New report: How Utah can thrive in the new climate economy

July 28, 2021 ( -

Today, the Utah Foundation released Going for the Green: How Utah Can Thrive in the New Clean Economy. Innovations and other measures from corporations, along with new policies and investments from the federal government, provide states with a range of opportunities to capitalize on the transition to an economy that prioritizes climate-focused strategies. Going for the Green analyzes job-creating opportunities by economic sector, explores opportunities from the public and private sectors, and looks at ways … Continued

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The Utah Foundation honored with multiple national awards

July 22, 2021 ( -

The Utah Foundation was honored with several awards by the Governmental Research Association, a national association of government research professionals. The GRA presented the awards at its annual conference, hosted by the Civic Federation of Chicago. The honors include three award-winners and two certificates of merit.

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Policy News Utah Foundation Breakfast Briefing: Mental health in anxious times

July 16, 2021 ( -

Lockdowns. Social isolation. Unrest. Soaring drug overdose deaths. Health worries. Economic anxiety. This decade is off to a challenging start for our nation’s sense of well-being. On August 26, the Utah Foundation will hold an important Breakfast Briefing focusing on the Beehive State’s mental health challenges and what we can do to address them. Panelists include Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Mark Rapaport and Doug Thomas.

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Help Wanted

July 07, 2021 (City Weekly) -

Economists interviewed say they believe the worst of the worker shortage will fade in the coming months, as higher wages, declining COVID risks and a return to in-person school lures more people back to the workplace. However, researchers point out that worker shortages in Utah have been brewing for years—and likely won’t disappear anytime soon. Back in 2015, the Utah Foundation—a nonprofit, nonpartisan, policy research organization—surveyed 151 local employers and found that a shortage of … Continued

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Which Out-Of-State Buyers Are Interested In Utah Real Estate? California Tops List

July 07, 2021 (KSL) -

This spring, the Utah Foundation said an analysis found that Californians moving to Utah don’t 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. That does not seem to be the answer,” the report stated. The rate of people moving into Utah’s larger metropolitan areas is actually down, … Continued

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Rod Arquette Show Daily Rundown

July 06, 2021 (Rod Arquette Show) -

6:20 pm: Peter Reichard, President of the Utah Foundation joins the program for a conversation about his piece for the Salt Lake Tribune in which he discusses why the current drought highlights the importance of water management

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How Utahns Spent Their Federal Stimulus Checks

July 05, 2021 (KUER) -

Since the start of the pandemic, the federal government has issued three different rounds of stimulus checks to Americans. According to a recent analysis by the Utah Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization, Utahns were more likely to put that money into savings than people living in other states. The study found 11% of Utahns surveyed used their stimulus checks for savings or investments, compared to 7% nationally. Generally, though, residents of the Beehive State spent … Continued

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Peter Reichard: Dry times in Utah highlight importance of long-term water management

July 05, 2021 (Salt Lake Tribune) -

It’s when your throat is parched and you’ve been baking in the hot sun that you most appreciate a glass of cool, clear water. We appear to be in such a moment at a statewide level. As of May 1, the 2020-21 winter snowpack in most of the state’s measured basins was well below median, and in some cases less than half of the median level. While one bad year may not plunge the whole … Continued

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‘Hyper-, hyper-competitive’ — Salt Lake area housing market is white hot, but are Californians to blame?

June 24, 2021 (Salt Lake Tribune) -

But it’s not just the Californians — or the Vermonters, the New Yorkers and the Texans — who are affecting the market. Recent research by the Utah Foundation noted that the Salt Lake metropolitan area saw the fifth most extreme growth rate of 100 cities measured, but added that fewer people arrived in 2020 than in past years. Rather, more people are staying in the state. “Is it Californians driving that growth? Not likely,” Christopher … Continued

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Where the great jobs are in Utah: Aerospace and other STEM careers (if you can find housing)

June 18, 2021 ( -

Many Utahns may not be aware of how dynamic the aerospace industry is in Utah – and how badly it needs workers. I wasn’t fully cognizant of it either, until I attended (via Zoom) a meeting of the Utah Foundation board earlier this week and heard presentations from industry, education and military leaders. One indication of the vigor of the industry is the number of current job openings – thousands of them. Northrop Grumman alone, … Continued

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Letter: Gov. Cox should ask farmers to cut their water usage

June 17, 2021 (The Salt Lake Tribune) -

In recent comments on Utah’s water usage, a large elephant in the room seems to have been ignored. According to the Utah Foundation’s 2013 study, public uses account for only 10% of Utah’s water consumption. The largest single consumer is agriculture, responsible for 82% of all water used.

