Icount Poll: Government Reform

Can your state be more friendly to business by changing its rules or regulations? If you answer yes, please provide specifics in a comment.

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Comments

First and foremost change the archaic liquor laws. I grow tired of trying to explain this to visiting business colleagues. Next, Utah politicians also need to remember that not all people doing business in Utah are LDS. This notion that was clearly voiced by Rob Bishop that politicians are free to vote with a Mormon bias because of this idea that most Utahan's are Mormon is just wrong. How can you attract businesses when they see that their non-Mormon employees will not be fairly represented in local government. If you are not LDS in Utah you are not represented Plain and Simple Fact. If I were a large business owner this would weigh heavy on my decision making process. That part of Jeffersonian Democracy related to the separation of Church and state is dying if not dead already. It is amazing how bold the LDS church as been on influencing state policy. It used to be a quite behind the scenes activity. Today policy statements are being made by church officials on public news channels. Amazing. I am personally not against the LDS church or any church. So if you read this please do not consider this an attack on anyone's beliefs. I am simply stating political realities that I see as harmful to our image and our future growth.

Submitted: over 7 years ago by: validated user

You ask if my state should be more friendly to businesses by changing rules or regulations. In our state of Utah our legislative leaders led by their Mormon Church lobbyist rammed a guest worker bill for illegal immigrants despite 70% of Utahns opposing this bill. You see in Utah if your not LDS or oppose the LDS Churches involvement in state issues your voice will not only not be heard but it will be silenced. We have 100's of thousand unemployed Utahns being denied aid and jobs while Utah sends a message to all illegal immigrants that this is the place to take american jobs. Our construction industry has been taken over by business owners who make more profits and drive out completive business owners who hire americans by paying lower wages without benefits. If your a contractor in Utah you cannot compete unless you too hire illegals. I've worked over 30 years in the railroad construction business but at my 54 year age can only get part time work as a janitor. They have my job and I have theirs. Our governor and state attorney general are visiting Washington DC trying to ram this same bill down the throats of Washinton politicians while our state delegates are passing resolutions in county conventions to repeal this bill.HB116 needs to be repealed and the rights of the people with opposing view points from the LDS Church have their rights and voices reinstated.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Reduce the volume of drug listings. When you list 1000s you miss the principle of harmful. The good guys waste time having to read the list and the bad guys will just create a micro variation to get around it.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Utah is ALREADY OVERLY friendly to business.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

We need to regulate the businesses who take advantage of "crises" and gauge the customers -- specifically oil businesses, and the ridiculous "fuel surcharges" that have been going on since the crisis in 2008. We ALL are having gas increases -- it's ridiculous to name a surcharge. Btw, those surcharges have NEVER disappeared even when gas prices went back down to normal.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

We should create competition in every respect. No monopolies.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Create a Utah State insurance POOL. This is not creating a government-insurance, but creates a HUGE POOL (the same way a large corporation creates its own pool, or the same way a local credit union accepts members -- often based on geography) so that insurance rates are reduced and affordable, and attainable -- versus individual insurance which is outrageously expensive -- more expensive than mortgages these days. Imagine the competition that would be created for the private insurers to WIN that pool of Utah State Pool customers!!!!

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Award work to contractors who live in our own state.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

need to encourage more activity at night (housing would be nice) need to have better ability to park, need to let businesses stay open longer, need to run tracks later, liquor seems to be a problem (not being able to get drinks) pan handlers are a big problem.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

The business climate is much more efficient than in the past but all requirements must be continually upgraded to meet new methods of construction or internet, etc. and employees need to be efficient. Fed agency requirements & paperwork need to be trimmed such as 19 page pamphlet from EPA & HUD to inform about lead paint problems and many other extra layers of govt.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Certainly Utah can be more friendly to business. The question is how this should be done, and more important, how far should we go? Do we want to become like Pennsylvania or West Virginia, two states that are very friendly to heavy industry? We are already the Silicon Valley of the Intermountain West. Let's concentrate on clean businesses like that. Maybe we can do more to encourage start-ups and young businesses. Please be very careful about tax incentives, though. Don't hurt our cities and schools by giving big long-term tax incentives.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: Roger Scanland

