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FATO was held on April 12th 2009, Easter Sunday.  While many people were enjoying the last day of skiing at the Canyons or our at Easter Brunch with family, several of the Tollgate residents were out speeding down a bobsled run and enjoying some hot dogs and jello shots at Kevin’s ICE bar.  Attached is a picture of the FATO cake that was donated by a FATO member of the Olympic committee. 

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Hi all of you lovely PC Xpress readers.  I am home and back to work and planning on working on blogs tonight.  Let me know if anyone out there wants to share vacation stories.  Dave and I were in southern Utah and Sedona Arizona this past week and a half–GOOD TIMES!  Stay tuned for more information.dsc03470

So far the total for the aero garden AG 2.5  Kim 3.5

1 healthy basil plant

2 healthy cilantro plant

3 questionable oregano plant

Chive –dead

Mint–dead

Tyme–dead

did I mention the questional oregano. 

I am just not great with plants.dsc03303

dsc03192Dave and I liked this band.  We checked them out at Grand Targee a few weeks ago.  There was a ton going on there.  Band, feet of fresh snow, and a huck fest.  The drummer in this band is also a really good skier.   I believe he is in ski movies and is sponsored.  We were speculating that he was in the Huck Fest that day and played in the band all night.  I did notice that he drove several Cadilacs that night–margaritas that is.  How do you like my rock n roll lifestyle?

 Check out this article as seen on UtahBusiness.Com…….

Utah Ranked No. 1 for Expected Economic Recovery

 

by PR or News Wire

20 March 2009—

In the midst of economic turmoil, federal bailouts, and budget deficits in more than 40 states, a new report from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) offers a roadmap to recovery based on economic performance trends from states over the last 10 years. The second edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index shows how the federal bailout of the states may simply encourage out-of-control spending by states, which is up 124 percent over the last 10 years, without requiring them to make the tough decisions needed to bring about financial stability.

“Too many states were too eager to add programs and increase spending during the good times, but we now face very difficult choices,” said Indiana Senator Jim Buck, chairman of ALEC’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. “While we need to make tough choices to live within our means, we also need to remain focused on policies that foster economic development and job growth as the best solution to our budget woes.”

Co-author and renowned economist Dr. Arthur B. Laffer summarized the report’s finding when he said, “States cannot tax their way into prosperity.” Rich States, Poor States presents rankings of the 50 states based on the relationship between policies and performance, revealing which states are best positioned to make a recovery, and which are not.

Laffer and his co-authors, Stephen Moore, senior economics writer at The Wall Street Journal, and Jonathan Williams, director of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force for ALEC, analyze how economic competitiveness drives income, population and job growth in the states. They found that, “states with a high and rising tax burden are more likely to suffer through economic decline, while those with lower and falling tax burdens are more likely to enjoy robust economic growth.”

According to Williams, “The top performing states keep taxes, spending, and regulatory burdens low, while the biggest losers in the book tend to share similar policies of high tax rates, unsustainable spending and regulation.”

“New York earns the dubious distinction of having the worst economic outlook of any state,” according to the report. “The New York governor just might have broken the record for the number of bad ideas he put forward during a recent 17-minute budget address—most notably his 137 proposed tax increases come to mind.”

“As legislators, we know that we are in direct competition with other states for human and investment capital,” said Utah Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman, Senator Wayne Niederhauser. “Rich States, Poor States has provided invaluable information to strengthen our efforts to reduce tax burdens in Utah and we are happy to again be ranked as the most competitive state in the nation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP FIVE STATES

 

 

 

 

 

BOTTOM FIVE STATES

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Utah

 

 

 

 

 

46. New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

47. Maine

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

48. Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

49. Vermont

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. South Dakota

 

 

 

 

 

50. New York

Rich States, Poor States shows that “The decline of California is probably the best evidence that we can present as to the impact of poor state policy making on the economic pulse of a state.” In chapter two, the report contrasts the fiscal policy structures of California and Texas to “demonstrate how economic theory actually works in the real world.”

“California continues to increase regulations, raise taxes and spend profligately,” state the authors. “Texas, on the other hand, has a pro-growth economic environment with a competitive tax system, sound regulations and spending discipline that will help Texas maintain its superior performance well into the future.”

 

 


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