How is truth in taxation working? – New Utah Foundation report examines property tax trends

February 23, 2018 (UtahPolicy.com) -

While property taxes account for about one-fourth of all the tax revenue collected by state and local governments in Utah, the burden of property taxes in the state is relatively low — 34th in the nation. Those are among the conclusions of a new Utah Foundation research report, The Essential Tax: Property Taxation in Utah. The key findings of the report include: Utah’s property tax burden ranks 34th among states. The tax burden has been … Continued

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Environmental professionals say small choices make biggest difference in improving air quality

February 23, 2018 (Daily Universe) -

The Utah Foundation held a policy discussion on solutions to Utah’s air quality problems on Tuesday at Zions Bank headquarters. Utah Foundation President Peter Reichard said education about air quality was the primary purpose of the discussion. “So much of the challenge of air quality is getting people to understand what the heart of the matter is,” Reichard said. “The more we address the facts of the matter, the more we can make progress.” A … Continued

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Op-ed: Reducing health care costs is made easier through patient advocates

February 18, 2018 (Deseret News) -

After 30 years as a small business owner serving Utah employers in the insurance marketplace, I confront this issue daily — with both the rising costs of health care for our employees, and the challenges that our clients are facing. For years, our clients were lucky: Utah’s healthy lifestyle and youthful population meant that we had relatively low health care costs. But just because our costs are low doesn’t mean that they aren’t rising. A … Continued

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New report breaks down school spending issues

February 14, 2018 (San Juan Record) -

Administrative costs in Utah’s K-12 public schools are among the lowest in the nation, Utah received the lowest amount of federal funding of any state, and spending varies widely among Utah’s school districts. These are a few of the findings from Utah Foundation’s new report, Simple Arithmetic? K-12 Education Spending in Utah. The report makes national and statewide comparisons and explores some of the reasons for spending patterns.

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New report tracks funding in Utah

February 11, 2018 (KTVX) -

Every year the state of Utah spends billions of dollars on K-12 education, but where is all that money actually going? A new report is helping track those education funding numbers. Shawn Teigen with the Utah Foundation stops by Inside Utah Politics to help break down the numbers. “6 billion dollars a year. That’s from all sources. State, local and federal sources. From the state that is basically almost a quarter of the budget and … Continued

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New Research Paints Clearer Picture Of Utah Ed Spending

February 06, 2018 (KUER) -

Utah Foundation’s Vice President Shawn Teigen says this research is timely because this year some major decisions are being made regarding education spending. Along with Utah’s budget, there’s the Our Schools Now initiative that could increase taxes statewide. Take the number that’s often thrown around, “second.” As in, when it comes to per pupil funding, Utah is the second lowest spender in the country. “What does it tell us?” Teigen asks. “If we don’t move … Continued

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Utah Foundation report breaks down school spending

February 06, 2018 (KSL-TV) -

Paying for our public schools costs nearly 25-percent of the state’s budget, so it’s important to know where the money is going. New research shows exactly whre the money is not going. When asked how much money is spent on administrative costs, Utahns believe it’s 26-percent. Asked how much should be spent on administration, according to Utah Foundation, Utahns say fourteen percent. The research shows it’s half that.

How is UT education funding spent?

February 06, 2018 (KTVX) -

Nearly one fourth of the state’s budget is earmarked for education. A new report released Tuesday gives a glimpse into what happens once it goes to your child’s school district. Around $6 billion is spent every year on K-12 education in the state, according to Utah Foundation’s “Simple Arithmetic?” report, which also shows Utah spends the lowest in student spending. In Utah classrooms, nearly $6,600 are spent on the average student. That’s 42 percent below … Continued

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Education funding report shows big disparity among school districts

February 06, 2018 (Fox 13 News) -

According to a new report from the Utah Foundation, Utah schools still deal with the lowest per pupil spending in the nation, though there’s a big disparity between districts. For example, Park City schools get about six dollars for property tax for every one dollar raised for Weber District Schools. Also, rural districts get more help from the state for transportation, and more from the federal government to help children in poverty. Combine that with … Continued

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KNRS Rod Arquette Show: Utah Foundation Education Spending Report

February 06, 2018 (KNRS TalkRadio) -

Rod Arquette Show Daily Rundown – Tuesday, February 6, 2018 6:05 pm: Shawn Teigen, Research Director at the Utah Foundation, joins the show to discuss his latest report on K-12 education spending (Note: Conversation with Shawn Teigen begins at 78 minutes 47 seconds into the program.)

What is Utah doing right?

January 26, 2018 (Spectrum) -

Scanning the indicators for economically successful states, any objective observer would need to pause on Utah. As Utah Foundation recently outlined in part of the 2018 Economic Report to the Governor, the state stacks up very favorably in national and regional comparisons. Looking at 2013 through 2016, the most recent three-year period with complete data, Utah Foundation found that our state ranked second in the nation for GDP growth, with an eye-opening annual growth rate … Continued

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Op-ed: The perplexing problem of voter turnout

December 27, 2017 (Deseret News) -

At a year-end meeting this month, Utah Foundation’s board members ranked our findings for 2017. Two of the top-ranked findings pertained to voter turnout. The issue of voter turnout came up a few days later over lunch with a friend who wanted to explore ways to boost the numbers in Utah. Meanwhile, statewide, two separate groups have been gathering signatures for ballot initiatives to rethink the way we elect our candidates, both with an eye … Continued

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Gov. Herbert seeking support for new educational plan

