Wow!! For those of you who commented, think back to what the purpose is to
forgiving the debt. It has to do with keeping them here in Utah! Why is it
important? Because these people will help our economy grow - and grow vastly
more than the puny tuition forgiveness they'll get after three years. Do
you want a piece of the action? Well, go enroll at your local University.
Complete the program, as I did, and stick around for 3 years. As a Computer
Science Graduate with a degree in Accounting, it has been very beneficial for me
and my family. It was also beneficial to my brother, my cousin, and my sister -
all of which moved to the west coast for their employment. What a loss for
Utah's tax base! Now that we're all experienced in our careers, all of
us make more than six figures. All that potential tax revenue for the State of
Utah, gone! However, it's really helping the economies of Washington and
Oregon - the places they're living now.
My husband is a UVU student, and tried contacting his financial aid office about
this yesterday. They said they'd never heard of it. Why isn't this
being advertised to all the state schools?
What about the kids that were responsible enough to pay their way through
college, or were on scholarship? Why don't they get the same treatment as
the ones who got loans?What this bill tells our kids is that if they
are not very responsible during their college years that the government will
pick up the slack if they stick around the state for a few years.
This is not the purpose of government. Forgiving student debt with taxes? This
is craziness. It's not the job of government to be giving out money to help
people stay here. If companies want more people, pay them more. Utah just
continues to tax the citizen to pay for ridiculousness.
How about the tech companies actually pay a higher wage - then they will stay
here. Those companies can more than afford to pay people what it will take to
get them to stay. The government forgiving debt on a high paying degree makes
@jntrcs I have no idea why anyone in tech would want to leave Salt Lake. If
you factor all things net you come out ahead here in Utah if you go to silicon
valley where they pay probably 20-30% higher that still doesn't come close
to covering how much more expensive it is to live there. California is great
for visiting not sure how you live there
Republicans - The Tax and Spend Party
As someone who has worked in computer tech for decades, none of the five
"qualified" jobs require a four-year degree. These could all be
entry-level two-year degree jobs except for the manager position which would
require some experience. I hope the program will take that into account.
As a new grad in tech, I find this absolutely ridiculous. We're going to
divert Utahns tax money to people who literally need it the least?? These people
are graduating with degrees in the hottest field in the country, but for some
reason they need subsidized. I absolutely understand why graduates take their
degree and leave the state, but companies should pay employees more if they want
them to stay in Utah! This action is just bailing out tech companies and making
it easier for them to get talent at the expense of every other Utahn. What a
ridiculous transfer of wealth.