Utah Gov. Spencer Cox on Thursday will take questions about his eventful first weeks on the job, when he’s dealt with threats of armed protest at the state Capitol, rolled out a budget proposal and overseen a shift in the state’s vaccine rollout effort.
The monthly news conference televised by PBS Utah beginning at 10: 30 a.m. is the first of Cox’s term and takes place just hours before his inaugural State of the State address to the Utah lawmakers and residents.
Since he took office earlier this month, Cox has pushed to expedite statewide vaccinations by issuing an executive order requiring facilities to use doses within seven days. After that week, any remaining vaccines would be redistributed by the state to other sites. Cox also lowered the vaccine eligibility age from 75 to 70.
The Republican governor has released a nearly $22 billion budget proposal for the state, focusing on education, fighting the pandemic and rural investments.
Within the last month, Cox also declared a state of emergency at the Utah Capitol as a precaution against “anticipated civil unrest” and armed protesters at the complex.
This story will be updated.