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Utah Ranked as Second-Best State in the Nation for Teachers

WalletHub has recently ranked Utah as the second-best state in the nation for teachers. This ranking examined two key dimensions: “Opportunity & Competition” and “Academic & Work Environment” to rank all 50 states. These two categories were further stratified using 25 relevant metrics including average teacher salary and quality of school system. Utah took second […]

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Utah Posts Lowest Economic Inequality for Third Straight Year

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey has shown Utah posted the nation’s lowest wealth gap for the third straight year. Tracking back to 2006, Utah has finished no lower than third. As reported by the Deseret News, this impressive feat is thanks in part to the state’s young population and lack […]

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Five Things To Know About Utah’s COVID-19 Testing

The information in this post was adapted from coronavirus.utah.gov. For more information on testing, including testing locations, visit here.  Responding to the novel coronavirus has required Utahns to stay up to date with constantly evolving information. The fluid nature of the pandemic has generated many questions about key areas of our response.  In order to […]

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Utah Students Hold Lowest Student Debt in the Nation

As the nation continues to see student loan debt climb, Utah has emerged as the leading state for reducing this burden. According to research by LendEDU, Utah’s students graduated on average with a debt burden of just $16,333—the lowest in the nation. This impressive feat was nearly $4,000 lower than second-place New Mexico and almost […]

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Utah Ranked Best Economy in U.S.

24/7 Wall Street recently ranked Utah as having the best economy in the nation. The financial analysis publication ranked all 50 states’ economies based on several important metrics, including 5 year annualized GDP and unemployment growth rate. Utah placed first in the 2020 rankings, after taking third the previous year.  The state was propelled to […]

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Protecting Lives and Livelihoods During COVID-19

The oft-repeated mantra of Utah state government during this pandemic revolves around “protecting lives and livelihoods.” Utahns will have undoubtedly heard some iteration of this phrase spoken in press conferences, included in data releases, and posted across social media. But what does it actually mean?  As the state works to limit the spread of coronavirus, […]

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Why Utah Remains in a State of Emergency

The information in this post was adapted from coronavirus.utah.gov. Over the past 170 days, Utah has been under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus. Governor Herbert first issued an executive order placing the state under this status on March 6. The last state of emergency expired on August 20, and as a result, […]

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Hospitals are Open and Safe to Use

The coronavirus pandemic has come with its fair share of startling statistics and data—some expected and some unexpected. Managing the response to the virus has been a complex web of decisions on how to most effectively and efficiently respond to these trends. One of the more concerning data points surrounds the decline of hospital visits […]

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Utah Retains First-Place in Economic Outlook for 13th Straight Year

Each year, the American Legislative Exchange Council publishes its “Rich States, Poor States” manual, examining every state’s economic outlook and performance. The manual reviews the policy choices made by each of the 50 states and determines if those choices have improved or hampered economic competitiveness and prosperity. In the 2020 report, Utah has claimed the […]

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The Safety and Efficacy of Masks

With fall approaching, Utahns will be presented with the opportunity to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 and hasten our return to normal. As summer ends, many will be heading back to resume school and may experience increased interaction with others.  As a result, if we are to continue making progress in a return to […]

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