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Utah Governor Leads National Governors in DC Address

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert Addressed the National Press Club in Washington, DC Thursday. Herbert presented his state of the state address as chairman of the National Governors Association. 

Herbert and Vice Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke about state innovations and the organizations collective vision for 2016 in the fourth annual State of the States address. Herbert told members of the press club a proper balance between states and the federal government will require congress to limit federal action to situations that are truly national in scope.

“Federal action should not unnecessarily preempt additional state action,” he said. “Congress should avoid imposing unfunded federal mandates or shifting federal costs to the states.”

Citing a Utah bill he signed last year to protect the rights of the LGBT community and religious communities Herbert said one person’s rights do not have to come at the expense of another’s.

“And I would say to us all if we can find common ground on religious freedom and LGBT rights in Utah, which is one of the nation’s most religious and conservative states, we can do it anywhere in this country,” said Herbert.

He also gave credit to state officials in Mississippi for making changes to their criminal justice system that he says has led congress to reconsider the treatment of non-violent criminals at federal facilities, and ended his speech by saying governor’s from throughout the country should work with their federal partners in congress and the president to protect the basic rights of citizens and to promote positive change.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.