Gov. Cox shares Christmas wish list in virtual town hall

Dec 13, 2023, 9:01 AM

Governor Spencer Cox, (R-UT) held a virtual town hall Tuesday night, discussing budget issues inclu...

Governor Spencer Cox, (R-UT) held a virtual town hall Tuesday night, discussing budget issues including affordable housing, high speed rail, enterprenership. Photo courtesy of KSL News


SALT LAKE CITY —  Gov. Spencer Cox says his Christmas wish list for Utah includes more affordable housing, one more winter with record snowfall, high-speed rail service connecting Salt Lake City with Boise and Las Vegas, and for everyone to disagree more civilly.

Cox held a virtual town hall on Facebook, X, LinkedIn, and YouTube Tuesday night. Questions were submitted by social media users. They were answered during the roughly 40-minute question-and-answer session.

The need for more starter homes

Cox talked about the $30 million earmarked in his budget proposal for deeply affordable housing.

“We have a housing crisis, not just in Utah but across the country,” said Cox. We’ve been working on deeply affordable housing for several years. The legislature has supported increased funding over the past two years.”

Gov. Cox said “deeply affordable housing” includes housing for households whose incomes are below 30% of the average median income or AMI. In Utah, a four-person household with an income less than $31,000 a year, or $1500 a month, would qualify.

“Sadly right now, there are only about three available units for every 100 households below that income threshold. The good news is many of those below 30% AMI are in households already, but we still need more,” according to Cox.

Cox Wish list: More snow please!

In response to a question about snowfall, the governor said he hopes the state sees another winter like we saw last season.

“I hope it will be another crazy winter like last year, where we literally had record snowfall, the most snow ever recorded in the history of our state. We were lucky not to have more flooding, there was some localized flooding, but overall we came out unscathed,” recalled Cox.

Cox said it is early in the season, however, as of mid-December, northern Utah saw positive progress with above-average snowfall. Southern Utah hasn’t seen much snow so far.  We were in a dry spell at this time last year, ahead of the Beehive State winter wonderland of 2023.

‘We can disagree better’

Other issues discussed Tuesday night included entrepreneurship and the need to encourage start-ups. Earlier this year, Cox appointed Ryan Starks as the new executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. He also named respected businessman Brad Bonham as the department’s first entrepreneur-in-residence, in hopes of building up the state’s reputation as the start-up state.

Gov. Cox has been very outspoken about his own hot-button issue as chairman of the National Governor’s Association, disagreeing better. Tuesday night, he reiterated his push for civility among us all, without compromising our core beliefs.

On the issue of immigration and the crisis at the southern border, Cox said he and fellow governors have formed a working group to come up with common sense solutions to securing our borders.

Related: Gov. Cox releases budget plan to improve homelessness resources in Utah

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Politics + Government

A Utah Judge ruled that the Utah Attorney General’s Office must release his schedule in response ...

Daniella Rivera and Annie Knox

Judge sides with KSL, orders release of Utah attorney general’s calendar

The victory for the news organization is the culmination of a public records fight that dragged on for more than a year.

14 hours ago

Pro-Palestine rally
Caption:	Supporters of the campaign to vote "Uncommitted" hold a rally in suppo...

Gregory Krieg and Eric Bradner, CNN

What to watch for in the Michigan presidential primaries

The Michigan primary takes place on Tuesday Feb. 27, 2024. President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump are expected to win.

21 hours ago

FILE: Sen. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, and Rep. Jordan Teuscher, R-South Jordan, speak about their...

Aimee Cobabe

Bill allowing parents to sue social media companies moves closer to becoming law

HB464 gives Utah parents the power to sue a social media company if their child develops mental health issues after using the apps

1 day ago

FILE: An Angel bike given to the family of Eli Mitchell in April, 2023. Mitchell was hit and killed...

Britt Johnson

Families of drunk driving victims fight possible new Utah liquor license legislation

The bill sponsored by Rep. Jefferson Burton would increase the number of liquor licenses issued by the state of Utah.

2 days ago

Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Logan, was transported in an ambulance after an apparent medical issue in the H...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko

Utah representative transported in ambulance after apparent medical issue on House floor

Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Logan, was seated at his desk shortly after lawmakers convened for an afternoon session at 2 p.m. when the incident occurred.

2 days ago

utah lake shown, a bill tackling a failed lake project has advanced...

Adam Small

A bill to undo law regarding controversial, failed Utah Lake project advances to the full House

The law that would be repealed through this bill is the same law that created the Utah Lake Restoration Act.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Gov. Cox shares Christmas wish list in virtual town hall