As we wrap up week 5 of the Legislative Session, I wanted to share some highlights! I had the opportunity to meet with several groups, including the Santaquin City Council. You have great leaders there and I am glad that I could talk with them. I also had the opportunity to meet with OUTRAGE youth advocates on Thursday. Their efforts to get involved in the legislative process are impressive and vital to building a bright future for the state. I also enjoyed meeting with students from Santaquin and Payson sharing their art at the Capitol. They are extremely talented, and I am grateful for the chance to have met them. Each of these groups brought their unique and valuable perspective to many issues, just like you can.
Expanding Transit in our State
Preserving Utah’s quality of life in the face of growth is one of our top priorities and we recognize that the transportation needs of our rapidly growing state cannot be met by roads alone. This week, HB 322, Public Transit Capital Development Modifications, passed the House Transportation Committee. This new approach to building and expanding transit in our state will have generational impacts on our land, economy, air quality, and time.
Tour of the Great Salt Lake
This week I had the opportunity to take flight in a helicopter tour of the Great Salt Lake given by the Utah National Guard and guides from the Audubon Society. The Great Salt Lake is a defining feature of our geography, culture, and environment however, it’s in danger. It was humbling to see firsthand some of the issues facing the Great Salt Lake and gain a better understanding of how these issues affect the lives of all Utahns.
2022 Revenue Numbers
The Governor’s Office, Utah Senate, and House of Representatives released revenue numbers for state fiscal year (FY) 2022-23. Utah is leading the nation in economic performance and continues to exceed expectations. Though Utah’s economy is strong, there are significant factors, including federal stimulus wind down, that may dampen revenue gains.
Utah Highway Patrol
I’m grateful for the Utah Highway Patrol and all they do to keep the state and Capitol safe! This week the House recognized these officers for their dedication, time, and commitment to keeping Utahns safe.
Many people are concerned about the amount of federal spending we’ve seen over the past couple of years and the impact it has on inflation. The Legislature, however, is working hard to minimize the impacts of inflation and ensure that the excess in revenue is carefully spent.
Representative Mike Schultz, House Majority Leader, joins us to discuss some of the upcoming transportation projects Utahns can look forward to seeing across the state in the coming years. Listen now on Spotify or Apple Podcasts!
Representative Doug Welton
Utah House District 67
Bills Passed this Week