Utah's little secret: Inclusion a key to economic growth

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  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    May 28, 2013 11:53 a.m.


    While I admire those who take the time to learn and use my language of English, I would not suggest they go into a government office and navigate the specialized forms in English only. It is clearly best the way things are presently managed with alternate language forms and interpreters, so as to not cause greater confusion.

    We should be striving to learn other languages as well. Knowing a word or two helps in the non-government environment to better understand everyone around you.

  • donquixote84721 Cedar City, UT
    May 27, 2013 8:43 p.m.

    A True Immigrant is a person that comes from one country, and assimilates into the other country and learns to speak their language, where they can become law and abiding contributing members of their new country. To many so called immigrants today circumvent the law, never learn English, and require extra expense of providing interpreters in government and private agencies.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    May 27, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    Some states obviously have an "open-arms" and "sanctuary" policy for those who want to milk and enjoy the economy without really contributing much. Utah has managed to buck the trend here somewhat, and avoid some of the programs and policies that encourage people to ride the system without pulling much weight. We still have a long way to go, but thank goodness we're comparatively atypical in that regard.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 27, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    "The American Legislative Exchange Council"

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a 501(c)(3) American organization composed of legislators, businesses and foundations which produces model legislation for state legislatures and says it promotes free-market and conservative ideas.

    This is the 2nd article in as many days referencing ALEC.

    Does DN have a deal with ALEC? Are UT legislators members of ALEC?

    Corporate lobbyists and state legislators work to write laws behind closed doors. State legislators receive “scholarships” to attend conferences sponsored by corporations where presumably, some of these model bills are discussed.

    ALEC has written thousands of bills--which then get rubber-stamped by state legislators.
    Bills ALEC has written include voter ID laws, laws blocking climate change legislation, bills promoting guns rights, bills reducing corporate taxation and limit corporate liability etc. etc. etc.

    What corporations are writing ALEC legislation? American voters ought to know. Why should legislators be members of a secret organization?

    On another note:
    According to U.S. Census Data, UT is #8 with the lowest percentage of minority population so it ought to be compared to similar homogenous states. UT is also near the bottom in per capita income.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    May 27, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    Here's an explanation for one reason why Utah has the lowest funding of education (per pupil... that is vital to understand) in the USA.
    There are a lot more kids per household in Utah than other places.
    Consider two scenarios: Utah and Non-Utah. Say both have 100 square miles of city and generate say the same amount of money. Both have 75% of their areas covered with houses and 25% business. But in Utah, that 75% all have on average 3 kids (instead of the national rate of w/o Utah of below 2 which is happening in the non Utah place) then you've all things else considered equal you've got to take that total amount of property tax but in the Utah case you've got to split it among more kids. So the funding per pupil is lower.

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    Interesting and a valuable article. However I am sure this will upet and rile the many tea party folks in utah. They don't like this kind of stuff. Dont' talk the virtues of the Utah Compact with them! They will shoot you down every time.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    May 27, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    Why not compare the average weekly wage in Utah with the surrounding states? It would be nice for the Governor to comment why Utah has the lowest funding of education in the USA.