December 20, 2017 (KTVX) -

Utah Governor Gary Herbert is continuing his push to focus on Utah’s education system. Wednesday, he and some of Utah’s top educational leaders discussed the state’s new educational plan. The state calls it the “Utah Education Roadmap”. “It’s not all about the money,” Gov. Herbert said at the podium Wednesday. “…but it’s some about the money,” he continued. Gov. Herbert is hoping to gain additional support for his new education plan. “We cannot do what … Continued

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In our opinion: Gov. Herbert’s 2018 budget proposal hits the right notes

December 17, 2017 (Deseret News) -

A few years ago, the Utah Foundation issued a report showing Utah property taxes, as a percentage of personal income, had actually dropped since the 1960s, because of this law. Governments have long clamored to be able to capture more taxes based on inflation. The concern they often ignore is that this hidden increase would make it harder for low-income and retired fixed-income people to survive. The governor suggests expanding the so-called “circuit breaker” safety … Continued

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Commentary: Bringing light to the heat of the health care cost debate

December 17, 2017 (Salt Lake Tribune) -

In each decade, one or two public policy issues emerge as thematic. In the 1960s, for instance, it was civil rights and Vietnam; in the 1970s, it was energy and “stagflation”; in the 1980s, tax reform; in the 1990s, welfare reform; in the 2000s, terrorism. For our current decade, health care has come to dominate. Utah mirrors the nation on this. In a 2016 statewide survey, Utah Foundation found that health care was the number … Continued

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KNRS Rod Arquette Show: Utah Health Care Costs

December 08, 2017 (KNRS) -

Peter Reichard, President of the Utah Foundation, joins the show to discuss the results of a new study that show healthcare providers in Utah often charge very different rates for common procedures. (Note: Interview segment begins at 77 minutes into the program.)

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KSL Sunday Edition: Utah Health Care Costs

December 11, 2017 (KSL-TV) -

A new report on health care costs in Utah finds that, while Utah’s per capita health care costs are lower than any other state, charges for medical services can vary dramatically from one provider to the next.

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Report: Varying treatment prices raise health care costs

December 07, 2017 (Standard-Examiner) -

Health care costs in Utah rose as hospitals and doctors increased rates and charged wildly different amounts for common procedures, according to a Utah Foundation report. The nonpartisan group’s report was compiled in response to a survey last year that found Utah residents were concerned about health care costs more than any other issue, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday. In one instance, the report found that a blood vessel repair surgery in Ogden, Utah, … Continued

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Report: Varying Treatment Prices Raise Health Care Costs

December 07, 2017 (US News) -

Health care costs in Utah rose as hospitals and doctors increased rates and charged wildly different amounts for common procedures, according to a Utah Foundation report. The nonpartisan group’s report was compiled in response to a survey last year that found Utah residents were concerned about health care costs more than any other issue, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday. In one instance, the report found that a blood vessel repair surgery in Ogden, Utah, … Continued

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Utah health care costs are nation’s lowest, but medical prices vary widely

December 06, 2017 (UtahPolicy.com) -

A new report on health care costs in Utah finds that, while Utah’s per capita health care costs are lower than any other state, charges for medical services can vary dramatically from one provider to the next. Those are among the findings published today in the new research report Bills of Health: What’s Driving Medical Service Costs in Utah? It’s the first report in the Utah Health Cost Series. It analyzes spending by considering Utah’s … Continued

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Utah health care providers are steadily raising rates and charging widely different amounts for common procedures, report says

December 06, 2017 (Salt Lake Tribune) -

Utahns on average spend less on their health care each year than residents of any other state, due partly to more active lifestyles and abstaining from tobacco and alcohol. But a new report says that per-capita health costs in the state are nevertheless rising fast — and not because Utahns are seeking more health care. Rather, the trend is primarily tied to hospitals and other providers steadily raising rates, and sometimes, charging widely different amounts … Continued

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Why local elections are losing their luster

November 10, 2017 (The Spectrum) -

One argument used for years in Utah is that people are voting less often because they don’t think it matters. The state’s voter participation in 2016 was 39th in the nation, with about 58 percent of eligible voters casting ballots in the presidential election, down from a high of 70 percent in 1976, according to research by the Utah Foundation, a nonprofit think-tank based in Salt Lake City. Part of the problem is that uncompetitive … Continued

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Electric Slide  Mayor says plans to shift toward clean energy are ambitious, achievable.

November 08, 2017 (City Weekly) -

Historically, buy-in has been most difficult in rural communities that have deep-ties to the coal industry. Shawn Teigen, vice president and research director at Utah Foundation, presented figures on Utah’s coal counties. In 1981, coal mining jobs peaked but have decreased since. At first, he discovered, the drop in jobs was conversely aligned with a rise in production because of new technological developments. But for the past 10 years, he said, coal production has also … Continued

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A big joke: Sandy residents voice their frustrations about 9000 South expansion

November 02, 2017 (Sandy Journal) -

Representatives of UDOT said the project isn’t necessarily designed to address or solve a major current traffic problem, but that it is designed to prevent future congestion problems as the population along the Wasatch Front continues to rise. A 2014 study by the Utah Foundation estimated that Utah’s population could double by 2050. One UDOT representative said that although the stretch between State Street and 700 East isn’t that bad right now, it could become … Continued

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Vote or Vote!

October 25, 2017 (City Weekly) -

We know how Utahns vote: They don’t, pretty much. That was the conclusion of a recent Utah Foundation report, which found, not surprisingly, that Utah ranked 39th in the nation last year for voter participation. Really surprising, however, was how voters seem to just let things ride. “Uncompetitive races are the norm. In 2016, 71 percent of Utah’s state general election races were won by a margin of greater than 30 percent.” But there are … Continued

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