In this special election year, Utahns are less confident that the state is heading in the right direction than they were two years ago. Their concerns about some issues, like energy and transportation, have eased since 2008. However, other issues are now of greater concern, including the economy, government spending, the ethics of elected officials, and states’ rights versus the federal government.
Utah voters ranked healthcare as the fourth most important issue of concern on Utah Foundation’s 2008 Utah Priorities Project survey. The high ranking of healthcare reflects Utah voters’ concerns with the current health system. This research report reviews some of the major problems underlying the current system, summarizes Utah’s initial steps for reform, and identifies the issues that need to be resolved for real systemic reform to take place at the state level. Based on … Continued
Since 1991, Utah state government spending has generally grown slower than Utah’s economy, except for brief “bumps” during economic booms. Through most of this period, health spending and transportation capital spending grew faster than the economy, while all other categories, including public education (the largest state spending area) declined in terms of spending per $1,000 of personal income. The most recent two fiscal years, however, brought large increases in state spending, mostly focused in public … Continued
Throughout this election year, Utah Foundation will work to provide information, analysis, and public dialogue on the issues that matter most to you as you consider the future of Utah. The project began with a survey conducted by Dan Jones and Associates to understand which issues are of greatest concern to voters. The results of this survey are now available here by clicking the links below. The survey found that the top 10 issues for … Continued
Utah Foundation performed the research for the Community Assessment released in April 2007 by the United Way of Salt Lake. This project involved four research phases:
Utah Foundation’s November 2006 report examines healthcare reform concepts suggested by the Employers Healthcare Coalition, a group formed by members of the Salt Lake Chamber. This is part two of a two-part report; the first examined rising healthcare costs and the reasons for high cost growth, and this second report analyzes five reform ideas selected by the coalition after reviewing the findings from part one.
Utah Foundation’s October 2006 report examines data and trends on healthcare costs and coverage for Utah and the nation. Data show an increase in Utah’s uninsured population, partly caused by rising insurance costs and the resulting difficulties for employers trying to provide health coverage to workers.
Maintaining good physical health is a priority for Utahns. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 31.9% of Utahns report that they exercise vigorously at least three times per week. Several factors contribute to maintaining overall wellness. In this research brief, Utah Foundation examines the underlying patterns and components of Utahns’ health, including several individual indicators of citizens’ health, the cost and availability of health insurance, and the availability of health care … Continued
The rapid population growth that occurred in Utah during the 1990s is still expected to continue for the next thirty years. The challenges presented by the significant growth underlie many of the other top issues facing this state. Education, jobs, water supply, health care, crime, higher education, environment, and transportation are all greatly impacted by population growth. This brief will seek to explain how growth patterns will impact some of the top issues identified by … Continued
In November of 2000, Utah Foundation released an initial analysis of the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP. That report provided an overview of the program and its purpose as well as discussing first year results and health care reform in Utah. It concluded by detailing the state’s plan for operation as well as the measurement tools used to determine how successful CHIP was in reaching its goals.