Spencer Cox in 2022 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Energy & Oil: Help Utah lead in sustainable energy development

I encourage you to vote for legislation to help Utah become the nation's leader in sustainable energy development. We can no longer be reliant on foreign countries--some of whom actively seek to do us harm--to be the primary suppliers of our country's clean energy future. Twenty-eight of the world's 35 most critical minerals can be found right here in our state. We can show the country and the world how to responsibly harness the power of our precious natural resources.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Utah legislature Jan 20, 2022

On Government Reform: Voting security must never be about making it harder to vote

Some have found that unsubstantiated claims and flat-out lies are an effective way to destabilize our constitutional republic and make it harder for their opponents to participate and vote. Voting security must never be about making it harder for legal voters to vote. As a conservative, I believe that we should always work to make constitutional rights more accessible, not less. We can have safe and secure elections without making it harder to exercise our constitutional right to vote.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Utah legislature Jan 20, 2022

On Immigration: Welcome new residents, but don't try to change us

To Utah's newest residents--and as the fastest-growing state in America there are many of you -- welcome to our beautiful state. But if I may make one small request: Please don't attempt to change us into the place you just left. Utah has maintained a high quality of life and abundant opportunity for our residents through practical, common sense governance and it is absolutely critical that all of us do everything in our power to keep it that way.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Utah legislature Jan 20, 2022

On Principles & Values: If America is world's last great hope, Utah is America's

I sometimes worry that we waste too much valuable time on things that tear us apart. You may have noticed last year that I have very little interest in fighting the so-called culture wars. Every good and worthy cause--taken to an extreme (and if there's one thing we are good at, it's taking everything to extremes)--can become toxic and destructive. It used to be said that all politics is local. I no longer believe that to be true. Today all politics is national. And that is bad. Very bad.

The good people of our state--and our country--are in desperate search for leadership. A desperate search for hope. In past generations as Americans, we dreamed big. Now, I'm afraid that our eyes are consistently in the gutter. But not in Utah. Not yet anyway. In Utah, we still look up. I firmly believe in my heart that if America is the last great hope of the world, then Utah is the last great hope of America.

Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Utah legislature Jan 20, 2022

On Tax Reform: $160 million grocery tax credit will help fight inflation

Last year we delivered nearly $100 million in tax cuts for Utah seniors, military veterans and families. Tonight, I am proposing an additional $160 million grocery tax credit for Utah families who are suffering the devastating impacts of inflation.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Utah legislature Jan 20, 2022

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