Wickwar: legislative session will reveal a lot about Herbert

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed an executive order Tuesday that he says “reaffirms and clarifies” previous policies regarding gifts, lobbying and conflicts of interest among state employees. It’s identical to one signed by former Governor Jon Huntsman except it extends the gift rules to family members and exempts government-related travel and personal inheritances.Herbert is being challenged by Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon who has signed an initiative petition pushing more sweeping ethics reforms than what the legislature is proposing.So what chance does Corroon have to defeat Hebert this November? Cache County Democratic Party Chairman Vince Wickwar says a lot depends on what happens in the legislature.”That’s going to be very important,” Wickwar says. “How much does he stand up to the legislature? How much does he side with them? Quite frankly, the budget he put forward is a very interesting one. “Is it just a paper budget that will be shredded by the legislature or will he back it up?”Wickwar says Corroon has a lot going for him in that he is very popular and has considerable name recognition. He says, hopefully, Corroon will be coming to Cache Valley soon.

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