Students help Gov. Cox and Lt. Gov. Henderson celebrate their first 100 days in office

The Cox-Henderson administration marked its first 100 days in office by visiting students from Morgan Elementary, Morgan Middle School and Morgan High School. Gov. Spencer Cox, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and First Lady Abby Cox met with students from all three schools and talked about government, service and community to reflect the core values of the administration.

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and I’m proud that our team hit the ground running on Day One,” Gov. Cox said. “Our One Utah Roadmap outlines an ambitious set of goals for the first 500 days of our administration and on Day 100, we’ve made significant progress to benefit the people of Utah. And this is only the beginning.”  

The One Utah Roadmap charts a course to improve life for all Utahns and focuses on six key areas: 

  • COVID-19/health security: The administration’s foremost priority since Inauguration Day has been combatting COVID-19 through testing, masks and vaccinations. So far, more than 1.8 million vaccinations have been administered. 
  • Education: Historic education funding was approved this session as were bonuses for school personnel who have given so much during this pandemic. Keeping kids in school has been a top priority during the pandemic and the administration worked hard to set COVID standards that allowed safe in-person learning.
  • Economic advancement: Massive investments in roads, transit, recreation, water and broadband expansion have been approved to provide the infrastructure crucial for Utah’s growing economy. In addition, the Roadmap prioritizes investments in the state’s people, as a new “returnship” program — which will help those with gaps in their employment return to work — shows. 
  • Equality and opportunity: We appointed a senior advisor for equality and opportunity, and we’re asking each state agency to assess its recruiting practices with the goal of increasing gender and racial diversity in hiring, leadership positions, and boards and commissions. A wage gap study for state government is underway.
  • Rural matters: We opened the first fully-functioning Governor’s Office outside of the Capitol at our new rural office in Cedar City. We’ve already identified 50 state jobs to relocate to rural areas and we’re increasing rural employment options through teleworking. 
  • State government efficiency: We’ve begun the process to combine the Department of Human Services and Department of Health; refocus GOED into the Governor’s Office of Opportunity (GO Utah); and reintroduce planning into the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. We also hired a new state homeless services coordinator in GOPB and have created a sub-cabinet group to support these efforts.

To celebrate this progress, Gov. Cox began the day visiting with 4th graders at Morgan Elementary School, asking them trivia questions about being governor. Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson went across the street to talk with AP U.S. History students about the importance of civic engagement. And First Lady Abby Cox, who studied special education in college, made crafts with special education students at Morgan Elementary. Afterward, all three spoke at an assembly with students from all three Morgan schools.

Students prepared for the visit by learning about state government and about Gov. Cox. They were also invited to dress up as the governor in either business attire or a Utah Jazz jersey. Gov. Cox shared his enthusiasm by wearing his favorite Utah Jazz socks. The students finished the festivities by forming a “100” on the floor of the gym.

Officials attending included the governor’s Senior Advisor of Education Brittney Cummins, Morgan School Superintendent Doug Jacobs, Morgan School District Board President Ronald Blunck, Board Vice President Gaylene Adams and Board Members Kelly Preece, Adam Toone and Lars Birkeland.