Gov. Spencer Cox of Utah told Californians to “stay in California,” as his state has seen massive growth over the last ten years primarily from people fleeing the oppressive laws and taxes of California.
“This last census confirmed that Utah was the fastest-growing state over the past 10 years,” Cox said. “Our biggest problems are more growth-related. We would love for people to stay in California instead of coming as refugees to Utah.”
Cox added that his state “is not working to attract more people.” He said Utah is having problems with not enough housing and water shortages due to a historic drought in the western states.
According to the U.S. Census, Utah grew from 2,763,885 people in 2010 to 3,271,616 in 2020. That is an increase of 18.3% which is the highest in the nation.
California makes up the largest influx of people to Utah from across the country.
"We would love for people to stay in California instead of coming as refugees to Utah."
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) February 14, 2023
In 2018, 18,000 people came to Utah from California. 50,000 Californians went to other states like Arizona or Washington.
According to The Los Angeles Times:
“A majority of the state’s residents are affected by the West’s historic drought, and all of the state’s 29 counties have disaster designations by the United States Department of Agricultural, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
“And while Utah experienced a record home-building year in 2021, it still is short about 31,000 units, according to recent estimates.
“In October, Dejan Eskic, a senior research fellow at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, estimated that the median monthly payment for a home in Utah was as high as $2,600, pricing out about ¾ of the state’s residents.”
Gov. Spencer Cox of Utah said Friday that Californians should “stay in California,” in part because his state is beset by problems including housing and water shortages. https://t.co/bivfCjaEIJ
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 14, 2023
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox defends a bill he signed last month that bars transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming medical care, saying he wants to see more data on the long-term effects of those treatments.https://t.co/r1qvtMHDei
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 12, 2023