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Davis County company gets state tax break to expand, bring in new jobs

June 13, 2021 (Standard-Examiner) -

According to a 2019 report from the Utah Foundation, state and local tax incentives are often seen as controversial. Critics view them as public subsidies that distort true economic growth and cause local governments to (at least for a time) forgo tax revenue. Proponents see certain tax credits as a necessary tool to spur development when the private sector can’t. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research firm says the post-performance tax incentives carry less risk … Continued

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Utah no longer last place in per-pupil education spending

June 01, 2021 (KUTV 2) -

…Utah education funding expert Shawn Teigen, with the non-partisan research organization Utah Foundation, says Utah does do a lot more with less. For example, Utah’s graduation rate of 87% is better than nearly half the states in the U.S., including education big spender New York. However, Teigen is quick to point out that during the past three decades, Utah lawmakers and voters have made significant changes to state law, the state constitution and taxes that … Continued

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Utah’s Not Last In The Country For Per-Pupil Spending Anymore, But Funding Still Isn’t Making The Grade

May 27, 2021 (KUER) -

Utah is no longer last in the country in per-student funding, according to the latest census data on public education funding. The state spent $8,014 per student for fiscal year 2019, barely nudging past its long-running rival Idaho. The national average was $13,197. Since the data lags two years behind, it does not account for the significant increase in education funding lawmakers passed earlier this year. That could have a further positive impact on the … Continued

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AM News Brief

May 27, 2021 (KUER) -

Utah is no longer last in the country in per-student spending, according to the latest census data on public education funding. But the state has gotten worse in it’s funding effort compared to previous years — that is, how much money the state spends on education relative to personal income. But rather than compare Utah to other states, Shawn Teigen with Utah Foundation said a better strategy is to look at the gaps between students … Continued

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Utah is no longer last in education spending per student; what does that mean?

May 25, 2021 (Deseret News) -

Put on your fancy clothes. Grab your top hat. It’s time to party. Maybe this should be declared a state holiday. For the first time in at least two decades, Utah no longer ranks dead last in per pupil spending for public education. The new last-place loser? Idaho. Sure, it’s a difference of only a few bucks per student (Utah spend $8,014, and Idaho $7,985), and yes, ranking 50th instead of 51st is kind of … Continued

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Utah is not last in the nation for per-pupil spending, for the first time in decades

May 19, 2021 (Salt Lake Tribune) -

For the first time in more than two decades, Utah is not ranked last in the nation for its per-pupil spending — edging out Idaho to claim the No. 50 spot. The state allocated $8,014 per student for fiscal year 2019, the most recent year of data compiled nationally and released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. That moved Utah up from its longtime place at No. 51, behind Idaho. Utah spent $29 per student … Continued

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We’re #2! Utah is no longer the lowest in per-pupil spending – Idaho took our spot. Now we are the second-lowest.

May 19, 2021 ( -

As many people know, Utah has been last in the nation for decades in per pupil spending on education, trailing Arizona and Idaho. No longer. Utah Foundation staff had expected the state to pull ahead of Idaho at some point during the past four years. It has finally happened with the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau data released today. The Utah Foundation prefers the measure of education spending effort – or the amount spent on education … Continued

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Utah Is No Longer Last In Education Spending Per Student

May 19, 2021 (Utah Public Radio) -

Utah has been last in the nation for decades in per pupil spending on education, but no longer. According to 2019 U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday, Utah pulled ahead of Idaho and is now the second lowest state in per pupil education spending. The Utah Foundation measures this by looking at spending and, more important, outcomes. Utah students are currently somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of outcomes compared to other … Continued

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Salt Lake City houses selling in half the time they were last year

May 17, 2021 (KSL Radio) -

In KSL Newsradio’s recent series, Priced Out, Finding an Affordable Home in Utah, one thing became more clear. While it’s often said that those from other states, namely California, are moving to Utah and bringing their willingness to pay higher home prices with them, the Utah Foundation said the crunch is more about a unique trait belonging to Utahns: they don’t leave the state. “So people stopped leaving Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake … Continued

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Child Advocates Want Policy Change For Daycare Subsidies To Children Born In U.S.

May 14, 2021 (KCPW) -

Utah’s Childcare subsidy program administered through the Department of Workforce Services helps employed parents with childcare costs. Eligibility to receive federally funded subsidies do not apply for U.S. born children of immigrant parents. KPCW reports on the impacts the policy has on mixed status families in Utah. The federally funded subsidy is determined based on income and size of household and is paid directly to the approved childcare provider at the beginning of each month. Parents … Continued

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Shaming your neighbors is not a solution to the drought. But higher water rates might be

May 12, 2021 (Deseret News) -

The Utah Foundation, an independent research organization, published a comprehensive four-part series in 2019 on the issue. Among its findings was that water companies see a 6.5% reduction in usage for every 10% increase in rates — a clear indication that pricing is the best way to promote conservation. Saving water in a drought is more complicated than this, however. Raising rates would have an obvious impact on low-income Utahns who already struggle to pay … Continued

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