Gov. Cox gives update on education, COVID and water legislation

Gov. Spencer Cox speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in Salt Lake City. Cox cast doubt on the efficacy of mask-wearing as health leaders made some of their most impassioned pleas yet for state residents to mask up and get vaccinated. Cox, a Republican, said his administration is encouraging people to wear masks but said it is unclear whether they are effective against the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

With a little bit over two weeks left within the Utah Legislature’s 2022 normal session, Gov. Spencer Cox talked with reporters in regards to the finish of some COVID-related payments, modifications to water legal guidelines, schooling spending and the out of doors recreation trade.

The highest priorities that needs to be addressed within the legislative session are water conservation, schooling and growing the housing provide, Cox stated.

‘I’m able to be finished with all covid payments’ 

The press convention began with a query on a invoice — HB 60 — that may prohibit most companies and authorities entities from requiring individuals to be vaccinated. Cox stated he continues to imagine the state is in a very good place with the coronavirus, noting {that a} current surge in circumstances because of the omicron variant has subsided in current weeks and that the state is doing “very effectively” with vaccinations. 

“I am able to be finished with all covid payments,” he stated. “Utah is in an excellent house and we will be in a good higher house within the subsequent week or two.” 

A sign requiring face masks is seen at City Creek Center Monday, March 8, 2021, in Salt Lake City. Utah's statewide mask mandate will be lifted on April 10 under a measure that passed the full Legislature Friday, March 5, 2021. Republican Gov. Spencer Cox has said he plans to sign the bill. The bill lays out a new timeline for when Utah's COVID-19 restrictions applying to businesses, events, and schools would end. The mask mandate would still apply to gatherings of more than 50 people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

With that rosy outlook, the governor additionally stated he is able to “transfer on” from the controversy round pandemic-related measures, calling the topic “divisive.” He stated he hates any type of authorities mandate and thinks the federal government shouldn’t be telling companies what sort of necessities they’ll set. 

“I do not suppose we needs to be mandating telling companies and folks what they should do as regards to this epidemic,” he stated. “And if I am being constant in that, and I’ve stated this earlier than, that additionally means we should not mandate companies with their necessities.”

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