Unify programs to create path from poverty to prosperity

People in poverty are rarely poor because they don’t have access to money. It is usually because they don’t have access to opportunity. The war on poverty really didn’t begin with Lyndon Johnson in 1964. It began in 1776, and for almost 200 years, America was winning the war on poverty. Tragically, and ironically, we didn’t start losing the war on poverty until the federal government declared that it would handle it. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln told Congress that the “leading object” of American government was “to elevate the condition…

Brexit is not Xenophobia

Note: I have no position on Brexit. As an American, I don’t see it as my place to tell the British what to do. I write today simply to respond to an ignorant argument that is being created / repeated on this side of the Atlantic. I wish I could say the coverage of Brexit has risen above the news media’s standard hysteria, rank partisanship, and hate-mongering, but I know better. The most offensive argument goes like this: Supporting Brexit is opposing globalization. Opposing globalization is xenophobia. Therefore, supporting Brexit…

Cache strapped

“Now Main Street’s whitewashed windows and vacant stores. Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more.” —from the song “My Hometown”, by Bruce Springsteen. Sandy Emile is the CEO of the Cache Chamber of Commerce. As best as I can recall I have never met her. And I will continue this polemic under the premise that she deeply cares about the vitality of businesses in Cache Valley. Yet, I must mention two blurbs that appeared oncachevalleydaily.com that gave me pause. “Though Logan wages appear to be…

Polite Politics podcast Season 2, #1: Utah Gov Gary Herbert and Utah’s remarkable economic success.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert joins the latest edition of the Polite Politics Podcast to talk about his state’s remarkable economic success. In the news, Tyler talks about: The shooting in Oregon The Secret Service v. Jason Chaffetz The race for Speaker of the House Be sure to listen to the latest Polite Politics Podcast. If you’re just tuning in, go here to catch last season’s broadcasts, with guests including US Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Rob Bishop, GLAAD’s Zeke Stokes, and Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes.

The Smart Questions Club: Bernie Sanders and Inequality in America.

The question, from Bernie Sanders: “Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages,…”    

A vote in D.C. is stifling to contact centers

by Asenath Horton Washington has made for darker days in the contact center industry. A party line vote by the Federal Communications Commission in June means everything to contact centers and the employees who rely on them for jobs. “The decision is exactly as the FCC’s very own commissioner described it: a ‘farce,’ and rooted in one of the worst documents ever seen by industry professionals,” said Art Coombs, CEO of KomBea, a leading contact center company. Now, heinously, contact centers, which provide jobs to an estimated 5 million Americans, have…

Utah’s Focus on Economic Growth also Benefits Education

In the doldrums of summer and while the rest of the political world is fixated on Obamacare subsidies and same-sex marriage, I thought I would bring the conversation back to Utah for something really important: Can Trey Lyles help the Utah Jazz win the NBA Championship in 2016? Just kidding. Instead, let’s talk about Utah’s unique approach to government — specifically, economic development — that starts at the top. For as long as I’ve lived in Utah, gubernatorial candidates have made their major campaign theme “Education”.  Over and over I have…

Fred Cox: How to Keep the Prison in Draper Utah

The prison can obviously be re-built new on site in 2 phases. It will not cost more, and will likely save money. 93 percent of the voters in my area said even in January to keep the prison in Draper. They knew it would cost money. How much we keep of what is good will save more, but I believe even if we rebuilt the entire complex at Draper, the cost building new at the other sites will be more, counting wetlands, water, sewer, transportation, etc. Back to the sketch.…

Jeremy Peterson: Utah Prison Relocation – answers to your questions

There has been a great deal of hyperventilation and consternation regarding the relocation of the Utah State Prison from Draper to one of four possible sites.  Most of the criticism, if not all, is of the Not-In-My-Back-Yard variety.  Along with these heated feelings come myth and misinformation in an attempt to rationally support an emotional sentiment. The best policies are based in fact.  The best policymakers seek these facts in order to inform their decisions. So, to help inform the public debate and continue a transparent and lively discussion on…

UTA’s Bus Rapid Transit proposal is an expensive, unnecessary boondoggle

Here we are at the start of summer, and the hottest topic in Utah County is whether or not we should run a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line from the Orem FrontRunner station, down University Parkway, around BYU, and down University Avenue to the Provo FrontRunner station. The more that I look at the topic, the more I doubt the benefits. Here are three reasons that we should stop and think about BRT before committing taxpayer dollars (from Utah or from the federal government) to this project. UTA has wildly…