‘Behind the Headlines’: Cox’s budget; Cox’s ask that Utah colleges stay neutral; and a new mental health report

Salt Lake Tribune journalists join radio show to discuss the week’s big news.

(Bethany Baker | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox speaks during a press conference on free speech on college campuses in downtown Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023.

Gov. Spencer Cox unveils the largest budget proposal in Utah history. The governor also doesn’t want Utah colleges commenting on the Israel-Hamas war — or any other political issue. And a new report says that Utah’s mental health crisis starts in childhood.

Salt Lake Tribune reporters Emily Anderson Stern, Courtney Tanner and Megan Banta, along with news columnist Robert Gehrke, join Utah Public Radio’s Tom Williams to talk about the week’s top stories.

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