Policy Perspectives

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Government Employment, Health System Reform, Presidential Elections   Volume 4 Issue 10  
State and Local Governments Not Flourishing
Health System Reform Summit
This Time Around, the West is Different
House Bill 40
Performance Management: A Difficult Challenge
State Election Web Sites – Can I find it? Can I use it? Does it help?
Graduate Fair for Working Professionals
Videos of Elections in the West Panels
Videos of UIR Summit on Health Care System Reform
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Health System Reform, Hospital Transparency
September 24, 2008
HB40, Transparency in Government, Nonprofits & Elections
August 27, 2008
Medical Malpractice, Supported Employment, Nonprofits
July 30, 2008
E-governance, Prenatal Care in Utah
June 25, 2008
Governance, State Budget Reports
May 29, 2008

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State and Local Governments Not Flourishing
by CPPA Policy Team

Government is booming, wages are skyrocketing, and more and more people are on the government’s payroll. That’s what a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau might lead you to believe. But, that’s not exactly right. A new report by CPPA shows that there is a small increase in the number of employees working in state and local government in Utah (a 7.6% increase from 2002 to 2007). These 11,289 jobs represent just 6.4% of the total 177,500 jobs created in Utah over the five-year period. This was also at a time when Utah’s population increased by over 300,000 residents, a 13.2% increase.
Health System Reform Summit
by Cathy Chambless, Ph.D., Sara McCormick, MPA, CPPA

The Utah Intergovernmental Roundtable (UIR) Summit focused on Utah’s health system reform effort. As the keynote speaker, Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., listed several reasons that health system reform must be a top public policy priority. The reasons include: huge increases in the cost of health care premiums; employers dropping health care coverage due to costs; more people seeking care from emergency rooms; and nearly 300,000 people in Utah who are uninsured. The Governor stated that the main goal of reform must be to improve the overall health and health care of our citizens. It needs to be affordable, portable, driven by consumer choice, and transparent.
This Time Around, the West is Different
by Tricia Jack, MPA, CPPA Research Associate

The presidential race, especially in the Western states, is different this year. There are two main reasons for this: economic issues and the changing nature of the West. There is speculation that voters may look at the state of the economy and Iraq war and decide they are not sticking with the Republicans any more. Additionally, with suburban growth, the demographics of the West are changing. These factors appear to be eroding the traditional solid Western block of Republican strength; evidenced by the fact that the race in some Western states is much closer and more competitive than in the past.
House Bill 40
The Center for Public Policy & Administration was commissioned by Salt Lake County and the HB40 working group – a consortium of 10 volunteers, five representing cities within Salt Lake County and five representing the residents of the unincorporated areas – to conduct a survey of all property owners in the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County. The survey determined the citizens’ preferences about the form of local government that they desire.
To read the survey report, please follow this link: www.saltlakecountysurvey.org.

Performance Management: A Difficult Challenge
by Ken Embley, Outreach Director, CPPA

The business of managing a work unit’s collective effort and that of those involved is indeed a difficult challenge. At a recent performance management workshop I asked, “Why is the management of performance so difficult?” The answers to the question were plain and simple. “Performance management punishes anyone it touches.” Another shouted, “Because it destroys morale.” Still another said, “Because it is a year-end ritual that sucks the life out of a work unit.” Actually, some of the comments were a little more brutal, but that is another story.
State Election Web Sites – Can I find it? Can I use it? Does it help?
by W. David Patton, CPPA Director

David Patton, CPPA's director takes a look at new initiatives and ideas from around the nation and the world. This month's idea: State Election Websites.
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