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Wednesday, June 27, 2007 Utah Economy, Health Insurance, Organizational Performance   Volume 3 Issue 6  
Utah Economy
Health Insurance Exchange: What does it mean for Utah?
Yogi Berra on Improving Organizational Performance
Why They Inspire
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Nonprofits, Utah Energy, Utah's Uninsured
May 29, 2007
Tax Reform, Ethics, Water Shortage
April 25, 2007
Utah Economy, Healthcare, Nonprofits, Immunization, Western Primary
March 28, 2007
Utah Economy, Western Primary
February 28, 2007
Growth, Charter Schools, Minimum Wage, New Legislation
January 17, 2007

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Utah Economy
Part 3: Educational Attainment, Productivity and Wages
by Janice Houston, CPPA Sr. Policy Analyst

Economists and business leaders often cite workers’ education levels and productivity as the key elements to sustaining economic growth. The advent of the personal computer and subsequent innovations, such as the Internet, has been credited for increasing American workers’ productivity to levels not seen before in history. In this article, the third part in a series on Utah’s economy, we will examine the correlations between educational attainment, productivity, and earnings as well as how Utah has fared relative to other states.
Health Insurance Exchange: What does it mean for Utah?
by Cathy Chambless, Ph.D., M.P.A.

The concept of a health insurance exchange has been receiving attention from policymakers as a solution to help individuals access and afford health insurance. A health insurance exchange attempts to increase individual responsibility for health coverage and maintains existing employer-based access to health insurance. This approach is based on a private insurance model and thus is a market-based approach (Moffit, 2006). A health insurance exchange policy proposes to address the problems of the uninsured in the individual and small group market by addressing portability and the inequities of the tax code that provides tax breaks to certain employees for payment of health insurance premiums.
Yogi Berra on Improving Organizational Performance
by W. David Patton, Director of CPPA

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else.” Yogi Berra sort of had the right idea that an organization without a clear idea of where it is going or how it is doing will certainly find itself somewhere it doesn’t want to be. The demands for organizational efficiency are as strong for public agencies and nonprofit organizations as they are for profit-making firms. Tax limitations, legislative oversight and the demands of essential public services have put pressure on public agencies to perform more efficiently and effectively. Similarly, charitable contributions are limited, and possibly declining, causing nonprofit organizations to find ways of doing more with less. One of the ways organizations are improving performance and productivity is by implementing performance measurement systems that help them track how well they are doing the things they are supposed to do.
Why They Inspire
by Ken Embley, Dir. Outreach Services, CPPA

Why They Inspire,” the USA TODAY May 29, 2007 cover story, got me thinking— “They” are each of us regular folk when we are in the service of others and in pursuit of a valued vision of success.

The story by Wendy Koch begins “They changed us. They inspired us to do better, be braver. They make us think. They give us hope.”


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