House in order is an overstatement. If an 11 year growth of 2.5% is something to
be proud of then we are dumber than they think. That growth was all government
spending growth, not economic growth. How can Utah say it is in
growth when our legislators and governor has to promise new business that he
will use tax funds to subsidizes low wages. Wages so far below poverty the
business can send their employees to the state for welfare, food stamps, and
rent subsidies to pay their labor costs?Utah politician may brag
about job growth but they fail to mention to the national study groups that
taxes are being used to fund and create this fake growth. So the growth is in
government spending and debt, not the economy or income growth.Utah
education is dead last, it you listen to the politicians and board of education
wanting to tax us more to increase corruption. Utah education is only good if
they have to prove to the federal government our schools are obeying their rules
to keep their money.
It is very good to have a business friendly system that helps create jobs.
However, worker rights also need to be respected (as in human rights).
Don't "oppress the hireling in his wages" as the scripture might
say. It's still enough of a poor economy that those being abused by
employers will still endure it to avoid having to go out on the job hunt again.
State regulations need need to both address this issue, and be enforced.
@brave sir robin while I am not trying to say LDS lib is right your claim
goes a little to far the other way. Our test scores where slightly above the
national average for several years but have recently slipped to just below the
national average. I agree that more money may not be the answer but lets not
pretend we could not be doing a much better job educating our children
leave it to LDS lib to try to rain on the paradeIt must be tiring
being so bitter all the time
@LDS LiberalOur education system ISN'T dead last. Actually our
ACT scores, high school graduation rates, and college admission rates are near
the top nationally.Where we're dead last is in per-pupil
spending. However, spending hardly correlates at all to academic success.
Academic success is much better correlated to parental involvement and
expectations, and fortunately Utah is quite good at that.How does
this relate to Utah's economy? Well, tax breaks and cheap land aren't
the only reasons companies want to relocate here. Another big driver is that we
have a neverending supply of skilled, well-educated, hard-working, and honest
workers coming out of our schools.
"So then, Why is our Education System dead last?"Because it isn't - although selective presentation of facts will provide
whatever answer you want to rationalize.Yes Utah is last in spending
per pupil - because there are a LOT of pupils because Utah has the youngest
population in the US (put the same percentage of kids in New Jersey schools and
see how they fare). Conversely Utah spends a high percentage of its budget on
education.Moreover money does not inherently translate into
qualityUtah is one of only 7 states that have graduation rates over 90%Which is probably why Salt Lake's economy is doing well
So then, Why is our Education System dead last?