Policy Perspectives

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Utah Economy, Healthcare, Nonprofits, Immunization, Western Primary   Volume 3 Issue 3  
Utah Economy
Health Care Transparency Initiative
New Insights into Utah’s Charitable Nonprofits’ Employee Compensation Packages
Immunizations in Utah
Western Presidential Primary Update
CPPA Wants Your Ideas
Improving Service Quality
ASPA Luncheon - April 6
About Policy Perspectives...
Utah Economy, Western Primary
February 28, 2007
Growth, Charter Schools, Minimum Wage, New Legislation
January 17, 2007
State Spending, Healthcare, Ethics
December 21, 2006
Transportation, Water, Energy
November 29, 2006
CPPA Events
October 11, 2006
August 30, 2006
Sports Economy
July 26, 2006
June 30, 2006
Health Care  
May 8, 2006
Taxes / Revenue Forecast  
March 29, 2006

Utah Economy
Part 2: Exports
by Janice Houston, CPPA Senior Policy Analyst

Utah’s exports were worth $6 billion to the state's economy in 2005. The exports represent a broad spectrum of our goods-producing companies, with extractive industries leading the sectors. This article is the second of a four-part series on Utah's economy its strengths, weaknesses, and how it compares to the national economy and those of its neighboring states.
Health Care Transparency Initiative
by Sara McCormick MPA and Cathy Chambless PhD, CPPA Research Associates

Are you concerned about America's health care system? If so, you'll be interested in the proposed Value-Driven Health Care Initiative, a new federal proposal to address the health care crisis in the U.S. The goal of the initiative is to create a health care system that is more transparent by collecting and publicly reporting information about the cost and quality of health care. The premise is that if consumers and other purchasers of health care can compare cost and quality of health care services, they will choose the best quality for the lowest price. The intended result will be a system that will respond with better quality for less money. Read more about the initiative in CPPA's policy brief Health Care Transparency Initiative.
New Insights into Utah’s Charitable Nonprofits’ Employee Compensation Packages
by Derrek Hanson and Nancy Basinger PhD

How much are employees earning at nonprofits in Utah? Recent surveys have found that employees in Utah's nonprofits are earning significantly less than the national average. The surveys have also found that benefits offered to employees in Utah nonprofits are shrinking. For example, in just the last three years, more than 10% of Utah nonprofits stopped providing several types of health insurance benefits to employees.
Immunizations in Utah
Executive Summary
by Tricia Jack, CPPA

Why is the immunization rate for children in Utah so low? What steps have been taken to address this? In a recent survey, Utah was ranked 47th in the nation for immunization rates of children under 2 years. This paper explores immunization policy in the State of Utah, suggests reasons for the low rate and discusses the efforts made to increase the rate.
Western Presidential Primary Update
by Jennifer Robinson, CPPA Research Associate

A National Primary Election Day? Several states have already moved their presidential primary to February 5, 2008, essentially creating a national presidential primary.
Improving Service Quality
by Ken Embley, CPPA

I truly believe most people have a positive service quality experience with government agencies. I know there are notable exceptions to damage the credibility of my statement; however, I believe it generally true. I also believe it generally true that government leaders value continuous improvement in service quality.

Now for the rub—my experience tells me that most leaders struggle with the concept of managing service and with strategies to improve service quality.
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