‘We need to be smart’: Jeff Burningham stresses urgency in COVID-19 pandemic response


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the race for Utah’s next governor is unfolding. ABC4’s Senior Political Correspondent Glen Mills caught up with gubernatorial candidates to get their thoughts on COVID-19 and more importantly the path moving forward.

Utah County businessman Jeff Burningham said he remains optimistic about the future of Utah.

“We take care of each other. We know how to take care of each other. This is a unique opportunity we each have to watch out for our neighbor,” said Burningham.

When asked about Governor Herbert’s Stay Safe, Stay Home directive that was issued just hours before, Burningham said it’s a time to be urgency.

“It’s certainly not a time to be pointing fingers. I do think it’s a time to be urgent in our reaction. We need to be smart in terms of trying to flatten the curve for COVID-19…” said Burningham.

Burningham also said the state must be urgent around the economy.

“We are in a good place in our state to help small businesses, to help individuals and families with the economic fallout of this crisis,” said Burningham.

Specifically, Burningham suggested giving some of state’s surplus back to families and small businesses through a tax cut and completely eliminating the food tax.


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Glen Mills

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For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 News at 5 and 6, Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...