Utah economy expected to grow in 2014, analysts say

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 6:25 a.m.

    The biggest threat for attracting new industry to Utah is our air quality. I keep reading how GOED doesn't hold tours for executives and business developers from out of state to come during our ski season due to our poor air quality -- don't want to scare those people away as they see the pollution that would drive up their ObamaCare costs. Ironically, these business developers are checking out Utah for its skiing and outdoor quality of life -- too sad that our air quality botches that potential benefit for new businesses.

    I just read that Obama is enjoying himself in Hawaii -- breathing clean air and enjoying the sun... while his constituents in Utah are smothered in pollution. Why hasn't the EPA shut this state down? ... I think it is a conspiracy to get Utahns to buy ObamaCare to pay for all the health ailments we suffer due to our polluted air. The doctors get rich... the insurance companies get rich... a stinking business!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    We may not need to raise taxes to help fund education. We may just need to get rid of some of the tax breaks for dependents (children) currently be allowed. Should families be allowed a state exemption for more than 2 children? This idea is picking up a lot of steam within education and fiscal conservatives. I'd like to hear more about the debate in public.

  • ER in AF Harare, Zimbabwe, 00
    Dec. 20, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    The reason I believe we should raise taxes is that we are paying about 3.5% less than the average % that our parents and grandparents paid. The average % of total income paid in taxes in the last 80 years is around 18%. We are paying approx 14.5%. So why would anyone think that we should lower taxes? We are in debt up to our eyeballs and we should........lower taxes? LOWER? I think we should lower spending, but at least we should be paying what our parents and Gparents were paying.

    If you were an individual and had massive debt you would spend less and...attempt to increase your income, right? Our collective income for our collective debt is taxes. So we need to increase the income (taxes) while decreasing the outflow (spending).

    Yet again one more topic me and Chris B disagree on. But I really like that he is an involved citizen. Just not so much on sports.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 6:28 p.m.

    Freedom, why are you trying to raise taxes?

    And why isn't Utah in dead last in SAT scores if we are dead last in spending per pupil?

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    So if we can't raise taxes when times are tough... And we can't raise taxes when times are good...

    So when can we raise taxes?

    We're still dead last in per pupil funding for education. Are we essentially... Just giving up when it comes to funding education?

    We need to raise taxes