Val Hale: Utah is better and stronger when businesses and government work together

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  • Frazier North Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 1:45 p.m.

    Public / private partnerships are a euphemism for crony capitalism. It appeals to politicians because it:

    a) allows politicians to take credit for the economy. It seems like any time a Utah company reaches 1,000 employees or more, Gov Herbert comes by as a keynote speaker to humblebrag that Utah's government (and he himself) was an essential part of that success.

    b) elevates the role of the bureaucrat from a modestly incompetent economic impediment to the rockstar lifestyle of the venture capitalist. It's fun to pick winners and feel like you're promoting good in the world. Who wouldn't want more research, or green energy, or the creation of new jobs in the community! But the bureaucracy is sheltered by taxpayers from risk and is utterly incompetent and unprepared for the task.

    c) allows politicians to reward supporters. Large lobbyist donations are par for the course in US politics. Public / private partnerships provides leeway for politicians to take those relationships to the next level.

    Utah should be a business-friendly environment that steers clear of ham-handed public attempts to mimic the private market.

    Stop advocating for crony capitalism in Utah!

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Nov. 13, 2017 11:27 a.m.

    Shaun - Capitalism pays as much as is needed to acquire labor. No more. That establishes the full value of labor - nothing else.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Nov. 12, 2017 9:26 a.m.

    @brave sir robin

    A lot of people attack Marxist instead of acknowledging the truth that he is right when he has stated with one of the theory's of Marxism.

    Capital does not pay the full value of labor. Capitalist may not like the thought of the that but on the purest level it is correct. I am not advocating communism or socialism but if we are going talk economic principles and theory then it needs to be discussed.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Nov. 11, 2017 8:38 p.m.


    I'm with you. None of us should rest until we achieve our Marxist goal of everyone being equally poor.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 6:59 p.m.

    There's some validity to this, but it misses the gross inequality in Utah. The average income of our top 1 percent is $900,000, while the average income of the bottom 99 percent is $50,000. Far from one.big happy family, we are practically medieval.

  • Autumn Cook Lehi, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 4:14 p.m.

    While entities working together for positive common goals is a good thing in almost every situation, government working with business and non-profits raises a unique and powerful concern. Who is accountable?

    Under our representative form of government, public money is properly spent by publicly-accountable entities. When voters don't like how that works out, they can vote out those responsible or demand they make a change in administration. Similarly, under our (mostly) capitalist system, businesses lose money when they compete poorly and fail to meet the needs of potential customers. Non-profits operate where they meet the needs of those who engage them.

    When these are combined in public-private partnership arrangements and public money is awarded to private entity, or government picks winners by giving one business or non-profit an advantage over another (via tax breaks or the awarding of a service contract), the usual accountability measures are gone, and voters/taxpayers are left without speedy recourse. While the intent is good, I worry that the effect will be the gradual undoing of our representative form of government as bureaucracy grows and responsiveness diminishes.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 11:16 a.m.

    THe 22,000 rules and regulations saddled on the country by the Obama administration restrained the economy, but Mr. Trump has deleted many of those and the Republican administration of Utah led by Gov Herbert has done a very good job.

  • Egyptian origins Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 10:30 a.m.

    This disgusts me! World and Utah History has shown that when government and businesses work together the people suffer and we end up with "Rio Grandes". Businesses don't pay a fair wage, so only the owners prosper. And the businesses then reciprocate by "donating" to the government officers. The people get nothing from the union of government and business but eventual homelessness.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2017 10:10 a.m.

    It is unfortunate that this obvious statement needed saying again. Government provides the framework for a productive society and business provides jobs while producing goods and services. They must work together. Gov. Herbert has provided a good balance for Utah.