Gov. Gary Herbert challenges panel to create jobs plan

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  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    The surest way to create 100,000 jobs for Utahns would be for the Federal Government to allow us to welcome in 30,000 more legal foreign workers and their families. Some would start businesses and would hire employees (immigrants are more likely to be entrepreneurs than US natives), the rest could take jobs are now posted in Workforce Service offices throughout the state. The businesses that now languish for lack of workers would need to hire more support staff for them, more housing surplus would come off the market, and the increase in consumer demand of 30,000 new paychecks would lift our economy out of the doldrums.

    What's keeping our five federal lawmakers from Utah from proposing serious immigration reform? I thought they favored legal immigration.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    Re: Pagan | 3:53 p.m. Sept. 20, 2011
    "Wow. The private sector creates jobs?"

    You don't seriously think for 1 minute that the federal government creates permanent jobs do you? What government gives to the people government must first take from the people.

    FYI Utah's unemployment rate in August 2011 was 7.6%. Obama is still trying to justify a national 9.1% rate.

  • Uncle Gadianton Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2011 5:00 p.m.

    RE: The Rock

    Government expenditures should be looked at as investments. As an example, look a public airports. They are funded primarily through taxes, yet they are economic engines. Many private jobs are directly related to airports, not to mention tax revenue from sales and income.

    As another example, the interstate highway system has paid for itself several times over, if you count all of the economic activity that is directly connected to the roads.

    My point is that not all government spending is evil or a drag on the economy.

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    Utah is a sanctuary city. Maybe if we stopped giving out Drivers Licenses, welfare, food stamps, education grants and medical care to illegal immigrants, not to mention free jobs, we could all pay less taxes and get a job.

  • Teacher35yrs. Sandy, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    100,000 jobs already exist in the state but they are gobbled up by illegal aliens. Demand that e-verify be used without exception and the goal will be reached without any effort or special commissions. come on gov. Do the rightnthing.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    Wow. The private sector creates jobs?

    The Bush tax cuts have been GIVING the private sector tax breaks since...


    Well, where are they?

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    We don't need anymore government jobs or stimulus plans. Government meddling is what's made this recession so drawn out. The economy needs to be allowed to settle and the free market needs to be allowed to do its work.

    The past 30 years of fiscal policy in this nation have been a house of cards built on taking unnecessary risks and ignoring the rules. That house is collapsing and governments worldwide are spending everything they have (and a lot they don't have) trying to stop it.

    For the nation (and world) to start recovering we've got to hit bottom first... and the more governments meddle and prop up their economies the longer that process is going to take. Had the economy actually been allowed to hit bottom in 2008 we would be three years into recovery now. Instead government policies have made conditions from 2008 linger for 3 years and when the next downturn comes (it's coming soon) the government will have no tools left to ease the suffering. Part 2 of the recession is going to be a lot worse than part 1... so be ready.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 20, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    The governor is wise to emphasize that the private sector needs to create these jobs.

    All wealth is created in the private sector, usually through manufacturing, mining and agriculture. Wealth creating jobs are sustainable because they pay for themselves and even generate a profit.

    Government consumes wealth. Every job in the public sector is paid for with revenue derived from the private sector. This deprives the private sector of the revenue required to create wealth producing jobs.

    Government cannot lead the economy out of a recession.