Utah ranks No. 1 for economic outlook for sixth year in a row

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    May 24, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    Great news! Does this mean we'll move up from last in per pupil spending? Does this mean the state legislature will finally keep their promise to school teachers?

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    May 24, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    If everything is looking up in Utah, it's time to get earthquake insurance.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    May 24, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    Like preceding the Great Depression of the 1930's, the current economic depression (let's call a spade a shovel), birth rates declined steeply. Beginning in about 1910, birth rates, while having dwindled gradually for over a century in the U.S., began to decline in ever more earnest from 1910 onward.

    WWI killed off many young men and prevented them from becoming fathers. The flu pandemic of 1918 killed off over 75 million mostly young adults worldwide, including millions in the U.S. Rebellion against a man-made law (Prohibition) brought rebellion. That rebellion against a man-made law brought rebellion against God-given laws of chastity and marital fidelity. This resulted in fewer marriages, fewer families formed, and fewer babies. Combined with a 1924 anti-immigration law going into effect, by 1926, demand for housing in the U.S. began to decline. In early 1929, housing demand fell like a rock. And the stock market crash in October of the same year underscored an economic collapse that both followed and precipitated further birthrate collapse.

    Since 1970 birthrates among whites in the U.S. has been 170 babies for every 200 adults.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    May 24, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    Something government has NOT done (and never can do itself) is have babies. One other reason why Utah has succeeded, in large part, is because Utah is still growing, somewhat, naturally, by "suffering little ones to come unto (them)", i.e., "babies".

    However, even among the once and now the "not so much" fecund Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), in Utah at least, birth rates here have remained slightly higher than in the rest of the nation.

    But, as getting college degrees, while largely foregoing either getting married and/or bearing children while pursuing getting a college degree has among Mormons become ever more the norm, while they trust ever more in "the arm of flesh" (their own 'arm'), and ever less in God (as in His commandments, including and especially that to "be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth"), as they covenant to do in the "House of the Lord", but largely ignore in practice to give way and sway to the "commandments of men" (get your education first, THEN get married and/or have children).

    Delaying either tends to reduce the number of children a couple have per lifetime.

  • Devilion Taylorsville, UT
    May 24, 2013 5:08 a.m.

    Allowing or indded excellerating the removeal of the point of the mountain between I15 and the mountain, would remove one of the largest blocks to wind flow in both Salt Lake and Utah counties. It seems that would help reduce if not elminate much of the inverson in our state. Yes I know it would be a large project, but think of all the construction we do across the state if we use the strata from the point in our construction from buildings to our roads we would remove most of it with a few short years

  • statman Lehi, UT
    May 23, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    the vile air has been here forever. If the wind's not blowing, the pollution in the valleys stays. If those conditions last more than a few days, it can get pretty bad. But even though the area is growing so fast, the pollution is still significantly better than it used to be. When Geneva Steel was in it's heyday, the air in Utah Valley had a perpetual orange tinge. Lack of wind or inversion will still make it bad after a few days, but there's not much that's going to improve it besides eliminating huge portions of the population. Two million people make pollution.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    May 23, 2013 7:22 p.m.

    The biggest block to more and better business in Utah is the vile air.