Governor talks politics, education with USU students

“Our big, hairy goal we’ve got here in Utah right now is by the year 2020, two-thirds of our adult population ages 21 to 64 will have a post-high school degree or certification,” Utah Governor Gary Herbert told USU students Wednesday. In an event put on by Utah State University College Republicans, Herbert visited USU’s campus and addressed students about why Utah is business friendly, what the government is doing for higher education and who he’d like to see get the Republican bid for presidency. Forbes magazine named Utah as the best place in America for businesses for the second year in the row. Herbert said this is because lower tax rates and fewer regulations make Utah more business friendly. “Regulations are not necessarily inherently evil, but we believe, as Americans, in a free market system: capitalism. Sometimes we don’t even dare say the word in Washington D.C., but free markets are profit making, and a free market system called capitalism made America the envy of the world, the most successful country ever in history,” Herbert said.Utah has a good labor quality, which attracts businesses. There are also a high percentage of bilingual laborers in Utah, which is important when facing an increasingly global mark.When asked by a student what the state government is doing for higher education, he replied “not probably near enough.” He said that when facing the recession, higher education budgets took cuts. The newest budget proposal on the table has no more cuts for higher education. Herbert also discussed the upcoming presidential election. While mentioning ties and friendships with most Republican candidates, he said he supports Mitt Romney – “the turnaround expert” – in the primaries. Herbert said Romney’s knowledge and experience could be useful in shrinking the national debt, which Herbert called a “bipartisan screw up.”Herbert will give his State of the State address next Wednesday. – rachel@cvdaily.com

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