Unemployment Improving as Utah Moves to the New Normal

With the coronavirus pandemic having effectively brought commerce to a halt, the local economy is certainly feeling it — but less intensely than other parts of the country. Utah’s unemployment was up to 9.7 percent in April from a paltry 2.5 percent in February and 3.6 percent in March. This was higher than at any point during the Great Recession when unemployment topped out at 8.0 percent in the spring of 2010. “Utah’s strong economy preceding this pandemic offered more cushion against disruption than seen across the rest of the country, thus Utah’s more moderate setback,” said Mark Knold, Chief...

The UPC Show – Episode 299 – Harlequin Nonsense

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Bob Kubicheck, and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: The third of three propositions voters approved is under fire by the legislature, we have the latest and greatest (?) abortion bill, lawmakers are futzing with daylight savings time (again), a loophole so bad even the payday loan industry wants to close it, and the state has $900 million to play with…sort of. In the second half: Easy come, easy go for Representative Stewart to become the next head of US Intelligence, Mike Lee defends his impeachment vote and calls the ERA part...

The UPC Show – Episode 298 – Nebuchadnezzar is My Man

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: Bigamy could be legal in Utah, don’t call the only Black lawmaker a “slave” when lobbying, mobile voting continues to have its problems, straight-ticket voting might be on the way out, and, despite the tight budget, we might be suing California. In the second half: Representative Stewart might be the next head of the U.S. intelligence apparatus, Representative Curtis votes to ratify the ERA, Representative McAdams sees a drop in his numbers after the impeachment vote, Huntsman uses a familiar play in his run for...

The UPC Show – Episode 297 – Gayles gonna Gayle

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: Senator Romney voted for impeachment and is taking hits in both the polls and at the leg…of course, the Legislature and Governor are having their own problems at the polls as well, mostly related to the defunct tax law that is slowly creeping its way back in. McAdams is crushing it at fundraising while those who support the 2nd Amendment are feeling crushed. In the second half: birth control, porn, charging minors as an adult, and vanity license plates! My, my, the legislature seems to...

The UPC Show – Episode 296 – Passive Beavers

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Petition gatherers force the hand of the legislature and tax reform is no more, this (naturally) has caused a bit of a problem for this year’s budget…but, don’t worry, perhaps lawmakers could ask their donors to give a little more (they did account for 93.5% of all political donations, after all), and we dust off the SB54 box, yet again. In the second half: Should we be able to recall our senators? Should we ban hormone replacement treatment for minors? Should we deny...

The UPC Show – Episode 295 – It’s Redonkulous

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Alex Cragun! In the first half: The inland port continues forward after a judge’s ruling, Governor Herbert says no to Harmons AND condoms, Senator Lee has a terrible anti-abortion bill, and the numbers are in for Utah’s new DUI law. In the second half: One lawmaker wants to require clergy to report child abuse while another is upset about school fees. Should the state take a stance on naming things (or more specifically NOT naming things) after Native Americans? And Utah’s medical cannabis law is starting to look more...

The UPC Show – Episode 294 – Fire Jugglers and Monkeys

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Bob Kubicheck! In the first half: Well, they dun did the thing: The legislature passed sweeping tax reforms that have riled people up to the point where a formal petition process has begun. But UDOT is looking ahead on tax issues related to funding roads by starting a new taxation process for electric vehicles. Oh, and speaking of the wisdom of the legislature – remember how they overturned the will of the people on Medicaid expansion? Well, the grand plan didn’t work, and now the State of Utah basically...

The UPC Show – Episode 293 – Be Cool Honey Bunny

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: No one is watching the oil wells, Herbert calls for a $160 million tax cut (as opposed to the $80 million proposed by the legislature), but, hey, at least he is welcoming immigrants., and a new push to pass the ERA hits Utah In the second half: Strap in, 900 bills have already been filed for the upcoming legislative session, none of them probably deal with the fact that we are out of bar licenses or a carbon tax, which most likely not be on...

The UPC Show – Episode 292 – GET HIM OFF THE STREET!

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring, Dylan McDonnell, and Alex Cragun! In the first half: Operation Rio Grande may not have been all that great, but don’t worry – homeless people still don’t have a place to stay as winter sets in. The new tax proposal finally received a formal committee hearing, and it is still terrible, another contender is challenging Representative McAdams, and Chris Stewart is a no-show to impeachment hearings. In the second half: Utah’s newest legislator is also its youngest, Mendenhall soundly wins the Salt Lake City Mayor’s race while one city council member may...

The UPC Show – Episode 291 – BING!

Welcome to the UPC Show with Curtis Haring and Dylan McDonnell! In the first half: Rob Bishop and Aimee Winder Newton come ever-so-close to actually saying they are going to run for governor, the San Juan County Clerk continues to have election shenanigans, and Mendenhall appears to be pulling away in the race for Salt Lake City Mayor. In the second half: Chris Stewart continues his downward spiral down the rabbit hole, we have some solid plans for tax reform in Utah and, surprise, it is basically the worst thing possible for the poor, Governor Herbert wants to give the...