Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt encourages state leaders to 'grab the baton' to keep tech economy booming

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  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    April 2, 2019 10:06 a.m.

    Appreciate all Leavitt has done for Utah through the years. Unfortunately, now we have a governor and legislature who are turning back the clock to encourage coal, depleted uranium, and pollution from trucks and trains.

    Our goal? Become the Pittsburgh of 1950.

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    April 2, 2019 9:47 a.m.

    I fully agree we need to be ahead of the curve on infrastructure.

    That said Utah politicians need to stop buying big tech companies to come to Utah by giving them tax breaks. Utah is a desirable enough place to come and work in. There is no need to give this multi-billion dollar companies tax break incentives.

  • AlagnakLounger Heber City, UT
    April 2, 2019 9:14 a.m.

    Yes, by all means. Home prices aren't out of reach for enough people now. Let encourage San Francisco home prices.

  • educanto north salt lake, UT
    April 2, 2019 7:53 a.m.

    Leavitt was a visionary Governor. His address was a refreshing statement about the investments required to make Utah a major tech hub. The incredible irony is that USTAR which sponsored the Innovations Summit was eliminated by Governor Herbert and the Utah Legislature during the last legislative session. The legislature did find an opportunity to authorize a $ 50.0 m. loan for assisting in the development of a deep water port in California or Mexico to ship Utah coal.
    So, the important technologies funded in part by USTAR ( clean energy, robotics, medical devices, DNA research, big data, etc. ) are on the shelf and Utah policy makers make a bold and visionary decision to invest in coal. The irony is just astonishing.