Business property tax is burdensome to track and the details are unclear. I had an auditor make me count my paperclips! The cost/benefit for low value items does not justify tracking them.
I don't understand the justification for taxing a piece of equipment year after year for business property tax. Tax it once and be done. I think it is an unfair tax.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Keep taxes on business low, and put pressure on federal government to do the same. Fight for less federal ownership and regulation on our states resources.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Give them the easiest tax burden possible. Review and revise potentially adverse regulations.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

It seems like the state is already business friendly. I'm sure there are things the state can do to revise regulation to make it smarter and more efficient, but I fear if we collectively give an inch, industry may take a mile.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

There are a lot of things the state can do to make business run better. One of the biggest challenges for start ups in the state is lack of access to capitol. There should be programs (grants, equity match, low interest debt, etc.)that help during each stage of a companies growth (start up, seed round and venture rounds). Additionally, the state can give incentives for businesses in growing industries to relocate or grow in Utah. Its been a few years since I was a tax accountant, but even within the past 10 years Utah had tax incentives for steel manufacturing and agriculture but nothing for technology or green energy. The state should spend some time updating the tax laws.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: Jason Bingham

Simplify and reduce the burden of reporting and legal compliance especially for small business and tax/personnel. Make it easier for the entreprenuer.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

It is a burden to report the unemployment tax, the sales tax, the payroll tax, and the income tax. When all someone wants to do is make a living and start a business, that person needs to have a degree in what, how, when, and where to do one's taxes. It shouldn't be that complicated. I have a doctor's degree, but yet I'm still not smart enough to pay my taxes. There's something wrong with that. I don't want my state to do more; I want it do do less.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: Chris Jolley

Reduce the burden of administrative reporting and legal compliance regulations, especially for startup companies, and especially for personnel requirements.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: Quince Hansen

Abolish GOED!

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: Rob Alexander

Excessive and expensive regulations tend to make companies rethink setting up or expanding current businesses in an unfriendly climate. in our state (ca) manufacturing is becoming a lost art, many of our neighboring states have offered major incentives and tax breaks to relocate, WAKE UP SACRAMENTO!

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: Gilbert Hernandez

Utah's corporate welfare system may have helped it weather the impact of economic downturn better than many states.........
however, over the long term Utah's corporate welfare system comes at the expense of the environment and regular working people (most of the population).
The rules need to be changed, corporate welfare reduced. The excepting being businesses that are good for the environment, like green energy.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: steve wyatt

Business already has all the breaks in Utah, just look at the main business in Utah that runs the Government and the Governor who has to ask permission to pass laws. Get out of the Liquor business and let private business run liquor stores.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Let a private organization manage liquor sales. Any other place can sell liquor and make more money than a blackjack table for the blind. Clearly, the state of Utah is incapable of doing it. Let it go.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Governor Herbert, were you elected to to govern by polls (which are notoriously inaccurate) or by internet polls (which are even less accurate)? Or were you elected based on who you are and what you believe? If the latter, then make up your own mind and govern.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Lose the holier-than-thou nanny state mentality.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Government should not be involved in Health Care. This is too costly to small buainess.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Lower taxes and get out of our way. Stop telling us what we can and can not do. Let the market decide not the goverment.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: KA Anderson

Guest worker pass will harm state's business environment.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

The Gov. can help by fighting the new health care laws.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

losen tobacco and alcohol regulation.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

Specifically getting the Federal Government, i.e. BLM, out of our land control.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: Bill Johnson

Utah can take money away from the unemployed but give money to big business to operate in Utah. What BS.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: Kenneth Gates

Over all, I think the state needs to change some of its unemployment regulation in order to really bolster the businesses already present in Utah. It may not be the startup of new businesses that will employ the population, but rather allowing business to act more freely.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

It is too hard to get new businesses started. Financing is difficult. In Oregon, the state invests (along side individual investors) to increase the funds available and to create jobs. It seems to work well.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

If there was more access to investment capital for start-ups, it would help bolster the economy and help further Utah's goal of being a business-friendly state

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: validated user

I think it is too difficult to start a new business, in Oregon the state matches to make investments (along with investors), this provides significant funds to assist businesses and provides jobs. I expect the ROI is very good.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: Rodney Watson

There needs to be a tax credit for investment in a well-vetted, legitimate startup company, perhaps those going through accredited accelerator programs. What a boon to the state -- give mentoring to startup entrepreneurs an assure good filtering of ideas and more success. Also, eliminate the state's 7% tax on all capital gains emanating from investment in startup companies. These two ideas would stimulate proper activity.

Submitted: over 8 years ago by: John Richards