Salt Lake City ranked among top cities for ‘digital nomads’

April 30, 2021 (ABC4) -

… Are people moving into Utah? The Utah Foundation, a nonprofit research organization, says a recent analysis of USPS change-of-address data indicates Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico are the top states seeing people moving in across the region. United, a moving company, reports Oregon, Idaho, and Arizona were the top moving-to states in the region. Another moving company, Atlas, includes Utah with Idaho and Nevada as the primary targets. An analysis of USPS data shows residents … Continued

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Utah Thrives Podcast: Is Utah leading a transportation funding revolution?

April 27, 2021 (UtahPolicy.com) -

Utah has joined about a dozen states in exploring a new kind of revenue for road maintenance that charges drivers for miles driven, rather than fuel consumed. While many states have conducted research and pilot projects on road usage charges, Utah and Oregon are the only two states with currently operating programs. The Utah Foundation’s recent report Measuring the Miles: Road Usage Charges in Utah examines the broader movement toward road usage charges among the states; how these charges … Continued

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Utah Foundation Video: What Worries Utahns?

April 22, 2021 (UtahPolicy.com) -

The Utah Foundation’s newest video examines Utahns’ top 12 priorities and how the top priorities have changed over time. The video draws on the Utah Priorities Project, which contains a wide array of reports, briefs and other products. Every four years, Utah Foundation conducts a series of surveys to discover which topics are most important to Utah voters. Surveying priorities in 2020 proved to be a unique challenge. The first series of surveys finished in … Continued

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Peter Reichard: Rising housing costs and rising concerns in Utah

April 22, 2021 (Salt Lake Tribune) -

Concerns about housing affordability in Utah have become acute, to say the least. In Utah Foundation surveys dating back to 2008, housing affordability had never been a top-10 issue. That changed in 2020. In an initial Utah Priorities survey before the economic shutdown, we found that housing affordability had surged to become the second most important issue. In a new survey several months later, it remained in the top 10, even after the pandemic crisis … Continued

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Why are so many Republicans looking to challenge Mike Lee?

April 15, 2021 (Deseret News) -

According to the Utah Foundation, the cost and accessibility of health care has been Utah’s top issue throughout the past two presidential election cycles. Other top issues for Utah voters include education, air quality, jobs and housing affordability. Notably, the biggest concern in March of 2020 by a substantial margin was politicians listening to voters. By summer, Utahns also showed great concern about public health and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as issues around the … Continued

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Priced Out Part 1: How did the Utah housing market get so expensive?

April 12, 2021 (KSL Radio) -

Prices in the Utah housing market have skyrocketed even during the pandemic – great for homeowners and landlords, but anyone trying to buy a home or rent an apartment is having a tough time. In the first part of KSL Newsradio’s series Priced Out, we look at what’s pushing Utah’s red-hot housing market. Has the Utah housing market been overtaken by Californians? Can we blame people moving here from California with buckets of cash for … Continued

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‘Don’t blame Californians for surge in Utah housing prices’ study says

April 11, 2021 (KSL Radio) -

If you’ve been wondering why Utah’s housing market is on fire right now, the Utah Foundation and local realtors have some answers. KSL TV reporter Ladd Eagan spoke with a senior analyst for the Utah Foundation, a nonprofit research organization, who said that Utah is not one of the top ten states where people are moving. “But most of our neighbors are,” said Christopher Collard. He told Eagan that one of the reasons for rising … Continued

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Are Californians to blame for Utah’s surging home prices?

April 09, 2021 (KSL) -

It’s a common story heard throughout Utah’s housing industry: Californians are arriving with plenty of cash in hand, outbidding local homebuyers and driving up the costs of housing; but an analysis by the Utah Foundation finds that does not seem to be the reason for steep increases in home and rental prices. “Why are we seeing these increases? The Utah Foundation has looked whether it might be due in part to any influx of Californians. … Continued

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Californians not responsible for soaring Utah housing prices, study claims

April 08, 2021 (Fox 13) -

SALT LAKE CITY — A new study says Californians are not the reason for Utah’s rising home prices. The Utah Foundation looked into whether the large number of California residents leaving their state is causing the spike. What they found was the complete opposite. Instead of people moving in, the organization says the reason behind skyrocketing prices is that people aren’t leaving the Utah, especially in the Salt Lake area. A New York Times report … Continued

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Tribune Editorial: Talking about drought without facing climate is a waste of time

April 02, 2021 (Salt Lake Tribune) -

Even before the current drought — or the one that inspired a similar declaration from then-Gov. Gary Herbert in 2018 — Utah has put far too much effort into pretending we’re not a desert. A 2014 report from the Utah Foundation notes that 82% of Utah’s water usage is for agriculture, and half of that goes to grow alfalfa, much of which is exported as animal feed, taking with it more water than is used … Continued

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2020 a standout year for home sale price escalation

March 26, 2021 (UtahPolicy.com) -

Utah Foundation’s 2020 Utah Priorities Project found that housing affordability is a top issue to Utah voters. This is due in part to increasing housing prices. Based on data collected by Redfin (a real estate brokerage that publishes national housing data), Utah’s housing prices skyrocketed in 2020. A study by bankrate.com found that over the course of 2020, Utah’s home home values increased by 15.4 percent, which was the third-highest increase among U.S. states. As … Continued

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Utah Foundation: Measuring the miles – road usage charges in Utah

March 24, 2021 (UtahPolicy.com) -

Utah has joined about a dozen states in exploring a new kind of revenue for road maintenance that charges drivers for miles driven, rather than fuel consumed. While many states have conducted research and pilot projects on road usage charges, Utah and Oregon are the only two states with currently operating programs. Measuring the Miles: Road Usage Charges in Utah examines the broader movement toward road usage charges among the states; how these charges can … Continued

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$4 for a gallon of gas? How about reconsidering the gas tax

March 19, 2021 (Deseret News) -

But now the Utah Foundation has released a report called “Measuring Miles” that thoroughly examines the issue, as well as its advantages and disadvantages. The beauty of the Utah Foundation is that it is nonpartisan. It is a research organization, not an advocacy group. Its reports examine facts and do not make recommendations. This report makes it clear that imposing a RUC won’t be simple. The state will need to calibrate the impacts of commercial … Continued

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Peter Reichard: Why should we care about educational attainment?

