More Quest for Community

Robert Nisbet, author of the 1953 book The Quest for Community, defined alienation as “the state of mind that can find a social order remote, incomprehensible, or fraudulent; beyond real hope or desire; inviting apathy, boredom, or even hostility.” While Nisbet correctly believed the problem was concentrated in young Americans in their twenties,...
Tags: alienation, disconnected, Robert Nisbet, The Quest for Community, youth,

Utah Legislature Leaves Thousands of Workers without Workplace Protections

Workers at companies with less than 15 employees still have no legal recourse for biases against their gender, race, sex, religion, pregnancy or other protected classes. A bill that would have extended protections to workplaces with more than five employees failed to advance in the Legislature. As of September, 2017, 271,794 Utah workers — about 18...

Addiction is not a Moral Failure

Latent or explicit, the view of addiction as a moral failure is doing real damage. The stigma against addiction is “the single biggest reason America is failing in its response to the opioid epidemic,” Vox’s German Lopez concluded after a year of reporting on the crisis. To overcome this stigma, we need to first understand it. Why is it so easy to see...
Tags: Drug addiction, medication-assisted treatments, needle exchange programs, stigma,

Utah Omnibus Research, 2017

Next Generation Freedom Fund teamed with Heart & Mind Strategies to survey Utahns about their understanding of poverty in Utah, especially intergenerational poverty. Findings reveal that Utahns generally are aware of intergenerational poverty and can explain its definition or meaning. Also, the survey reveals many other opinions and attitudes...
Tags: Heart & Mind Strategies, intergenerational poverty, opinions and attitudes on poverty in Utah, Utah survey on poverty,

2017 Family Prosperity Index

The 2017 Family Prosperity Index (FPI) shows Utah maintaining it’s status as the #1 state in the U.S. for family well-being, earning top scores for its young population, low dependence on government, and strong family culture....
Tags: demographics, economics, family culture, family health, family prosperity index, family self-sufficiency, family structure, J. Scott Moody, middle class, prosperity, Wendy P. Warcholik,

Utah Receives High Marks for Evidence-based Policies

Utah’s state government is the second-best in the nation for using “evidence-based policy making,” or basically focusing its limited resources on programs that are proven to produce positive results. That is according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the MacArthur Foundation....
Tags: best practices, evidence-based policy making, MacArthur Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, state government,

The American Dream is Alive in Utah

There is still one part of the country where the poor can become successful: Salt Lake City. If you’re in the bottom 20 percent of incomes and living in Charlotte, North Carolina, you only have a 4 percent chance of making it into the top 20 percent. But in Salt Lake City, poor people have a 10.8 percent chance of being rich. That’s very close to Denmark, where...
Tags: Bloomberg, economic opportunity, Megan McArdle, poverty, Salt Lake City, self-reliance,

Failure: The City of Draper, Utah

After more than three hours of listening to over 700 Draper residents protest his proposal to volunteer two Draper sites for a new homeless resource center, Mayor Troy Walker rescinded his offer late Wednesday....
Tags: Draper, homeless shelter, Mayor Ben McAdams, Mayor Troy Walker, Utah, women and children,

Not Native Enough

About 27 percent of Utah’s American Indian students are chronically absent from school — higher than any other racial group in Utah and higher than the national average of 21 percent for American Indians. Tracking chronic absenteeism — missing 15 or more school days in a year — is perhaps more crucial than looking at graduation rates. But under...
Tags: chronic absenteeism, Title VI federal funding, Utah public schools, Utah’s American Indian students,

Utah is the Happiest State in the Nation

WalletHub’s analysts considered income, physical health, personal purpose, and social connectivity to determine which states are home to the happiest Americans. In order to do so, it compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key metrics, ranging from emotional health to income levels to sports participation rates....
Tags: happiness, social well being, WalletHub,

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