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GI Thursday yet it's Thursday at least in one state of the union it's been over a year now since you -- former governor Jon Huntsman.
Lost the four day work week initiative -- Gary -- as his lieutenant governor.
Herbert is now Utah's acting governor and the program has other cities states and private companies looking to follow suit.
But will -- continue in -- we're pleased to welcome governor Herbert.
An exclusive interview from Salt Lake City governor congratulations first of all for being in the state house.
Thank you it's an honor to be there now I -- it's it's a little ironic that that a man who was leading the way for a sort of a green agenda in terms of cutting back to work weekend.
Saving all of these metric tons of of carbon emissions it's Federer.
Is not necessarily true believer in the -- that man made global warming are here.
Well that's not true I actually have taken no position on whether -- causes cataclysmic global warming.
I've only said that I think that the science is not conclusive and certainly in the marketplace the debate is raging.
Okay let's talk then about how it's going I read an article in time magazine that said -- 82% of state workers.
Some of them actually initially were probably saying wait how -- gonna work out my life with just four days and is gonna get now actually they liked -- so are you getting positive response first and the people.
Who are affected months.
Well people are affected most -- the -- the as the public.
And that of the questions -- unclear on what the public perception of a four day work weekends.
Clearly our employees are liken it they have more time to -- family on the weekend.
Opportunities they have with longer weekend.
That I think are appealing to them.
The public is floors their responses a little bit uncertain right now but we're trying to evaluate that.
Governor I got to ask you of course healthcare is on everybody's front plate right now but but the question cap and trade has been kind of put -- in the back burner for a while.
It is if it once it comes back -- to play after whatever happens with the health care.
How might cap and trade if in fact that's voted on how might that affect your state.
Well -- impact Utah and other inner Mountain States and a significant way the cost of energy going up ripples throughout the economy.
And -- cause I think -- dampening impact on our economic recovery.
So for our state like Utah where 80% of our energy is coal fire produced there would have a significant -- I think.
Negative impact on our growing economy.
OK well then them looking -- all -- at all that you see in your particular state.
How are you doing and what are you hearing from your constituents about employment unemployment.
Everybody's very concerned out there plus we hear so much about what's going to happen with health care so what do you hear from people when you talk.
Well I I think in comparison Utah's doing quite well we have a little over 6% unemployment rate which is significantly.
All the national average.
We have opportunities to have our high tech industry grow and prosper.
We have energy not only a traditional fuels of coal oil and gas -- -- on the cutting edge of cleaner coal technology to expand.
Opportunities for new generation coal.
Values we are producing wind power we -- -- geothermal we have Hydro.
We -- have now some solar power in the southern part of our state so.
Were looking at energy as.
A full spectrum of opportunity.
And we believe that you -- fact lead the way when it comes energy production.
And so many different ways because of that I think our future's bright economically.
And are we're doing actually in comparison again much better than most states what what what would you do.
All your fellow governors like the governor of California and new York and New Jersey some of the states around us right here on the coast.
About how to have a more productive.
State one that that gets its accounts and orders and one that has a lower unemployment rate.
Well a couple things that have been good for Utah one we have a conservative legislature.
That understands that -- you live within your means you don't spend more than you take him.
And -- only provide those essential services that that private sector cannot provide for the public.
So we've tried to do everything we can to empower the private sector to make sure that this -- feels welcome.
That we encourage that entrepreneurial spirit that risk reward has made America great and so consequently our business community feels very welcoming want it.
We're trying to do our best he did to keep government off the backs and now the Waltz of the people.
And in doing so all it's proven to be very.
Helpful to us and our economic stability -- and we balance our budgets we don't spend more than we take him.
Acting governor you Todd Gary Herbert great to see you keep us posted Fox Business has been very interested from the start of the -- day workweek covering the story because and typically enough other states would like to follow the lead some thank you.
Sounds like you're -- write things that you thank you very much appreciating work work.
Will reevaluate that by the end of this year decide whether -- keeper or change your modify -- please come back and see us again let us now -- Pat Bob I'll be pleased to do that thank you for they have -- take.
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