Utah Thrives (Podcast of Utah Foundation)

Utah Thrives Podcast | A Discussion with Utah’s Next Governor

Written by: Staff

In this episode of Utah Thrives, we hear Spencer Cox and Chris Peterson talk about Utahns’ top priorities: Health care (costs and accessibility) State taxes and government spending K-12 education Jobs and the economy Public health / COVID-19 pandemic

Utah Thrives Podcast | The Challenges of Income Inequality

Written by: Staff

This episode of Utah Thrives draws from our recent Breakfast Briefing on income inequality in Utah. The discussion with University of Utah professors looks especially at social mobility, health and education challenges in Salt Lake County.

Utah Thrives Podcast | What do Legal Needs Tell Us about Struggling Utahns?

Written by: Shawn Teigen

This episode of Utah Thrives pulls back the curtain to tell the hidden story of the legal and financial struggles of lower-income Utahns. We talk with retired Chief Justice Christine Durham and bankruptcy attorney Peggy Hunt of the Utah Bar Foundation. This podcast builds on Utah Foundation’s new report, The Justice Gap: Addressing the Unmet Legal Needs of Lower-Income Utahns.

Utah Thrives Podcast: The State of Utah Embraces Teleworking

Written by: Peter Reichard

You won’t want to miss this episode of Utah Thrives, where you’ll find out why teleworking employees are more productive and you’ll hear about the multiple goals the state is addressing through teleworking — from air quality to rural employment. We talk with Jeff Mottishaw, senior consultant with the Operational Excellence Team in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, who discusses how the state’s teleworking program has gained momentum with the coronavirus crisis. This podcast builds on … Continued

Utah Thrives Podcast: A New Census Brings a New Round of Redistricting

Written by: Peter Reichard

In this episode of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation Research Analyst Christopher Collard and President Peter Reichard discuss the new Utah redistricting statute and the challenges of redistricting in our state. The conversation follows Utah Foundation’s release of a new brief on redistricting and an interactive citizen redistricting tool.  

Utah Thrives Podcast: The State Auditor’s Take on How to Get Utah’s Fiscal House in Order

Written by: Peter Reichard

In this episode of Utah Thrives, we sit down with Utah State Auditor John Dougall to discuss his views on the state’s fiscal challenges, particularly in light of the recent tax reform effort. We also discuss the transportation funding questions that he suggests stand at the heart of the matter. The conversation touches on both of Utah Foundation’s most recent reports, Now What? A Citizen’s Tax Reform Troubleshooting Guide (February) and EDTIF Elevated? Utah’s Evolving … Continued

Utah Thrives: Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Written by: Dan Bammes

The number of vehicles powered by electricity has been growing steadily in Utah, but they’re still only 1.6% of new vehicles sold in the state. Eventually, they’ll have an impact on air quality, but that’s years away. A new research report from Utah Foundation shows there may be opportunities to have a bigger impact sooner by focusing on trucks and buses powered by electricity or other alternative fuels such as natural gas. In this edition … Continued