Dear Friends and Neighbors,
June is here and with it the heat. I hope that you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe and enjoying some of the changes that have taken place in our state. Though they are small changes, they can have an uplifting effect on our overall well-being. Sitting down in a restaurant, going to the mall, a movie theater, or hair salon can do a lot to make life feel normal again and, though it can be a small change to your family, it may be all the difference in keeping a local business afloat. The only way we’ll beat this virus and keep our economy intact is if we come together as a community.
Here are the most recent Covid-19 numbers:
Covid-19 Statistics (as of June 2nd)
COVID-19 Cases- 10,202
Reported People Tested- 221,791
COVID-19 Hospitalizations- 801
COVID-19 Deaths- 113
Along with the obvious health risks posed by Covid-19, the economy has been hit hard by the pandemic. It’s a fine line to be walked, protecting the health of Utahns and protecting their ability to make a living. In tough economic times, tax revenue becomes a big concern. Last week, our appropriations subcommittees met virtually to take a deep dive into the state budget. There are many scenarios to consider and each subcommittee has created exercises to determine cuts of 2%, 5%, and 10%. Depending on revenue projections, these exercises will give us the information we need to make changes in upcoming special sessions.
Making budget cuts is never an easy task. Utah is consistently rated one of the best-run states for a reason. We have top-notch staff and legislators that have the know-how to keep the state running without getting in the way of a thriving economy. We can always use your input. To listen to the appropriations subcommittee meetings from last week, click here.
Updated Guidelines for Yellow Phase
Last week, Governor Herbert updated the guidelines for areas designated as low risk under Utah’s phased health guidance plan. The changes pertain mostly to social gatherings, education, businesses, travel, and events. While these changes are positive and continue to open the state, they are only as good as our citizen’s commitment to following the guidelines and recommendations. It is especially important that our most vulnerable citizens remain protected. Details on the changes can be found here and here.
During the week of May 17-23, unemployment insurance claims dropped 13 percent from the previous week to 5,455 claims. While it is a 13 percent decrease from the previous week, it is still a 382 percent increase from the average weekly claims seen in 2019.
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I Look Forward to Hearing From You!
I'll try to continually keep you informed about my work on the Hill – likewise, please keep in touch – I’d love to hear your insights and opinions.
I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’re also welcome to join me at the Capitol and if you’d like to meet with me in person outside of interim or the legislative session, you can reach Jason Gould at email@example.com. He’ll help us get in touch.
I’m truly grateful for the opportunity you’ve given me to serve in this capacity. We live in a unique and special place. Thank you for all you do to make Utah the best state in the nation – and thanks for paying attention.
Until next time,
Senator Dan McCay
Utah Senate District 11