Experts say Utah economy still on the rise, but offer a few asterisks

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  • Glyz60 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    It would be an interesting study, which of course no one will conduct, to find out how happy the people are now, who have migrated to Utah over the last 15, 10, and 5 years, in all income levels. From south of Spanish Fork to Brigham City and from Tooele to Parley's Canyon. How many have returned to where they came from or moved to other companies outside of Utah? It isn't air or liquor laws (just plain idiotic), but the quality of life as a non-religious person or a religious non-Mormon. Use those Critical Thinking skills you all learned in college before you attack this comment please.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2018 12:39 a.m.

    I'm curious to see if the poor air quality and quirky liquor laws will slow in-migration. We're already seeing our smartest college grads leaving the state.

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    April 28, 2018 9:13 a.m.

    1. California, New York and other blue states have high income taxes and some of this will not be deductible with the new tax law. This means according to one report 800,000 may leave California. These are people who have big incomes and assets. It will be a loss for those states, but some will come to Utah.

  • Rural Guy Florence, AZ
    April 28, 2018 7:50 a.m.

    Utah's rural economic success is often seen as an "them or us" proposition. Country vs. city, rancher vs. environmentalist, old timer vs. newcomer, tourism vs. agriculture. This mentality has led to rural leaders who all to often align themselves with special interest groups and invest their efforts placing blame and walking away from solutions. Tourism is and should continue to be developed, but in a responsible manner focused on experience-based activities generating better jobs and less impact on the environment. Agriculture should be positioned in more profitable niche markets and recognized as a culture worth reserving. Environmental industry should invest in more green, family sustaining investments that provide rural folk with new alternatives. Perhaps most importantly, the Governor and state leaders need to encourage existing urban firms to create supplier links with existing or new rural businesses. All of this needs to be wrapped in a spirit of new opportunity, not old animosity.