Gov. Gary Herbert: Greatest challenge for Utah? Growth

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  • J2 Riverton, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:54 p.m.

    Agree with other commenters that the defining challenge of our present time is mitigating growth, not encouraging it. We really don't have any good reason to encourage any more people to move here. We've already sped far past the turning point where additional growth lessens the quality of life.

    Look no further than Herriman and Lehi for examples of what NOT to do. It's just absurd how much high density housing is being built out there. And there are no jobs anywhere nearby for all those people, so they're forced to drive (because the transit is horrible in the south and west parts of the valley) all the way up to SLC or Lehi. Which makes traffic through Riverton, Bluffdale, and Lehi a complete meltdown every day.

    We need to stop residential growth as much as possible, and encourage job centers to spread out much more than they are currently doing.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:11 p.m.

    SG in SLC - We don't need a wall to mitigate growth. We need to stop building everywhere and everything. Don't issue building permit on what little vacant land still is around the valley. Let the economic law of supply and demand work without governmental influence. If there are no additional jobs available, and if there is now low cost housing, then the growth of Utah will slow substantially.

    If conditions should change, you can modify to meet the needs of the state. Right now there is absolutely not shortage of people and we are giving lots of incentive to folks to come here and lessen our quality of life.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 10:26 a.m.

    At long last,

    I couldn't agree more. I wish the city of Orem would realize we don't need to grow. They keep thinking we have to house everyone that wants to come to Utah.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:43 a.m.

    @at long last. . .

    You could build a 1,220 mile border wall around the state (wall construction through Bear Lake, the north slope of the Uintas, Flaming Gorge, Split Mountain Gorge/Lodore Canyon, Westwater Canyon, and Lake Powell could be a bit difficult and expensive), which would prevent *most* in-migration,

    except those who were permitted in as permanent residents through border ports of entry, or visitors who arrived by plane and decided to stay, or those who sneaked over or under "the Utah Wall". But, suppose that the rate of post-Utah Wall in-migration was more than offset by out-migration and deaths; zero population growth is still probably not a realistic goal among a population where the prevalent tendency is to multiply like bunnies...

    Hmmm... I wonder what the takeaway from all of this could be???

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 8:52 a.m.

    No, Utah's greatest challenge ISN'T growth; it's the hubris of an unaccountable, unresponsive state legislature.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 7:51 a.m.

    Right, every election Herbert vows to spend more and more on education if that's the case then how are we literally dead last in education funding he's had 10 years to correct it.

    Right, cleaner air yet he green lights projects like a Inland sea port its a port meaning hundred of Semi's and vehicle will be driving to Utah daily to transport goods to other states

    All electric vehicles in the state aren't going to make up for the air pollution the Inland sea port will produce.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Jan. 31, 2019 7:33 a.m.

    Though Herbert doesn't yet understand it, his biggest challenge is to STOP growth. Redirection away from the Growth Paradigm and toward a sustainable quality of life with the approximate number of people here, with the same amount of business, upgrading, limiting and reducing where possible - not growing. The coming disastrous consequences with the Growth Paradigm should be apparent to anyone who thinks about it. More is NOT better, in this case.

  • hoch ,
    Jan. 31, 2019 6:45 a.m.

    Education and air quality. I behind maximizing responsible spending in both of these known issues.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 6:24 a.m.

    Had to smile about electrical recharging stations proposal. Huntsman proposed natural gas stations. In Tooele the Chev dealer has a station to charge electric cars that does not work. I think there is only one electric car in Tooele. Pollute the air with power plants instead of autos?

    Public employees take transit? Took me twice as long to get to work on transit and once there couldn't go any place in a reasonable time on transit to carry out duties at UVU. Used natural gas state cars because no one else wanted to bother with the trouble of fueling them. Electric cars are expensive and not cheap to operate. Change of regular battery in Chev Volt cost over $500.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 5:50 a.m.

    I like what Gov. Herbert has to say here, but Carol Spackman Moss is right that this is not the time to cut taxes.

  • UtahEngineer Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 4:01 a.m.

    You forgot to mention that Brent Taylor was also a member of the Board at UTA.

    He was the only person with the right combination of guts, principles, willingness to learn, a willingness to work hard to get at the truth, and a keen sense of responsibility. He was the ONLY person who could straighten out the mess that still is the bumbling, Deplorable Utah Transit Authority.

    Since everyone has conveniently forgotten, Board member Taylor's last words about UTA were that the 10-year, $20-million free pass "program" between UTA, BYU, and UVU, was, "CRAZY!".

    Is there anyone at the Legislature that would care to investigate just why that Free Pass Gift deal by UTA was and still is, "CRAZY!"?

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 10:15 p.m.

    We have a 21+ trillon $ national debt & add 1 trillion $ a year to this because Congress & the White House refuse to pass a balanced budget & follow it. They have abdicated their responsibility to pass a responsible budget to special interest groups, lobbyists, and corporations. We are on track to add 12 trillion more in debt by 2029 if something doesn't change. This is all not sustainable. If we were a corporation we would be declared insolvent over this kind of debt, uncontrolled spending, and failure to manage a budget. A downturn is around the corner.

    Utah, thankfully, does not operate like this. But, if too many people push for a more socialist society and too many people fail to take personal responsibility for their lives and decisions and look to the gov't to save them, we could end up like this in our state.

    The huge surplus reflects a problem with overtaxing Utahns. It is right a significant amount of that tax surplus should be returned to the people that paid those taxes. Returned to the people who paid those taxes while we maintain a healthy rainy day fund. There shouldn't be the spending spree that many are advocating for.