Watkins, Hinkins Brief Community at Annual Legislative Update Luncheon


Representative Christine Watkins address attendees at the recent Carbon County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Community members were treated to a legislative update as well as a question and answer session with two local politicians at a recent Carbon County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Representative Christine Watkins along with Senator David Hinkins were present to brief attendees on the 2017 legislative session, which concluded on March 9. The duo took part in the 45-day session that included balancing Utah’s multi-billion dollar budget. Over 270 items were approved for funding, including a boost for education.

Hinkins also reported that solar incentives will be a thing of the past, which opens funding for other matters.

“We try to stay away from government subsidies as much as possible,” Hinkins said. “These subsidies take away from education.”

Watkins, who returned to the legislature this year after a break from politics, followed Hinkins’ report with information of her own.

“It was a good experience, I appreciate you sending me back,” said Watkins.

Hinkins spent some time in the legislative session helping to secure funds to improve the Price River. These funds will help decrease the chances of flooding, which have been prevalent in past years.

Watkins and Hinkins both emphasized that although the 2017 legislative session is over, constituents are still encouraged to reach out to them with questions and concerns. Contact information, along with more information on their legislative duties, can be found at the following links.

Representative Christine Watkins
Senator David Hinkins

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