March 19, 2021 (Salt Lake Tribune) -

Post-secondary educational attainment matters a lot. For years, Utah Foundation has been uncovering data on challenges and successes that connect directly to post-secondary educational attainment. In fact, attainment matters so much to us that we just launched a series on the topic with a report that examines strategies that can be deployed to help boost attainment levels. What is educational attainment? In general, it is the highest level of education that a person or population … Continued

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Utah Foundation finds Salt Lake area rents expensive from national perspective, but not among other Mountain States

March 22, 2021 (UtahPolicy.com) -

Utah Foundation’s 2020 Utah Priorities Project found that housing affordability is a top issue to Utah voters. Previous Utah Foundation research indicated that housing affordability was of much greater concern among renters than homeowners. While the increasing cost of owning a home is potentially offset by record low interest rates, there is no such offset for renters. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development uses a national survey to calculate the Fair Market Rent, … Continued

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POCAST: Utah Thrives – The why and how of boosting post-secondary attainment

March 22, 2021 (UtahPolicy.com) -

Utah Foundation has launched a series of reports on how Utah can boost educational attainment. The first report in that series, Beating the Odds: Post-Secondary Success for Adult, First-Generation and Lower-Income Students, explores various means of promoting both student retention and completion of certificates and degrees. It focuses on subsets of students who have been less likely to attain higher levels of education and receive the socio-economic benefits of that attainment. In this edition of … Continued

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Has Utah found a better way to pay for roads?

March 17, 2021 (Deseret News) -

About 8,000 years ago, somebody in what is now Iraq came up with the idea of taxing the public for services and infrastructure. In addition to funding armies, taxation in the ancient world went heavily toward building roads. Whether it was property taxes or some other exaction, few were particularly pleased. Tax collectors were despised in the ancient world. After these millennia, is it possible that Utah has figured out the best way for the … Continued

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Peter Reichard talking RUC on the Rod Arquette Show

March 12, 2021 (Rod Arquette Show) -

Peter Reichard, President of the Utah Foundation, joins the show to discuss their report about new kind of revenue for road maintenance, which several states, including Utah, are considering, that charges drivers for miles driven rather than fuel consumed

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Here’s a simple plan to help clean up Utah’s air: keep workers home during pollution buildups

March 15, 2021 (Salt Lake Tribune) -

Telework alone, however, is not a silver bullet to clean up Utah’s air, Shawn Teigen, director of research at Utah Foundation and principal author of its teleworking study, said. “It’s like one tool in the tool shed. People are going to have to get back into buses and into FrontRunner and into TRAX, because that also has a benefit.”

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IN FOCUS Discussion: Utah 2021 legislative wrap-up (Pt. 1)

March 09, 2021 (In Focus - CW 30) -

Peter Reichard, President of the Utah Foundation joined ABC4’s Rosie Nguyen on the CW30 News at 7 p.m. for an IN FOCUS discussion to recap Utah’s 2021 legislative session. He discussed a few education bills they followed, what the $50 million approved for housing and homelessness will be used for, how air quality was addressed, and funding allotted for transportation.

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Salt Lake Chamber Share Speaking On Business – Utah Foundation

March 04, 2021 (Patch.com) -

Peter Reichard: By coincidence, Utah Foundation went into 2020 with a study on telework already on our research agenda. When the economic shutdown came, we quickly released a report to assist employers suddenly struggling with the challenges of telework. Then there was our Utah Priorities Project, where we survey Utahns every four years to discover their top concerns and report on them. As it happened, Utah Foundation completed the survey in early March, when the … Continued

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The high price of lower taxes in Utah

March 01, 2021 (Salt Lake Tribune) -

… Public opinion surveys conducted last year by the Deseret News and Hinckley Institute, by the Utah Foundation, and by Envision Utah all found a strong popular preference for public investment over tax cuts. Same thing with surveys this month by the Deseret News-Hinckley Institute again and by Voices for Utah Children…

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KSL Radio’s Speaking on Business

February 25, 2021 (KSL Radio) -

Utah Foundation President Peter Reichard sat down with Salt Lake Chamber CEO Derek Miller to talk about how Utah Foundation zigged when the pandemic made the world zag. The Speaking on Business segment aired on KSL Radio.

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Beating the Odds: Post-secondary success for adult, first-generation and lower-income students

February 17, 2021 (UtahPolicy.com) -

Boosting post-secondary educational attainment is critical to Utah’s future and the Utah Foundation has released a report exploring how to increase success in students who traditionally have been less likely to complete higher ed degrees. Key findings include: Utah’s population is changing. If the state’s post-secondary educational institutions do not respond to those changes, tens of thousands of Utahns may miss out on educational advancement in the coming decades. Engaging and re-engaging with adult learners … Continued

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As Utah Latinos lag in educational attainment, study says it time to find ways to help them

February 09, 2021 (Salt Lake Tribune) -

Utah Latinos are five times less likely than state residents overall to graduate from high school and half as likely to receive any higher education — so leaders should look hard at how to help turn that around, a new study says. The Utah Foundation, a nonprofit research group, issued “The State of Latinos in Utah,” requested by Hispanic civic, business and elected leaders, and funded in part by the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs.

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