By the year 2050, only 36 years away, our population will double in size to 5.4 million. This change will occur in our lifetime and the decisions we make today will have a big impact on how our environment will look in the future. Will we have the quality jobs that our population will need to raise our level of income and pay for the growing demands on our education system? Will we have the transportation infrastructure needed for commerce to flourish and to maintain healthy and tolerable road congestion levels? Will Utah remain a desired place to establish a career and raise a family?
Regional coordination and collaboration will become more and more important as we grow. We need to prepare for growth in responsible ways and it will be necessary for us to consider policies that will support and sustain the environment and the quality of life we want 30 years from now.
For this reason, I will focus on supporting policies that positively advance our state in areas of economic development, education, quality growth, and good governance.
Economic Development: Grow Utah’s Economy
- Create, nurture and grow high quality jobs
- Keep the cost of doing business low
- Assist industry in obtaining the workforce it needs
Education: Prioritize Education
- Support a coordinated statewide strategic plan for education
- Prioritize education pathways that bridge occupational demands
- Nurture an environment that reinforces constructive and creative thinkers
Quality Growth: Strategically Plan for Growth
- Support coordinated transportation growth strategies
- Encourage individual responsibility and partner with industry on air quality
- Work to insure there is a long term supply of high quality water for Utahans
Good Governance: Support Accountable and Transparent Governance
- Make it easier to track how your dollars are being spent
- More transparency for quasi-governmental organizations
- Implement long term planning principles into the budget process