SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Wednesday night, Governor Gary Herbert will take center stage to deliver the annual State of the State Address.
It’s his time to tout the good things happening in our state and lay out his vision for the coming year.
Jason Perry, the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, says to expect a healthy dose of tax reform.
“Broaden the base and lower the rate, that’s what everyone is talking about. Maybe capturing some of those industries, or some of those places where people really don’t pay tax on them, capture those and by doing so allow us to reduce the rate overall,” said Perry.
Air quality is another big topic we expect the governor to hit on. That’s a constant theme every year, but this time around there’s a difference.
“The governor actually put money in his budget for air quality. $100 million, 100 million. We haven’t seen that before from the governor or any governor that I can remember. So, really this is a chance for him to say not only do I care about it, I’m putting some money behind it,” Perry said.
Local advocacy groups will also be listening closely. They have their own ideas on what they’d like to hear the state’s top executive.
“As the governor continues touting the success of the state that we’ve seen, we hope that there’s an acknowledgment that not everyone has been experiencing that success the same,” said Chase Thomas, with Alliance for a Better Utah.
“There’s a certain tax in Utah that’s creating a big burden for our small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy. So, while it’s easy to give attention to families or the big businesses, we’d love to see an emphasis on the small businesses of Utah,” said Connor Boyack, with the Libertas Institute.
The speech is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. We will stream it live on abc4.com.
Sunday morning at 8 a.m., Governor Herbert will join us on Inside Utah Politics to break down his address.