Guest opinion: Washington could stand to learn a thing or two from Utah

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  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 3:08 p.m.

    @liberal Larry

    How do you fix economic inequality. By vehemently enforcing current laws and increasing penalties.

    It is against the law for employers to punish employees for discussing wages among other employees. However many companies make it a policy and discipline or fire employees for doing it. If lawmakers would simply enforce the law it would create a market where wage and benefit information is readily available and therefore would give employees power to negotiate higher wages and benefits.

    Second, many employers will not hire away from their competitors because they do not want to create a bidding war. This is illegal and more resources should allocated to finding and punishing employers who do this.

    Third all non compete agreements should be illegal unless a compensation contract comes with the agreement.

    Fourth, all overtime and wage laws should be enforced. It shouldn’t take a lawyer that an employee to get their compensation.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 10:51 a.m.

    Utah is going through an economic boom, much like California experienced over the last 50 years. And right now we're in high cotton, but we appear to be making the very same mistakes that our friend to the West have made!

    Utah's "hands off" approach to government works well in the growth phase of a small state, but how will small government, and lax regulations work to address problems of air pollution, urban sprawl, traffic congestion, high housing prices, and growing economic inequality?