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A potentially far-reaching process is underway in Utah designed to develop "a foundation for bold, new strategies to help every Utah household achieve financial security."\

Since April, 130 key business, civic and government leaders have been meeting as the Financial Stability Council under the umbrella of United Way of Salt Lake. They are concerned that "too many Utah families are teetering on the edge of financial disaster." Their charge has been to explore the issues of health care, income, assets, housing, and financial literacy.

A recent KSL editorial called attention to the group's bold approach to the health care issue. As we said, we're intrigued by the innovative blueprint they've offered for a radical overhaul of the state's health care system.

We also want to call your attention to the other strategies the study group has suggested for actually improving the financial stability of all Utahns: to make housing more affordable; to increase earning power; to encourage effective asset management; and to teach financial literacy.

The group is seeking broad public input on its preliminary recommendations, which can be done at United Way's website -

KSL thanks United Way and those involved for creatively tackling these critical issues. We strongly encourage the public to join in the dialogue at

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