Salt Lake City, UT – Revenue projections released Monday show Utah's economy is getting even stronger. As the legislature moves into the final weeks of its general session, demands on the huge revenue surplus are piling up. KUER's Jenny Brundin looks at the surplus and Dan Bammes follows other action on Utah's Capitol Hill.
Salt Lake City, UT – For weeks, KUER listeners have been participating in the Your Money, Your Choice project with KUED and the Salt Lake Tribune. About two-thirds of the respondents favor dramatically increased spending on Utah's public schools, but transportation and tax cuts are also high on their priority list. KUER's Dan Bammes has been listening to your phone calls.
Salt Lake City, UT – Pulitzer prize winning critic Gail Caldwell poses a complicated question in the first line of her new memoir -- How do we become who we are? "A Strong West Wind" is Caldwell's journey -- from the daughter of a World War II veteran in the Texas Panhandle to a passionate rebel navigating the turbulent 60s. She will be in Salt Lake City later this week, and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about how place, family, art and love mold us all.
Salt Lake City, UT – The First Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees the right to "petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This right has bred professional lobbyists, who play an important role in the working of both national and state legislative bodies. Doug Fabrizio talks to Kirk Jowers of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Ron Hrebenar, author of "Interest Group Politics in America," and lawmakers about who lobbyists are, and what steps must be taken to impose ethical standards in the wake of high-profile scandals.
Salt Lake City, UT – Arvol Looking Horse is the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle Keeper and a spiritual leader of the Lakota-Dakota-Nakota Nation. Understanding the sacred rites of indigenous peoples has given Mr. Looking Horse a unique perspective on global issues -- issues of peace, the environment and human rights. He is in Salt Lake City this week, and joins Doug Fabrizio in studio, along with Forrest Cuch, Director of Utah's Division of Indian Affairs.
Salt Lake City, UT – At the State Capitol, state lawmakers examined two controversial bills---on teaching evolution in the classroom and paying for women's reproductive health care costs. KUER's Tasha Cook reports: KUER's Tasha Cook reports.
Salt Lake City, UT – Is the war on terror making Americans safer, or enflaming radical Islamic groups around the world? Former White House advisor and National Security Council member Daniel Benjamin argues that we are losing -- that four years after September 11, we are no closer to "victory." Benjamin, co-author of the book The Next Attack, is in Salt Lake City this week, and joins Doug Fabrizio to talk about his research and about his strategy for getting it right.
February 8, 2006 – A bill that would require people proof of citizenship when registering to vote advanced on Capitol Hill yesterday. Legislators also considered bills on wearing seat belts, presidential primaries, animal torture and raw milk. KUER's Jenny Brundin reports:
Salt Lake City, UT – As Utah lawmakers look at a billion dollar state surplus, decisions must be made about how the windfall should be spent. While some at Utah's Capitol Hill caution discipline, others see an opportunity to reduce taxes or to fund projects like transportation. A recent Salt Lake Tribune-KUED-KUER poll found that 61% of Utahns want to improve public schools. Doug Fabrizio talks to lawmakers and analysts about spending priorities and fiscal choices in a year of plenty.
Salt Lake City, UT – A Senate Committee wrote the latest chapter in the ongoing battle to define who's legally allowed to use and possess peyote in Utah. A joint appropriations subcommittee decided that making up cuts in federal spending was its top priority for spending the new money available in this year's state budget for social services. And a bill to expand all-day kindergarten programs advanced on a razor-thin committee vote. KUER's Dan Bammes and Laura Weiss report.