September 2022 Archive

Coming Together: An Update on Bringing Services to the Community of Westwater

During the 2021 General Session, the legislature appropriated $500,000 one-time from the General Fund to the Department of Community and Cultural Engagement for cost-share to assist with bringing services to the community of Westwater, including electricity, drinking water, and sewer from the next-door municipality of Blanding. Westwater is a small community comprised of approximately 29 […]

September 30, 2022

Revitalized Cultural and Event Grant Programs Bestow FY 2023 Awards

During the 2022 General Session, the Legislature established a series of grant programs targeting arts, heritage, culture, events, and economic development. To accomplish their goals, policy makers revamped pass-through funding at the Department of Cultural and Community Engagement (CCE) and the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (GOEO). For grants made by both departments, policymakers established […]

September 23, 2022

LFA Releases the 2022 Funding Item Follow Up Report

In each legislative session, the Legislature appropriates new funding for specific purposes to better serve residents of Utah.  In 2021, the Legislature codified the practice of following up on these “funding items” and directed the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst (LFA), the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (GOPB), and state agencies to collaborate […]

September 20, 2022

If You Build It, They Will Come: Improved Security, Rehabilitation, and Economic Benefits of Prison Relocation

In July of 2022, Utah’s new state correctional facility opened in Salt Lake City. At a total price tag of just over $1 billion, the campus has 3,600 beds and a current population of 2,464. The facility conforms with the highest standards of modern prison reform, which emphasizes rehabilitation. The new prison has extensive space […]

September 12, 2022