nomination of Dabakis to the Utah Transit Authority’s board. City Council members question Dabakis’ qualifications for UTA board and mayor’s motives for nominating him
    Salt Lake City Council members said Thursday that they are unlikely to sign off on the appointment of state Sen. Jim Dabakis to the Utah Transit Autho...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 11:28 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Senator Jim Dabakis speaks about HB99 during Senate Floor Time at the Utah State Capitol Thursday March 9, 2017. UTA board appointee Jim Dabakis will serve as a 'watchdog,' Salt Lake City mayor says
    Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski nominated state Sen. Jim Dabakis to the Utah Transit Authority’s board of trustees, potentially adding an outspo...
    Updated Jun 05 2017 01:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Shawn McMillen, the executive director of First Step House talks with two men currently living at First Step House, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Local law enforcement has taken an innovative approach around the 210 S. Rio Grande St. shelter, giving low-level drug offenders the chance to receive treatment instead of jail time. Some who were either rounded up during three sweeps last October, or visited the Salt Lake City Police Department’s nearby Community Connection Center, have found help in drug addiction treatment at First Step House. An answered prayer for some addicts, Operation Diversion’s future uncertain as waitlist swells
    John came here for a different life, and he quickly found one. The lanky New Mexican had befriended a Utah man while serving time in a Texas prison an...
    Updated May 31 2017 11:47 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Ismael Rojas, of Salt Lake City, draws a picture in Chapman Branch Library 577 South 900 West in Salt Lake City earlier this month. The Salt Lake City Library Board has eliminated late fees in the city’s library system. Salt Lake City libraries do away with late fees
    The Salt Lake City Library Board has voted unanimously to eliminate late fees, which the system’s executive director says disproportionately affect th...
    Updated Jun 01 2017 02:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jackie Biskupski smiles after being announced the winner  during a election canvass event at City Hall Tuesday November 17, 2015. Salt Lake City Council rebukes mayor’s staff for spending without approval
    Asked by Salt Lake City officials to approve funds that the administration has already spent, the Salt Lake City Council took a stern, borderline pare...
    Updated May 30 2017 03:23 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski raises a concern as members of the private nonprofit Shelter the Homeless meet in downtown Salt Lake City to discuss the future of a local collaboration to reduce homelessness on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Homeless shelter subpopulations revealed in contentious meeting of nonprofit board
    The genders that will be served by three new area homeless shelters have been decided upon, the public learned during a news-laden and at times tense ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Friday May 12, 2017. Cancer institute founder Huntsman Sr. blames University of Utah for fight, says it owes $54 million
    A $54 million dispute over how much the University of Utah should pay toward the Huntsman Cancer Institute appears to be at the heart of an ongoing ri...
    Updated May 12 2017 11:20 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks at a news conference at the Kanab Airport, Wednesday May 10, 2017. Standing with him were Rep. Chris Stewart and a group of county commissioners. I gave Utah a voice, Zinke says as he departs from national-monument trip
    Kanab • Surrounded on the tarmac by an entourage of national monument opponents while full-throated advocates tried to drown him out from the runway f...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 07:23 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke spoke at a brief press conference after having met with members of the Bears Ears Commission Sunday at the Bureau of Land Management office at the Gateway in Salt Lake City, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Zinke says monument designations have been an ‘effective tool,’ though ‘very few ... are to the scale of the recent actions’
    As he embarked on a tour of Utah to review two national monuments, Ryan Zinke said he sees no evidence Native American proponents of Bears Ears Nation...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 07:23 am   |     |   Share
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  • FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon.com will soon start collecting Utah sales tax for online purchases. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) Amazon sales tax from Utah customers will bolster state, local coffers
    Early 2017 sales data suggest that despite slightly higher checkout costs, Utahns will add more than a half-billion dollars’ worth of merchandise to t...
    Updated May 08 2017 11:04 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |   Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake City Jackie Biskupski. Biskupski’s budget seeks to bolster homeless services, rethink golf funding
    Salt Lake City’s mayor pitched a budget Tuesday that would boost funding for homeless services and affordable housing, and that tees up a debate about...
    Updated May 03 2017 12:52 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Councilwoman Lisa Adams speak before Salt Lake City officials appeared before the Sugar House Community Council at the Sprague Library in Salt Lake City, addressing the shelter at 653 E. Simpson, Wednesday January 4, 2017. At left is Councilman Derek Kitchen, photographing an overflow crowd. Salt Lake City Council to have two open races after Lisa Adams announced she won’t seek second term
    The Salt Lake City Council will have at least two new members in 2018, with District 7 representative Lisa Adams announcing Monday that she won’t run ...
    Updated May 03 2017 08:46 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Giles Demke. Plant Maintenance Engineer at Salt Lake City Corporation, talks about the Chlorine contact basin  as he gives a tour of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 1300 West 2300 North in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 27, 2017. SLC sewer rates may double, officials say your waste is worth it
    Even though he was born and raised in Salt Lake City, engineer Giles Demke didn’t know where to find the city’s wastewater reclamation plant until he ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:45 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Stakeholders jostle for position on nonprofit that will run Utah’s homeless initiative
    Nothing has proved easy about restructuring Utah’s approach to homelessness — from choosing locations of proposed new shelters to a schedule for shutt...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 12:11 pm   |     |   Share
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