Utah Governor emotionally recalls his time in office

Jan 8, 2020, 6:33 PM | Updated: 7:14 pm

utah condoms governor gary herbert...

File photo: Gov. Gary Herbert speaks at a KSL editorial board meeting. (Photo credit: David Noriega)

(Photo credit: David Noriega)

Salt Lake City — In a tender and unexpected twist to a Governor’s Budget Recommendation meeting, Governor Gary Herbert — Utah’s 17th governor – became emotional when talking about the state he’s served for so long.

At a combined KSL/Deseret News Editorial Board meeting, the governor described his priorities for the 2020 budget. And he relished in the accomplishment of dramatically increasing education funding.

He talked about the $4.9 billion dollar budget that he is recommending for K-12 education this year, as well as an additional $1.6 billion for higher education; nearly doubling education funding in his 10 years as governor.

When asked about his worries for the state and what keeps him up at night, the governor recalled a story of an unenthusiastic California transplant who transferred to Utah for work. At first, he lamented the lack of beaches and religious diversity. Two years later the transplant said, “you couldn’t pay me enough money to go back to California.”

As the governor told this story to the editorial board, he became emotional but said jokingly, “I cry at shopping center openings.”

That drew a hearty laugh from the room. Then Herbert talked about being a sixth-generation Utahn and how his ancestors crossed the plain looking for a better life.

“They came and sacrificed a lot to in a god-forsaken place that nobody wanted,” said Herbert. “Brigham Young said, ‘This is the right place. Drive on.,’ mainly because they wanted isolation and a place to worship, but he did say we’ll make the desert blossom as a rose.”

“It rings true to me that the first governor said, ‘This is the right place’ and the 17th governor (Herbert) is saying it’s still the right place.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Dave & Dujanovic

pay gap...

Curt Gresseth

Why is the gender pay gap not closing?

The gender pay gap in the U.S. and Utah is not closing. A Utah financial planner details the impact that wage shortfall can have on a women workers over a career.

4 days ago

a hockey stick shown, utah may get a nhl stadium...

Adam Small

Utah lawmaker asks for $1 billion for an NHL stadium in Salt Lake City

To fund an NHL stadium in Utah, Salt Lake City's sales tax rate would go from 7.75% to 8.25% if the bill is approved.

5 days ago

crime Ballpark...

Curt Gresseth

Cop talks knocking down violent crime in Ballpark Neighborhood

Violent crime in the Ballpark Neighborhood of Salt Lake City is down. A deputy chief details how the SLCPD achieved the results.

6 days ago

UTA Frontrunner commuter rail. UTA Plans to address delays by updating cars and adding a new line t...

Curt Gresseth

UTA boss talks about train delays, says improvements coming

Despite frustrating delays, UTA has a 90 percent "on-time" record, says the executive officer.

7 days ago

social media...

Curt Gresseth and Don Brinkerhoff

Senate committee OK changes to Utah’s Social Media Regulations Act

A Utah lawmaker discusses his social media bill aimed to protect children while parents and a teen testify about loss of a son to suicide and the pain of addiction.

11 days ago

The IRS is writing checks for smaller tax refunds this year, but a Utah expert says it's still earl...

Curt Gresseth

Tax refunds are about 30% smaller than last year — but it’s early

The IRS is writing checks for smaller tax refunds this year, but it's still early in the tax season.

13 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Utah Governor emotionally recalls his time in office