Gov. Gary Herbert, in his State of the State address, mostly stressed that Utah is one of the fastest growing and best-managed states in the nation and that our economy is doing very well. I was impressed that he admitted that we are not perfect, that we need to do more to improve our air quality and to make sure our teachers are paid enough.
What disappointed me was that he didn’t talk about the quality of life in Utah. He didn’t mention that the main reasons businesses used to want to come to Utah were our good education system and our open lands, but that now they want to move here mostly because of the low corporate taxes, and those low taxes and the increased population are major factors in our poorly funded education system and poor air quality.
In addition, good farm land and open land are disappearing as the valleys are filling up wall to wall with businesses, homes and apartments; the anticipated growth will severely diminish the quality and quantity of water supply in our desert state; and if the federal lands are given to the state, most if not all of the public lands will eventually be privately developed.
If not somehow checked, Utah’s unlimited growth, like a huge cancer, will negatively impact the quality of life in the whole state.