Many supporters of Gov. Gary Herbert use a famous adage to justify their voting choice: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. They refer to Utah economic indicators that have remained strong through the national economic downturn.
However, these positive data points are lagging indicators. At best, they measure the impact of the decisions of past administrations. Predictive indicators, on the other hand, better indicate the current administration's efforts to take a long-term approach to policymaking.
Utah's most important predictive indicator is the state of our education system. The quality of Utah's graduates determines the quality of our future workforce.