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-- record high well record gas prices forcing.
At stake to play.
At stake in Utah.
I'm I'm -- point four day work week workers will save a bundle on gas the statement save on electricity.
You talk is the first state to try my next guest for the guy is making it happening.
Joining us now is the governor of Utah Jon Huntsman good morning governor good afternoon.
Hi Alexis thank you for that very encouraging announcement in the area yeah I know I've I've I've traditionally made me depressed.
And now you're gonna tell me why it is that you're during the four day work week -- I'm gonna make a petition to move to Utah.
You're always welcome of course you know we have certain short term realities -- certain long term realities as the state government a government.
And as a manager you have to look at these things pragmatically you want to be pro active as opposed to reactive as government typically is.
And listened for a dollar gas prices are killer for people these days.
Not only that but we have a very ambitious energy efficiency goal as a state which is to say 20% reduction by 35.
And then beyond that how do you expand customer service in ways that.
Allows the taxpayer to fully understand that we're trying to meet their needs.
And finally you know what can you do for good public employees who were working hard and doing everything they can't.
Paying high gas prices and in some cases commuting from long distances so all of these areas were very elegantly covered.
By this four day ten hour per day work week and do we crunch the numbers we did the analysis we're gonna use a month of July.
To anticipate any questions that people have about transportation -- child care issues and then by August 1 we're gonna be ready at lunch and we're gonna do so uniformly.
And longitudinal -- it's a state government.
-- -- it's it's a hot topic we've heard about other governments who had done it talking about the implications you know if you're living in this state.
And you want to get access to goes a government office is.
One happened to -- are we going to be at a point where employees are accepting emails and taking phone calls from home.
Well we we tend to think of state government services.
You know circus you know the 1960s the 1970s we forget that in today's world at least in our state.
We have 800 services that are available online.
And so people as -- anticipated questions and as I've been asked about this on the radio were in town hall meetings.
People say what about a fishing license what about a driver licensed so once so forth.
And -- my response is always do you realize that you can actually do this today from start to finish.
On the Internet right through some of our services that we provide.
So this'll be a huge learning experience for a lot of people -- state to see something that probably they didn't understand fully before that is they can access a lot of services right from their home.
International usage on the rise because of this I'm sure that's right -- you know a governor let me ask you this question day.
As you know the market hitting a bear market territory least as far as the doused concern that I just mentioned moments ago oil hitting new high.
What do you stand on the -- coming out today from the president and many Republicans to say it's time to start drilling.
Well this is time to keep all of our options on the table we have shale.
Opportunities right here in this part of the country.
And three years it has never made sense economically and this is the first time in recent history of saying since the sixties or seventies.
Where we actually.
Should be allowed access because the economics finally make sense for jail.
Not only that but we've got natural gas we have wind we have solar we have biomass.
I I'm not concerned about the -- is out there the great thinking has been done we have technologies available to us and we have the raw materials needed to run this economy what is lacking fundamentally is the political will and that is to pull all of the stakeholders together.
At a roundtable and I have a meaningful conversation about the big vision thing we don't have a big vision thing as it relates to energy policy.
And that's why as I've met with are my fellow western governor right just a couple three days ago we decided that we're gonna watch out and come up with a western energy policy that will represent both Republican and democratic thinking.
At present that to the next administration.
Governor let me ask you this you are basically agreeing with McCain's philosophy that leave it up to the states.
Do I take it that perhaps you might be good vice presidential candidate and if offered the job would you take get.
-- you listened.
-- that would completely.
I I loved being governor lucky to have this job I'm running for one more term in November.
And we got some great things happening in what happens to be the greatest state in America right here in Utah.
All right well governor it was a pleasure having you and I'm -- to visit you don't see how that four day work week works out because I think I'm gonna say tell that gear box a we'll keep a job open for you and he'll vote OK that's a day thanks so much.
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