State of Utah Archives: on Jobs

Allen Glines: Find best course to raise minimum wage to $15

Source: 2021 Utah Senate campaign website Jul 21, 2021

Austin Searle: Funding business start-ups creates jobs, economic growth

The goal of all job creation strategies is to stimulate healthy economic growth. Increasing employee earnings leads to a higher consumer spending rate, which benefits other businesses who depend on consumer sales to stay open and pay vendors. Funding local areas to those who want to start their own business will be able to put money directly into our hands, create more jobs, build trust, economic growth, and maintain hope and satisfaction.
Source: 2021-2022 Utah Senate race website Jun 27, 2021

Austin Searle: Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour

We need to increase the minimum wage for all. Right now, the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, and it has not increased since 2008. I propose that we raise the minimum to $15 an hour; this will help all survive and live on a minimum wage, which will be one of the first policies I will fight for serving as your Senator.
Source: 2021-2022 Utah Senate race website Jun 27, 2021

Spencer Cox: Funding for job training, not everyone needs a degree

I have proposed significant increases in job training, up-skilling and more money for our trade and technical educational institutions. We must overcome once and for all this terrible idea that every child needs a bachelor's degree to be successful. It's bad for our kids and it's bad for our economy. Helping our children--and adults--find the pathway that is right for them will strengthen families and our economy.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Utah legislature Jan 21, 2021

Mike Pence: Government mandates on energy kill jobs

HARRIS: Joe understands that the west coast is burning. Joe has seen and talked with the farmers in Iowa whose entire crops have been destroyed because of floods. Joe is about saying we're going to invest that in renewable energy, which is going to be about the creation of millions of jobs. We will achieve net zero emissions by 2050, carbon neutral by 2035. We will also reenter the Climate Agreement with pride.

PENCE: You just heard the Senator say that she's going to resubmit America to the Paris climate accord. Look, the American people have always cherished our environment and will continue to cherish it. We've made great progress reducing CO2 emissions through American innovation and the development of natural gas through fracking. We don't need a massive $2 trillion Green New Deal that would impose new mandates on businesses. Joe Biden wants us to retrofit four million business buildings.

Source: 2020 Vice-Presidential Debate in Utah Oct 7, 2020

Rebecca Holcombe: Better ways to increase wages that setting minimum wage

She appeared less interested in raising the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour, another priority of legislative Democrats. Asked several times whether she supported doing so, Holcombe finally answered, "Yes, yes, and there are also other ways to increase wages in addition to that that we ought to be looking at." She said those included investing in job training.
Source: Seven Days e-zine on 2020 Utah Gubernatorial race Jul 16, 2019

Craig Bowden: Free market instead of affirmative action

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Legally require hiring more women/minorities"?

A: Free market solutions work best for this avenue. Not mandates.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Utah Senate candidate Feb 28, 2018

Misty Snow: Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour

Snow is a progressive and self-described Sanders-style Democrat. She plans to work on behalf of those who are marginalized and supports and intends to focus on such issues as:
Source: Wikipedia article on 2016 Utah Senate race Aug 31, 2016

Mike Weinholtz: Raise the minimum wage to fight against poverty

I ran my business with the motto of putting people first, even before profits. This idea helped turn my company, CHG Healthcare, into one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" in the nation. I will bring that same attitude to the state when recruiting and growing businesses in the state; this will mean having the political courage to stand up for everyday Utahns and against special interests for quality jobs.
Source: 2016 Utah gubernatorial campaign website Jun 17, 2016

Vaughn Cook: Raise Utah's minimum wage

Cook's platform calls for raising Utah's minimum wage, with potential exemptions for smaller and startup companies; tougher pollution-control mandates to improve air quality; expansion of Medicaid programs covering the poor; and greater transparency with an end to closed-door caucuses on Utah's Capitol Hill.

"We suffer from the supermajority of one party," Cook said. "It's just not healthy for us to have a government system so controlled by so few people."

Source: Salt Lake Tribune on 2016 Utah Gubernatorial race Mar 1, 2016

Gary Herbert: Remove oppressive nonsensical regulation & spur job creation

While I am optimistic about Utah's future, I realize that 71,000 Utahns still seek employment. And I will continue to work tirelessly with you in the legislature to empower the private sector to create job opportunities for every Utahn.

Sometimes promoting economic development means removing or simplifying overly oppressive or nonsensical regulation that also presents obstacles to job creation. Last year I told you about the results of our state regulatory reform effort. This year I am pleased to announce that I am partnering with the mayors of Provo, Ogden, Cedar City, and South Jordan on a pilot project to engage in regulatory reform at the local level that I hope could be a model for every city and county. These efforts exemplify the best kind of economic recovery, with government removing the obstacles to innovation and free market growth, creating real opportunity for all Utahns.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Utah Legislature Jan 30, 2013

Jon Huntsman: Utah job growth at 5%; unemployment under 3%

Source: Utah 2007 State of the State address Jan 16, 2007

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2020 Presidential contenders on Jobs:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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