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In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 file photo, construction worker Elabert Salazar works on a house frame for a new home.

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Government's job is to enhance economic development and allow the free market to create prosperity, and certainly, Utah does a good job attracting business. Its laws are friendly toward startups and relocations, and the state often ranks high in surveys on places in which to do business.

However, economic development is an issue we would like to be at the forefront of discussions on all other issues we raise. Clean air, quality education, sound liquor laws and policies that reduce intergenerational poverty all contribute to a state that attracts high-paying jobs and higher living standards.

New incentives expected to bring 900 jobs to Utah over next 20 years

New incentives announced by the Governor's Office of Economic Development are expected to add 900 new jobs to the Utah economy over the next two decades. Read more »

May 14, 2015

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Q&A: The Taliban in Afghanistan

More than a decade after being swept from power by the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban remain a potent threat in much of the country, including the... Read more »

May 14, 2015

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How many laws do we really need, and should we support the NSA to save local jobs?

Just imagine how many laws we would have if the Utah Legislature were in session more than 45 days a year. Read more »

May 13, 2015

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We welcome an audit showing the true costs, benefits and projections for the Draper prison site

We welcome an independent audit of consultant projections that the Draper prison site is more financially beneficial for high-tech development than to house a prison,... Read more »

May 13, 2015

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RX for Baltimore economy: More residents with money to spend

The fragility of Baltimore's economy was exposed by Freddie Gray's death from a spinal injury suffered while in police custody. Read more »

May 13, 2015

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Monkey farms in Florida under scrutiny from officials

Tucked away in Florida's Hendry County, amid the scrub brush and saw palmetto grasslands just southwest of Lake Okeechobee, are three monkey breeding farms containing... Read more »

May 12, 2015

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What Staples understands about being a good employer

Stress imposes a corrosive burden in the lives of employees and is a significant cost to employers. Read more »

May 11, 2015

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If Hillary Clinton is elected, family foundation could face changes

Hillary Rodham Clinton's family foundation, already the subject of intense scrutiny in the early days of her White House campaign, faces an uncertain future if she is... Read more »

May 11, 2015

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Obama's pick to be US ambassador to Somalia withdraws

President Barack Obama's pick to be the first American ambassador to Somalia in nearly 25 years has withdrawn her nomination, the White House told lawmakers on Monday,... Read more »

May 11, 2015

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Salt Lake issues heating up in preparation of November mayoral race

As the November mayoral race draws near, topics such as whether panhandling should be made illegal, whether or not to move city homeless shelters and what to do about... Read more »

May 10, 2015

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How scandal affects Christie's relationship with lawmakers

The relationship between Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature has had its highs and lows since the Republican took office in 2010. Read more »

May 9, 2015

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California water cuts ignore past changes by some cities

In California's second-largest city, memories are still fresh of a devastating drought 25 years ago that saw the area's water supplies slashed by about a third. Read more »

May 9, 2015

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Lawmaker pushing for prison to stay in Draper

The state lawmaker who is trying to help those who oppose moving the Utah State Prison from Draper launch a referendum said he's putting together a proposal for... Read more »

May 7, 2015

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Kerry visits Somalia; 1st such trip for a secretary of state

Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end... Read more »

May 5, 2015

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Two decades after 'Black Hawk Down,' Kerry visits Somalia

Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in... Read more »

May 5, 2015

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The pathway to change in American capitalism

It’s a pity political processes in the U.S. leave many citizens disillusioned with America’s founding ideology. Read more »

May 4, 2015

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It's time to 'envision' Utah's future once again

Envision Utah's "Your Utah, Your Future" campaign is broader than its predecessor, which focused on the Wasatch Front. Besides development, transportation, water and... Read more »

May 1, 2015

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Vatican kicks off environmental push with climate change summit

Top officials from the Vatican, the head of the United Nations and leading scientists came together at a summit Tuesday in Vatican City to label the fight against... Read more »

April 29, 2015

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As Sierra Leone emerges from Ebola crisis, new innovations are helping poor villages

A new project is bringing greenhouses to rural farming cooperatives in Sierra Leone, giving communities better food security and opportunities for nutrition. Read more »

April 29, 2015

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