Governor News & Media
Governor Restructures Budget Office to Focus on Efficiencies and Outcomes Cox to Head New Office of Management and Budget
Aug 21 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - As the state economy continues to rebound, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert wants to take the way state government services are coordinated and funded to a new level. He is moving to reorganize and re-title the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget (GOPB) as the new Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB), naming Kristen Cox GOMB director.
Governor Pleased with Senate Confirmations Today Su Chon and James Blanch Appointed to Third District Court
Aug 15 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Following today's extraordinary session of the Utah State Senate, Governor Gary R. Herbert met with his nominees for the Third District Court to congratulate them and their families. He then issued the following statement:
SALT LAKE CITY - In a year of drought and fires statewide, water is getting more and more attention in public forums. Today's 7th Annual Native American Summit is no exception. In front of more than 500 attendees, Governor Gary R. Herbert and Confederated Tribes of the Goshute chairman Ed Naranjo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding water rights.
Aug 14 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Yesterday the State Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee voted to not endorse Su J. Chon, Governor Gary R. Herbert's nominee for the Third District Court.
Aug 14 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Yesterday the State Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee voted to not endorse Su J. Chon, Governor Gary R. Herbert's nominee for the Third District Court. Chon's nomination will advance to the entire Senate in an extraordinary session tomorrow. Today the Governor issued the following statement in support of Chon:
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement in response to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's naming of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate:
SALT LAKE CITY-As NASA's 1-ton, unmanned Curiosity rover intelligently traverses Mars, Governor Gary R. Herbert is encouraging unmanned vehicle businesses and entrepreneurs to navigate their way to Utah, bringing jobs and opportunity with them.
Aug 08 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert Tuesday appointed Harris H. Simmons as a member of the State Board of Regents, replacing David Jordan.
Aug 03 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert proposes the following Senate member appointments:
SALT LAKE CITY- Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert is on his way to the Republican Governor's Association (RGA) annual meeting in Aspen, Colorado to discuss current issues with fellow governors. The Governor will also meet with presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
SALT LAKE CITY - Two cities in the top ten "Best Cities for Successful Aging" are right here in Utah according to the non-profit Milken Institute's latest study.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge William W. Barrett effective November 1, 2012. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.
Jul 23 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert today issued the following statement urging caution and adherence to fireworks restrictions as Utahns celebrate Pioneer Day:
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert today paid tribute to Utah's pioneer heritage in his latest blog post:
Jul 20 2012
Salt Lake City - In conjunction with President Barack Obama's proclamation ordering the Flag of the United States of America to be flown at half-staff upon certain Federal facilities, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert today authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah as a mark of respect for the victims of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado.
Salt Lake City - The Utah economy continues to expand according to new employment figures released today by the Department of Workforce Services.
Utah recognized for extraordinary efforts to protect the voting rights of service members and their families
Jul 16 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert was selected Sunday as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee for the 2012-2013 year.
NSF Awards Utah $20M to Boost Statewide Research Infrastructure Multi-university effort aims to manage and protect state's water resources
Jul 13 2012
Salt Lake City - The National Science Foundation has awarded a group of Utah higher educational institutions and related organizations a five-year, $20 million competitive grant to help manage and protect one of the state's most valuable and scarce resources: water.
Jul 12 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - July 12, 2012 - Have you ever heard of Utah.gov? If so, it is not by coincidence. The state of Utah wants citizens to be aware of its official state website, Utah.gov, and the hundreds of government transactions that can be completed online.
Jul 10 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah moved up six places to take second in CNBC's annual study "America's Top States for Business." The 2012 study lauds Utah's strong workforce, effective transportation, and low cost of doing business. Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement:
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert ordered the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on the day of Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley's funeral, Saturday, July 7, 2012. The Governor issued the following statement:
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that no changes to state law are necessary to reduce fire risks in the state. He added that State Forester Dick Buehler has authority to limit the discharge of firearms in unincorporated areas.
Jun 30 2012
SALT LAKE CITY- Yesterday Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert reached out to local religious leaders with a petition for prayer on behalf of those facing and fighting fires in the State. Following is the content of the letter distributed.
Governor Authorizes National Guard to Battle Rose Crest Fire Calls for Herriman residents to fully cooperate with emergency responders
Jun 29 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Herbert has authorized the deployment of the Utah National Guard to assist in the ten alarm Herriman Rose Crest fire. The National Guard is tasked with assisting in the air assault and any other effort local emergency responders need.
Jun 28 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert expressed extreme disappointment today regarding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. His staff is presently conducting a thorough legal and policy review. He has released the following statement:
Jun 26 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed special session legislation Monday and approved the appointment of the new executive director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Tuesday.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's Immigration Law:
SALT LAKE CITY - In accordance with Utah Code Annotated SS 20A-14-105, Governor Gary R. Herbert has certified the following names to the Lt. Governor's Office for inclusion on the 2012 ballot as candidates for the State Board of Education.
Jun 21 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Board of Regents named Dave Buhler the Commissioner of Higher Education today.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Su J. Chon and James T. Blanch to the Third District Court, which serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.
Jun 18 2012
Salt Lake City - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert signed a proclamation convening the Utah Legislature into Special Session to address six legislative issues on June 20, 2012, at 3:00 p.m.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's economic growth continued through May, according to newly released jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Utah added 28,800 jobs in May, maintaining a 2.4% growth rate - which is more than 1.5 times the national growth rate. Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert said this data confirms the success of Utah's economic policies.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today's U.S. Chamber of Commerce Jobs Summit, Governor Gary R. Herbert touted Utah's latest rankings in a steady stream of notable economic accolades.
SALT LAKE CITY- Today Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement on the passing of Paul Flint Barber, Kaysville, a distinguished member of the Governor's Energy Task Force.
Governor Assumes Helm of Western Governors' Association Outlines energy initiative as the focus of his term
Jun 12 2012
Cle Elum, Washington - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert was elected Chairman of the Western Governors' Association (WGA) today. The Governor's primary focus and the overarching theme for his chairmanship is "Responsible Energy Development," with a goal of providing reliable, affordable and cleaner energy for the long term.
SALT LAKE CITY- Today Governor Gary R. Herbert spoke at the Bloomberg State & Municipal Finance Conference in Chicago, Illinois, about the economic recovery in Utah following the national recession.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Brad Barber to the Governor's Council on Balanced Resources. The Council brings together diverse leaders from the public and private sectors to resolve challenging environmental, natural resource and public lands issues. The Council is action-oriented, dedicated to collaborating to achieve practical results.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah has the 49th lowest average in the nation for the amount of time claimants receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. According to new data released by the U.S. Department of Labor, the average UI duration rate was 14.4 weeks for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert today put the brakes on vehicle emissions by signing an executive order requiring all 7,300 state vehicles to be turned off whenever they are expected to idle more than 30 seconds. The order signifies Utah's commitment to improve air quality through the Governor's statewide initiative Utah Clean Air Partnership (U-CAIR).