"Utah's biggest threat is a public education system that is falling
behind."Also, don't forget air quality. GOED and the
legislature are concerned that our poor air quality is actually scaring new
businesses and industry away. About a year ago, the legislature had a hearing
about it, and the Trib has run stories about business delegations coming to
Utah, seeing the air pollution, and then declining to move to Utah over concerns
the poor environmental quality would make it hard to attract quality workers to
Utah, endanger employees and their families' health (and drive up
healthcare costs, reduce productivity, etc.).Lack of funding for
education and poor air quality are the biggest threats to Utah's economy.
My state income taxes has gone up ever since they changed the system to a flat
tax. I would break even or get a refund if i donated 10 percent. Maybe this is
what the legislature had in mine when they changed the tax code.
The previous comment about air quality is very accurate. I am self-employed and
live in a place that is very unfriendly to small businesses. If my company
grows, the first thing I will do is move to a new state. Utah is one place I
would consider, but the air quality in Utah is a major concern to me and may tip
the decision to somewhere else.
@DN -3rd tryWhy would you not post the fact that billions of dollars
of tithing money flows into northern Utah from around the world and a lot of
that money provides jobs in Utah (at BYU, at the Church Office Building, etc.)??
Other communities do not have a similar advantage.
The air quality here is better than many other places. We just live in a valley
that bottles it in sometimes (same in Cache Valley). The air quality is way
better than when I was a kid. I used to look out the west windows of McMillan
Elementary in Murray and most of the time, even on a "clear" sunshiny
day, I couldn't see the Oquirrh Mountains unless we had a storm, or wind
blowing the smog out. Most of it came from Kennecott and Geneva Steel. When my
dad was a kid, it was Geneva Steel, Kennecott, and coal burning stoves and
furnaces that polluted the air.Temperature inversions are going to
happen. Nothing can be done about them. They are a fact of our geography. We
have way more people in this valley than in the late 60's and the air
quality is much better.
Better education funding will then lead to innovation not the other way around.
Right now our education system is just trying to keep up with the increased
demands. Those demands come from a very short sighted legislature plus a huge
change in demographics of the students being taught.We put billions
into our roads but slowly starve our schools.
Utah's "secret sauce" for a good economy is a church embarking on
massive construction jobs when a housing bubble bursts and the rest of the
country's construction workers are out of work. As noted
above, UT benefits from being the center of a global church and money flowing
into the local economy as a result.
The real secret is that we have kids, lots and lots of kids, and they are
reasonably educated and many speak a second language. Go to other areas of the
country and places lack kids.