How Much Debt Does Utah Have?

How much debt does Utah actually have? And how will that debt affect Utah’s ability to fund important priorities in coming years?  Utah’s historical measure of its general obligation debt is higher than average for states with a AAA debt rating, but other liabilities might raise it higher still.  Only prudent policy will allow Utah to plan for the future.   Did you know that the Utah Constitution imposes constitutional limits on the amount of debt the state can carry? From Article XIV, Section 1: To meet casual deficits or failures in…

Federal Management Failed – State Asked to Step In

On May 14, 2014 in Salt Lake City Representative Ken Ivory, and Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart had a debate with Bureau of Land Management Director Pat Shea and University of Utah professor Dan McCool concerning who should manage our lands in Utah the state or the federal government. The evening began with a poll of attendees with a 60/40 split against the statement, meaning that 60% favored federal management of public lands, no surprise in given the downtown Salt Lake City location for the debate. By the end…