Do ya'll know why the Utah Legislature is preparing to stop secret big money
settlements?. Here's the real truthful answer. No more "earmarks" and
Pork for Utah. Thats a fact. Newt Gingrich says that grass-roots conservatives
are almost certainly on the verge of winning a great victory in the form of a
ban on all earmarks in the House of Representatives. And I think the House
Republicans are almost certainly going to adopt an earmark ban, which is a great
victory for the tea party people. He credits the tea parties, as well as
presumptive incoming House Speaker John Boehner, for that landmark achievement.
The tea party is expecting to plant its yellow "Don't Tread on Me"
flag in the hallowed Senate chamber next. People are tired of RINO GOP's that
are interested in money, greed, corruption, above the law, (ignore us common
people unless they need your votes), career politician's who will take money
from any special interest and say or do anything to keep his hold on power. It's
secret government by the insiders, for the insiders only today. That's for BIG
BUSINESS "ONLY" and their deep pocket's.
There's a smelly rat behind this 'pay-off', and it needs to be exposed!The
contract should have been pulled from the 'winning' contractor when they
informed UDOT they couldn't perform the contract as original agreed upon. They
changed the agreement in mid-stream, the state let them get away with it, and
then had to pay 'hush money' to the losing bidders! UDOT has too much
money and to few controls over how they're operated and where/how the money is
spent.The guy in charge of UDOT needs to be fired, and a thorough audit of
UDOT needs to be implemented. How many other 'checks' have been written
that no one knows where the moneys gone, or to who!
Sorry Bulldog. No smelly rat. The truth is that if the project would have been
delayed by a lawsuit for more than a couple of months, it would have cost many
times 13 million to construct, possibly several hundred million more if
litigation lasted a year or 2. This is a case of sour grapes for the loser in
the bid war. There were some legitimate concerns from the Flatiron group but it
was a fair selection process and the PRC group won out on a close bidding
competition because (1) they offered a 40 year product (minimum was 30 years)
and (2) the traffic maintenance proposal was much, much better. The payoff
should have been made public and the Watkins guy was not too bright and the UDOT
employee who leaked information should have been fired. The payoff was actually
11.5 million as all losing bid groups were told they would get 1.5 million for
their plans if they lost. 13 million is the amount of money Flatiron had to
prove they spent on creating the bid. They broke even.
'Fueled by the controversy over the $13 million the Utah Department of
Transportation paid out to a losing bidder without telling state officials....'
- Article The GOP claims to be the party of 'fisical
conservatives.' Their actions prove this to be not true.
TJ from Eagle Mountain is WRONG. Only those bidders that wanted to surrender
their propritary interests developed by way of their participation in the
bidding process would be eligible for a $1.5 million stipend. Also, the bidding
process WAS NOT FAIR! It was RIGGED. Ergo $13,000,000.00. Read the Protest filed
Dec 22,2009. It speaks for itself.This is not a case of sour grapes (Lot's of
grapes to say the least). This is a case of Utah politics and religion all in
one nice little bundle.The winning bidder was secretly informed of the
need for other work in the bid that the other bidders had no knowledge. Also,
the loser's (FSZ) bid was accepted by UDOT's ET, Evaluation Team. Only after the
politics got involved did they lose the bid. This was pure corruption from
Governor (first I ever heard about it) Herbert down to the SRC guys who
overruled the UDOT ET TEAM!! If Valentine wants to cleanse the system let's
start with the truth!! I dare them!! This was a real conspiracy!!
TJ-Yes, there would have been delays, and yes the additional time spent
with court delays, etc. would have eaten into the $13M.However, paying
someone to look the other way should never replace ethics.The
"successful bidder" (PRC) made proposals as part of their bid, that
they knew (along with everyone else) they could never keep. Once the bid was
awarded, they started back-pedaling on the terms they submitted. Those 'terms'
made their bid much more attractive, and they were terms that no other bidder
offered because they knew they couldn't deliver on them either.So, when
you say there's no 'smell', that the selection was "fair", BS!You say the "UDOT employee who leaked the information should have been
fired"! You got it wrong! That person should be given a 'whistle-blowers'
money award, and those that tried to keep it under wraps should be fired!You are right about the $11.5 being a "payoff". That's exactly what
it was - a payoff, so don't say that Flatiron "broke even"!
Something stinks in Utah, I have never heard of such a payment for anything like
this. The Leaders in Utah are doing to much Dictating to the Public, The Public
owns the State, Not the Elected servants.