LOCAL NEWS

Gov. Cox praises Utah, urges it to ‘stay weird’ in State of The State Address

Jan 18, 2024, 7:07 PM | Updated: Jan 19, 2024, 5:58 am

a man speaking in a suit, bald and smiling...

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox delivers the 2024 State of The State address at the Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. (KSL TV)

(KSL TV)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said his goal is to make Utah the best state to live in the United States and said a lack of affordable housing is the biggest problem the state faces. He praised the state for a list of accomplishments, discussed some controversy and urged it to “stay weird.”

“We’re different. We’re weird. The good kind of weird,” Cox said.

Cox spoke repeatedly about zero-sum thinking that he said delivers people either—or choices that he said Utah rejects.

“This scarcity mentality also leads to false choices. You either care about the Great Salt Lake or you drive a John Deere tractor. If you want lower taxes, then you must hate public schools. If you have concerns with a federal regulation, then you definitely want to start drilling for oil under Delicate Arch,” he said.

He said Utahns “far more than people in any other state, reject zero-sum thinking. Utah still believes in the win-win,” Cox said.

He touted the state’s efforts to conserve water and the money spent to save the Great Salt Lake. He also spoke about the efforts lawmakers made to protect youth from social media and said it was a bipartisan accomplishment and that Utah was saluted nationally, even by President Joe Biden.

He also pointed to issues that were politically divisive including the ban on transgender surgeries and puberty blockers for minors.

“I know there are people impacted who are angry and upset with me and with many of you gathered in this room. I want to thank Sen. Kennedy for helping navigate the debate with compassion,” Cox said.

He said almost every media outlet in the country wrote about the controversial bill but declined to write about the bill banning conversion therapy.

His biggest laugh may have been when he singled out lawmakers he said he loves, by name, despite political differences or when he said, “I would love to build a wall around our state — and get California to pay for it — but that is not going to happen.”

He closed with “Stay weird Utah, and may God bless each of you and may God bless the great state of Utah.”

The full text of the address is below and the full video follows:

Utah State of State 2024 by LarryDCurtis on Scribd

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

President Stuart Adams speaks at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The Senate on Thu...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Clergy protections for child abuse reporting approved by Utah Legislature

The Utah Senate on Thursday approved HB432, which provides legal protection to clergy members who voluntarily report ongoing child abuse or neglect from confessions.

47 minutes ago

The defense and procuration meeting in Provo’s Fourth Judicial District Court with Judge Kraig Po...

Garna Mejia and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Trial for man charged with killing Provo officer set to resume after failed motion to dismiss

A judge has denied a last-minute motion to dismiss the case against the man accused of killing Provo police officer Joseph Shinners.

1 hour ago

Cache County deputies say a 51-year-old man died while snowmobiling in Scare Canyon. (Brian Champag...

Josh Ellis

Weber County man dies after experiencing health issue while snowmobiling

A 51-year-old man died while riding a snowmobile in Cache County Thursday afternoon.

3 hours ago

Matt Gephardt being shown the double payments that Terry Hutchings has been getting....

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage, KSL TV

Get Gephardt helps homeowner being charged two bills for one security system

Billing for a previous home initially stopped when she sold it, but when she got a new security system from the same provider for her new place a year later it started billing for both.

11 hours ago

The Utah State Hospital sign in Provo, Utah....

Daniel Woodruff

A developer has big plans for the Utah State Hospital property

The latest effort to move the Utah State Hospital for a new development plan has failed this legislative session.

11 hours ago

Utah County residents vote in-person during the 2020 General Election on Nov. 3, 2020. (KSL-TV)...

Daniel Woodruff

Utah Senate rejects effort to end ranked choice voting early

Utah’s experiment with ranked choice voting will continue after a bill that would have ended the pilot program two years early failed to pass.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Gov. Cox praises Utah, urges it to ‘stay weird’ in State of The State Address