Cox discusses Utah’s growth challenges on For the People

Lt Governor Spencer Cox

LOGAN — Lieutenant Governor Spencer  J. Cox was in Logan on Wednesday addressing the State of Start-Ups and Tech in rural Utah. Of course, some time ago Cox announced his candidacy for Governor after current governor Gary Herbert announced he would not seek a third full term in 2020. Cox’s campaign has literally taken him across the state a couple of times as he kicked it off with a city by city tour. On KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday, he acknowledged it’s required some time behind the wheel.

“A little bit of driving, yeah. It’s actually been incredible. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. Out of 248 (towns) we’ve been to 159. So, I’m not great at math but I think we have about 89 left. We’ve got a couple dozen more towards the end of this week that we’ll be doing,” Cox said.

He said it’s amazing to go where the people are, places where candidates for governor have never been before. Cox said things are going good in Utah with the economy and growth but there are challenges.

“We are the fastest growing state in the nation over the past 10 years,” Cox continued. “We’re always number one or two for birthrate and we’re now top 10 for in-migration, people are moving here.

“That brings a set of challenges: housing is one, air quality is another one, transportation, making sure people can get from one place to another and then educating our kids. Those are all infrastructure-based investments that we have to make.”

Cox said it’s great that people want to come to the state but he said it’s important not to lower the quality of life. He said you can grow the right way or the wrong way and it’s going to take state and local leaders working together to manage it successfully.

AUDIO: Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox on For the People

 

 

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