Ask legislators to prioritize funding for air quality!

Ask the Executive Appropriations Committee to prioritize funding for air quality measures!

One of the top priority issues for Utahns is air quality. State and municipal governments and individuals and businesses have been working hard to reduce emissions and clean up our air, reducing air pollution in recent years. However, the Division of Air Quality’s models show that as population grows, air pollution will worsen if nothing else is done. According to Envision Utah, 94% of Utahns agree that good air quality is integral to their health and the health of their family. It’s time to look toward long-term solutions for air quality.

Gov. Herbert has recommended $100M for air quality measures like transit and electric vehicle infrastructure to work toward a future of reduced emissions. YOU can help by contacting the members of the Executive Appropriations Committee today!

With tax reform repeal throwing the 2020 budget up in the air, legislators are warning that appropriations for large budget items are unlikely. However, Utah can’t afford not tackle air quality for the health and economy of our state. Your voice is needed today!

Simply click “Start Writing” below to ask legislators to prioritize funding for air quality.

What would air quality appropriations do?

In 2019, the Governor recommended $100M and the state awarded $29M for air quality measures – a record amount and significantly higher than ever before. The funding went to many important pollution reduction measures. This year, the Governor has once again recommended $100M for air quality measures, primarily around infrastructure and transportation, to plan for the future. The request includes $34 million ongoing and $66 million one-time in new funding to improve air quality, including transit and electric car infrastructure.

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • The Governor and the Utah Division of Air Quality set a goal to reduce annual statewide per capita emissions by 25% by 2026.
  • Passing further funding for air quality reaffirms the state’s commitment to effective transportation and land use alternatives that reduce both negative air quality impacts and traffic congestion.
  • By increasing the state’s commitment to transit and working with community leaders to promote a pattern of transit-oriented regional centers, residents can easily access daily activities within a short walk, drive, transit trip, or bike ride and improve air quality at the same time.
  • Although we have seen gains in reducing air pollution, the Division of Air Quality’s analysis shows that air quality will continue to worsen as our state’s population grows if nothing more is done.
  • Improving our air quality strengthens our economy. Bad air is the number one reason why people leave the state of Utah. It is also a major obstacle for Utah businesses trying to hire skilled employees from out of state and for businesses thinking of moving to Utah. Furthermore, Utah’s bad air could negatively impact major economic development projects, such as Salt Lake City’s current Olympic bid and the inland port.
  • Improvements to air quality are essential for our health. Ozone and particulate matter have been linked to a variety of diseases, including asthma, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies show that living in a city with moderate AQI can reduce a person’s lifespan by up to 30 minutes for a day for the rest of your life. Other research shows that even short-term exposure to air pollution can have negative health effects, like increased respiratory infections. That means Utah’s bad air impacts not only residents along the Wasatch Front, but all Utahns who travel to and visit nonattainment areas. 94% of Utahns agree that good air quality is integral to their health and the health of their family.

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  1. Use a clear and specific subject heading.
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