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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A commission created by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to streamline state government won't open its meetings to the public.
The Utah Advisory Commission to Optimize State Government is meeting to find ways to make government more efficient at a time the state is facing as much as an $850 million budget shortfall.
Herbert spokeswoman Angie Welling says the commission is discussing sensitive topics and having the public there could stymie a frank and open dialogue among commission members.
Welling says Herbert is still committed to having an open and transparent government. She says the public will be invited to a handful of meetings in the future, although specific dates were not available.
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