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Letter: Actually, the reason for the housing problem in Utah is clear, Sen. Adams

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton talks at the Utah Republican Party's Central Committee meeting, Sept. 18, 2021 at Layton High School.

One of the more common topics in the news lately is the lack of available housing in Utah.

The other day I read a comment by Utah Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, about the complexity of the housing problem, where he was quoted saying, “The reason we have so many different answers is because it is such a difficult and complex issue, and there doesn’t seem to be one obvious solution. If there were, we probably would have done it a long time ago.”

That is so funny. Because for years our state legislators have been so involved in doing whatever they could to encourage/entice new businesses to locate in our desert state.

Yes, they have succeeded in creating the best economy in the nation. But because so many new businesses have located here, even our developers have not been able to keep up with the housing needs.

It was very obvious a long time ago that the rate of business growth would eventually cause the problems we are now experiencing, not just in housing.

A long time ago there was a simple solution, given the high natural population growth of Utah. The simple solution would have been to allow businesses to grow more naturally, to stop giving financial incentives to so many new businesses to come into our state.

It is not ironic that Sen. Adams is a member of a real estate and construction firm. I could say a lot more about this issue, but this is enough for now.

Fred Ash, Sandy

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