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Letter to the Trump Administration: Allow visas for dual language teachers in Utah schools

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I joined Utah Rep. John Curtis to lead a letter to the departments of Labor, Homeland Security, and State to emphasize the importance of Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs and to ensure these programs can continue to hire well-qualified foreign language teachers in light of new visa restricts announced by the Trump Administration. This visa program allows schools to hire non-Americans only whe... Read more »

Ben Blog: Still Fighting For Affordable Health Care

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I’ve heard from too many Utahns who have said they ration or skip doses of prescribed medicine due to high costs. This is unacceptable and harmful. I continue to fight for affordable, accessible health care for all Utah families. This week, I voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 1425), which passed the House with bipartisan support. The bill would lower health... Read more »

Q&A from this week's town hall

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We’re more than three months into dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. The effects have been severe on our economy – on local businesses and jobs. For the health and safety of Utah families, we must each do our part to slow the spread of the virus so we can safely reopen the economy and help small businesses and employees recover. This week, I hosted a telephone town hall meeting to discuss resou... Read more »

5 Risks and Tips for Child Online Safety

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As a parent, the threats that my kids are exposed to every time they go online frightens me. I know that I’m not alone in my fears. I’m sure most of you grapple with questions about how to keep kids safe online. Digital technology is here to stay, so we must use the parental controls and safety tips to help them use it safely. I recently hosted a discussion with internet safety experts on risks th... Read more »

Ben Blog: Small business loan forgiveness

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Small business owners who received support through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and used the money to keep employees on payroll, can apply for loan forgiveness. Business owners can submit the application to their lender to begin the loan forgiveness process. Congress approved the PPP so that hardworking employees could continue getting paid and businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 e... Read more »

REGISTER: Protect Your Kids From Online Predators

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Register today to participate in an online discussion about protecting your kids from internet predators. Join the discussion as we talk about risks and tips for keeping your kids safe online. Event will include audience Q & A. Read more »

Top 10 Stress Management Tips For Kids And Adults

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We are all feeling the effects of COVID-19 in our lives. Kids are home from school while many adults work from home. Others are going to their workplaces with new safety protocols, and some are experiencing significant self-isolation. It’s a lot to deal with. To help manage the added stress and anxiety, I brought together Utah mental health experts to provide practical tips for coping during this ... Read more »

Support for rural Utah during COVID-19

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Rural Utah communities face some unique challenges as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. I recently sat down (virtually) with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Utah Rural Development State Director Randy Parker to discuss support and resources for Utah farmers and ranchers. Randy and I talked about programs specifically for farmers, ranchers, and rural Utahns who face sudden and ... Read more »

Gig workers and COVID-19

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Gig economy workers like Uber and Lyft drivers, and others considered “independent contractors” have taken a hit to their incomes as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. While people who work in more traditional job settings have access to unemployment benefits when they lose their job, gig workers are typically not eligible. Congress created a fix for that in the CARES Act. Under the bi... Read more »