Does every college in Utah need NCAA athletics?

by Dan Burton and Shon Harris Does every Utah institution of higher education need NCAA sports? Let us put that differently: should students and taxpayers be subsidizing NCAA sports in Utah to the tune of $56M or could that money be prioritized for other needs, such as lowering student costs and fees? A couple weeks ago (or more, but we’re slow, okay?) the Utah State Auditor’s office released an analysis of subsidization of the NCAA by Utah, and it had all the impact of a bird pooping on the shiny glass of the Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium.…

Do You Want To Go To College? Do You Want To Complete College? STEM Matters.

There is more innovation taking place today than at any time in the history of the world. With 52 years of watching a world go from land line phones, black and white televisions, no personal computing power, snail mail and automobiles getting ten miles per gallon to smart phones for everyone, television shows on demand, laptops traveling with you anywhere you go, texting and electric cars, I have found STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is the mother of most invention. The next time you see someone downplay the importance of…

Utah State Auditor Releases Audit of the Jordanelle Special Service District [UPH Wire]

News Release  For Immediate Release April 20, 2015 Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Audit of the Jordanelle Special Service District Salt Lake City, UTAH – The Office of the Utah State Auditor (Office) today released its audit of the Jordanelle Special Service District (JSSD).  The audit team investigated a wide array of issues such as appropriate use of funds by JSSD officials, the propriety of various land deals, record retention practices and other financial issues. The full Audit Report may be found on the Office’s website, auditor.utah.gov, specifically at…

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…