Utah Thrives Podcast | Bonus Conversation with Dr. Steve Hanke

Written by: Christopher Collard

This bonus episode is an interview with Dr. Steve H Hanke. Dr. Hanke is a professor of applied economics and founder and co-director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at the Johns Hopkins University. We reached out to Dr. Hanke to discuss the Hanke Misery index – an index of four factors that attempt to summarize the level of a country’s misery based on economic conditions. You … Continued

Utah Thrives Podcast | Utahns’ Misery

Written by: Shawn Teigen

Utah Foundation staff discuss the findings of our Misery Index, released in December as part of the 2022 Quality of Life Series. We also hear from Representative — and economist — Robert Spendlove and Dr. Steve Hanke, the creator of the index we used. Just what is making Utahns miserable and how miserable are they? Listen to find out.

The Revenue Report: Income and Sales Tax Surprise

Written by: Staff

Welcome to the first Revenue Report from the Utah Foundation. As state taxes and government spending have always been among Utah’s top ten concerns in Utah Foundation’s “Utah Priorities Project,” we thought it would be helpful to provide a monthly discussion on Utah’s state revenues.  In this month’s discussion we highlight the income and sales tax surprise – how  revenue collections are well above expectations. The Utah State Tax Commission periodically releases a revenue snapshot … Continued

Video: Utahns’ Personal Quality of Life in Decline

Written by: Shawn Teigen

In 2022, Utah’s Personal Quality of Life Index stands at 76 out of a possible 100 points, lower than the first year of the Index in 2018, when the score stood at 82. The decrease from 2018 to 2022 was significant; Utahns’ sentiments about their personal quality of life have indeed declined. Why the decrease? Because all factors declined during the period. Health, spiritual peace and happiness declined the most. Financial security – even in … Continued

Op-ed: ‘I want to be a police officer when I grow up’ used to be a common dream. How do we bring it back?

Written by: Shawn Teigen

Negative perceptions are hurting police staffing. How can we get young Americans to support police?   “Andy Griffith Show” reruns. “Kojak” on prime time. “Columbo.” “Starsky & Hutch.” Once upon a time, you could turn on the TV and find that the cops were almost always good guys. Crockett and Tubbs occasionally discovered that an officer was involved with the drug trade, but the “Miami Vice” duo stayed above the fray and took the bad … Continued

Utah Thrives Podcast | Five Years and 50 Reports Later …

Written by: Shawn Teigen

New Utah Foundation President Asks Old One What He Learned   In this edition of Utah Thrives, new Utah Foundation President Shawn Teigen sits down with departing President Peter Reichard to ask what Reichard learned about public policy in Utah since taking the helm during the summer of 2017.   

Video: Utahns’ Community Quality of Life at Decade Low

Written by: Christopher Collard

Since 2011, the Utah Foundation has measured community quality of life five times. In 2022, the Community Quality of Life Index stands at 64 out of a possible 100 points, making this year the clear low mark. Learn more in our newest video.

We’re Hiring! Research Analyst Position Announcement

Written by: Shawn Teigen

POSITION: Research Analyst – The Utah Foundation APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 2, 2022 JOB DESCRIPTION: The Utah Foundation is seeking a Research Analyst to perform public policy analysis and outreach. This is a full-time, salaried position. Candidates must have a strong desire to perform analysis of public-sector issues in a professional, nonpartisan setting and must demonstrate an understanding of public policy topics such as healthcare, housing, workforce, water, and/or infrastructure. Although the Utah Foundation is not … Continued

New President at the Utah Foundation

Written by: Staff

— Shawn Teigen to Take Over from Peter Reichard — On November 15, 2022, the Chair of the Utah Foundation Board of Trustees, Art Turner, announced that Shawn Teigen has been appointed as the president of the organization. Teigen brings a wealth of experience to the position, from entrepreneur to Peace Corps volunteer to researcher at the Utah Foundation. He’s been focusing on public policy for the past 15 years, including as the Utah Foundation’s … Continued

Op-ed: Utah should grow into its gaps

Written by: Peter Reichard

When we think of growth, we often picture developers buying an old farm or ranch and building a subdivision. We picture a growing civilizational footprint, turning what was once green into something gray. But Utah can look within the existing footprint for opportunities to grow. That means identifying sites within developed areas that are vacant or underutilized. Development of these sites is known as “infill.” Multiple factors are now converging in Utah to make infill … Continued