Natalie Gochnour: Good choices allow Utahns to enjoy economic success

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  • PaulS Highland, UT
    April 10, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    I am reminded of the scene in the movie about Steve Jobs, when he told one of his technical developers to stop thinking about being better (than what was then on the market) and to focus on being different. We ought to do a better job at thinking up solutions to problems that are not just "more of the same, but with less money." Our "Prospertarianism" ought to be unique, reflecting Utah's strengths and possibilities. Natalie, thanks for drawing attention to this.

  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    April 6, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    The idea of a government killing an economy is true. Moving to New Jersey in the late '90's were were stunned to see all the empty store fronts and dilapidated malls. New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the country and the most corrupt government of any state, in part because the state government is so old that it has just had layers and layers of bureaucracy which were filled by political patronage employees. The thing that kept New Jersey mostly afloat were the people in the high salaried financial careers who worked in New York, and the pharmaceutical companies. When those industries are hit, the whole state goes downhill. Then you notice all the Jaguars and BMW's in the school parking lots. New Jersey has the highest funding per student, and the state is going broke. Jobs are dying and people are moving away in droves.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 5, 2014 11:14 p.m.

    I don't think the economy is great for public educators and other state employees. Most never got a raise of more than 2% in any given year, most have lost benefits. I guess it is all perspective.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    Utahs prosperity will always be in question, so long as you can be fired from your job and evicted from your home due solely to who you date.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    This is a very positive piece. Certainly in the context of present day capitalism Utah is doing quite well when compared to other states, not the best, but pretty well. I would liken us to one of the many shops on board the Titanic. They were doing well before the collision with the big iceberg.

    Nineteenth century capitalism unraveled, along with its international system, largely because of the top heavy distribution of wealth which developed late in that century. If we don't figure out how to right this economic ship the same sort of thing is going to happen, but the dimensions of it are of course unclear.

    We collided with a "small" iceberg in 2008. That was a warning. The writer needs to work that event, a big negative to be sure, into her positive narrative.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    April 4, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    I wouldn't say Utah's economy is doing that great. Construction is still down and most jobs created in this state are ten dollar an hour jobs.

  • anotherview SLO, CA
    April 4, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    Who are the largest employers in the state of UT?

    It would be nice for UTahns to recognize the benefit of tithing dollars which flow into their state from around the world and the many jobs created by those dollars.

    While not necessarily funded by tithing dollars, it was a stark picture during the recession that in Salt Lake there was major construction going on of a large mall and luxury housing complex by Church corporations.