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Week 0: New Plexiglass, Same Old Debates

Cory Dinter for KUER

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” — your aunt’s throw pillow, probably.

The tired phrase is also true for the 2021 Utah legislative session, where things will certainly look different this time around (plexiglass between desks and virtual meetings). But some things just don’t change so quickly. As they have for the past several decades, Republicans hold a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature.

To get a sense of what might happen over the next 45 days on Capitol Hill, hosts Emily Means and Sonja Hutson talked with Senate President Stuart Adams and House Minority Leader Brian King.

Adams said this is “the year of the tax cut,” and King said he hopes to see some policies get passed about the state’s COVID-19 response, budget and healthcare. Plus, both parties are thinking about police and gun reforms — although certainly not with the same agenda.

Oh, and two Laytonians finally settle the age-old dispute about how to pronounce the “T.”

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Emily Means was raised in Layton, Utah, but she’s found her place in Salt Lake City. She’s worked at just about every public radio station in and around Salt Lake, starting as a weekend host at KUER in 2015, then a producer at KRCL and KCPW and a municipal reporter at KPCW in Park City. As one of KUER's politics reporters, Emily is most passionate about social justice issues. She loves drinking lattes from local coffee shops and exploring her neighborhood in search of cats.
Sonja Hutson is a politics and government reporter at KUER. She’s been reporting on politics ever since the 10th grade, when she went to so many school board meetings the district set up a press table for her. Before coming to Utah, Sonja spent four years at KQED in San Francisco where she covered everything from wildfires to the tech industry. When she’s not working, you can find her skiing, camping, or deeply invested in a 1000 piece puzzle.