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Below is the tracking list and the bills in committee.
Below is the Tracking sheet and the Bills in Committee.
Per previous blog posts, Cameron and Lincoln spent time in Nepal volunteering at an eye clinic in Phaplu with the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center. The entire trip was led by World Wide Trekking, a Utah-based expedition company, and its Human Outreach Project. The blog now compares Utah city infrastructure to Nepali city infrastructure. Two of the most visible services that Utah cities provide are public safety (police and fire departments) and parks and recreation. Nepali cities also provide such services, though with a different level of service.
Per previous blog posts, Cameron and Lincoln spent time in Nepal volunteering at an eye clinic in Phaplu at the Moran Eye Center. The entire trip was led by World Wide Trekking, a Utah-based expedition company, and its Human Outreach Project. The blog compares Utah cities to Nepalese cities.
Utah cities are proud of the public works and sanitation services that they provide. Public works employees dig, excavate, build, pave, and develop the infrastructure on which our community and economy depend. Utah cities contract with waste disposal companies to ensure that communities stay clean and waste is removed efficiently and disposed of in environmentally-friendly ways. Nepal is… different.
So I’ve had a bit of a hiatus from blogging…but I’m back at. Hopefully, this spring we’ll spice this up with some more podcasts and possibly video-casts.
So no one is quite sure where the economy is heading right now. It seems that more and more people are moving to a position of cautious optimism. However, I just read this article tonight: “Leading economic indicators dip more than expected“
According to this private sector index economic activity fell 0.3 percent in March, while many economists were expecting the decline to be closer to 0.2 percent. This analysis includes a number of factors including: stock prices, the money supply, jobless claims, new orders by manufacturers and building permits.
Ken Goldstein, economist with Conference Board (conducting this analysis) says…
There have been some intermittent signs of improvement in the economy in April, but the leading economic index and most of its components are still pointing down.
A great article in the SL Tribune today about one of the nation’s finest mayors…Mayor Joe Piccolo. Mayor Piccolo is a past president of the ULCT and someone those of us here at League have a lot of admiration for and love to work with. You can read the full article here: Price mayor is a man for his time.
So where are we at with the latest confidence crisis? Well according to today NY Times the numbers for consumer spending are pretty alarming.
Sales of new vehicles have dropped 32 percent in the third quarter. Consumer spending appears likely to fall next year for the first time since 1980 and perhaps by the largest amount since 1942.
Circuit City has filed for bankruptcy and General Motors continues to struggle. Many clothing retailers are struggling too (Harold’s clothing, Mervyns, all going out of business recently). The challenge for consumer spending is in recent years the American consumer has spent 99% of their income…now American’s are looking to save more. Economists seem to be forecasting that saving will increase to around 3%. The trend of consumer spending of couse is something we will monitor closely in the next few months.
You can read the full article here: Buying Binge Slams to Halt
Last week Brian, Meg, and I spent the afternoon and evening in Castle Dale. Mayor Peacock was not only a great host…but a great tourguide as well taking us for a quick visit to the San Rafael Swell. It was a perfect fall day, here are a few pictures…
We did do some work while we were there too…I spent an hour talking about local taxes, specifically sales tax and how to forecast sales tax during this uncertain economy. You can download a pdf of the presentation here: Castle Dale Presentation
Well, I made it. Here are the final stats:
Total miles: 853
Cities or towns visited: 49
“Moving violations”: ZERO
It was a lot of time in the car but I actually enjoyed it. I was quite interesting to see the various shapes and sizes of city and town halls around the state. And it was nice to meet some nice folks, although I found–not surprisingly–many town halls to be closed when I passed through town. Hopefully many of you found the parcel I left by the front door, or remnants of it after the stray pack of dogs had fun with it.
I’ll be undertaking part 2 of the tour, a more southern route, within the next 4-6 months.