Policy Perspectives

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Water Rights, Mountain Megas, Western Climate Initiative   Volume 4 Issue 12  
Happy Holidays from CPPA
Water Fights and Water Rights
Mountain Megas
The Western Climate Initiative:
My Crossing Guard
Innovators in Governance Honored
About Policy Perspectives...
Ethics, Generations in the Workplace, Elections
November 19, 2008
Government Employment, Health System Reform, Presidential Elections
October 29, 2008
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

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Happy Holidays from CPPA

As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have made our success possible. It is in this spirit we say ... thank you and best wishes for a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.

Water Fights and Water Rights
by Tricia Jack, Research Associate, CPPA

As Nevada began to experience growth in the Las Vegas area in the late 1980s, it needed more water. After a failed attempt at getting the five other states that share resources in the Colorado River to reapportion their rights, Nevada filed for water rights in Snake Valley, a resource that Utah farmers have used for many years. Since Utah was using water in Snake Valley first, Utah does not have to give up rights to the water they currently use. This means Nevada can’t take the water without Utah’s permission. Negotiations are currently taking place between Utah and Nevada which aim to appease both states.
Mountain Megas
A Report by the Brookings Institution

Notwithstanding the current slow down, states in the southern Intermountain West – Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah – are experiencing some of the fastest population growth and economic and demographic transition in the country and will likely experience this growth again. These changes have brought benefits but they also are creating a series of complex challenges.
The Western Climate Initiative:
Cap-and-Trade Lived Large
by Janice Houston, Senior Policy Analyst, CPPA

In May 2007, Governors Huntsman and Schwarzenegger jointly announced Utah’s inclusion in the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), a partnership of (now) seven western US states and four Canadian provinces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region by focusing on a market-based cap-and-trade system. The design of the WCI cap-and-trade program is still in progress; however, since this program has the potential to impact the residents, businesses, and governmental entities within the region, this article will outline how a cap-and-trade program works.
My Crossing Guard
Remember to Stop, Look and Listen
by Ken Embley, CPPA

The doom and gloom of economic news is a real downer. People are worried about the future, their family, job and by all indications, they should be. A Deseret News article written by Bob Bernick Jr. and Lisa Riley leads with…
Get ready for some bad economic times for Utah state government, with layoffs of state workers and a reduction of programs for Human Services recipients and other “critical” areas potentially considered…
Oh, and by the way, I do wish you and yours a happy holiday season.

Innovators in Governance Honored
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: Innovators in Governance Honored
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