Paying for success: The story of how Utah became a leader in social impact investing

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  • dski HERRIMAN, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 7:55 a.m.

    This statistics reminds me of the drunk who leans on the street light post for support not illumination to see where he is going. In the end, taxpayers will still be asked to dump millions into it.

  • Grand Bargain Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2019 9:46 p.m.

    It's great that Granite School District and the PFS program have 'proved' that Pre-K education improves outcomes for kids. Improvements that last their whole lives. But, then we all knew that already didn't we. Utah would have long ago had state-wide Pre-K had it not been for the intransigence of Aaron Osmond (R - South Jordan). Instead, Goldman Sachs and others were paid millions of extra dollars to do what the legislature wouldn't. How many other programs have been passed over (Prop 3 Medicaid anyone?) because of the legislature's false measures of economy?

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2019 7:30 p.m.

    Great the private sector is stepping in to help their communities. But, 90 million dollar hit for the taxpayers is a lot for just one program. Some would ask what is the cost to society if we don't do these kind of programs.

    I have helped many of these kinds of families in community service activities. Many do not worry about getting married before having children or having a lot of kids they can't afford for several reasons. Gov't paid housing or gov't subsidized housing, gov't paid food stamps, gov't paid child care, gov't health insurance (Medicaid), govt. payments (welfare), gov't paid grants, gov't paid school breakfast, lunch, and dinner for their kids, and many other gov't paid programs. Even many immigrants and refugees had heard about our welfare benefits long before they came to our country.

    Who is the gov't? The taxpayers. How did we get to a place where we put more and more parenting and personal responsibilities on the gov't to provide and pay for?

    We need to stop calling all of these programs "entitlement" programs and go back to pushing self-reliance, education, training, responsible procreation, and minimal dependence on the gov't.

  • Ron de Manati Kennesaw, GA
    Feb. 8, 2019 11:51 a.m.

    If, as the article states, the program doesn't cost the taxpayer anything, then why the need to allocate $100 million in "government" (taxpayer) funds?

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2019 11:25 a.m.

    Yet another tax increase so I can pay to support "those less fortunate". What a joke. I can't get insurance for my family but I'm expected to pay for insurance so some freeloader can have good healthcare. I'm sick & tired of supporting those less fortunate people.