can we say "good old boy network"...corruption at it's best.
It's how you "take care of your own". It is rampant in this state.
Thanks for reporting Deseret News. I suggest you stay on this story and
continue to vet it. Good work.
Well, well, surprise, surprise!!
I wonder if the Guv or the legislature EVER plans on putting a stop to the
wasteful spending at UTA?I guess as long as they all get their
lobbyist "gifts" they probably think there's no reason to act on
behalf of actual taxpayers.
The only people in Utah who DON'T think UTA is a massive taxpayer rip-off
are the bosses at UTA who pull down 300k plus in salaries.
What a bunch of leaches.
UTA is a politcal organization lining their pockets with taxpayer dollars. This
is just another example of greedy politicians stealing taxpayer dollars, all the
while convincing uneducated constituents that what they are doing is in the best
interest of everyone. They tell us they are the smart ones looking out for the
citizens when the reality of the situation is they are dishonest and greedy and
just finding new ways of taking our money to pay for their luxurious
lifestyles.Draper is a prime example. Mayor Darrell Smith is on the UTA
board of directors, and has along with the city council in Draper, been
receiving lobbyist money from the UTA to put in unnecessary TRAX lines despite
the loud protests of the Draper citizens.
This article is inaccurate when it says UTA spends more on in-state lobbying
than any local government entity.According to a recent article in
the Tooele Transcript Bulletin (you'll have to do a search, the Deseret
News won't let me include a link) on lobbying expenses of Tooele - not
exactly one of the biggest cities in the state. The city spent $472,820 in just
the first ten months of 2012.
Re: "Transit authority officials defend the big spending, saying every
dollar spent has brought more than $500 to the agency . . . more than $1 billion
. . . ."Hold on! Let me maks sure I understand. We're
paying UTA millions to lobby Congress to filch billions from our pockets, so it
can hand shovel it into UTA's greedy maw?I gotta agree with
some of the liberal posters here, we Utahns ARE a gaggle of ignorant rubes!
The citizens of Draper didn't even want a UTA line built there but guess
what it was anyway. It was a great way for a board memeber to unload his
worthless land and make millins off of it. If the UTA is so great and so
supportive of the citizens of Utah why then do they need to spend millions to
PLEASE PLEASE once the newly elected legislature is sworn in in January write,
call, or email them to try to get them to do something about the millions of
dollars being wasted at UTA.One person can't do it alone, but
John Inglish's legacy goes before him with his high salary and perks plus
lobbyists doing the influencing that he couldn't do legally, or ethically,
etc.At least Rocky Anderson didn't fight this program which
makes me wonder why he didn't.
The UTA system, including federally subsidized UTA vans for commuters is a big
inflow of federal monies for all the vans. I haven't heard of the UTA
being audited by either the State of Utah or Federal transportation system to
see if that money is being spent wisely and within the law.A lot of
this is done with environmental monies and not just transportation money in
order to cut back on traffic on the roads and contaminating water sources and
the air. That was Rocky Anderson's big deal with the Legacy
highway, the environmental impact. I have not seen the fish dying and the birds
falling out of the sky due to the Legacy highway he allowed us to have after
fighting it for 6 years. We have agreements and arbitration and
negotiations that are not necessarily public that make a highway or railroad a
reality, whether it is cost effective or business logical. $1B is a lot of
dollars for UTA and for UDOT each for Utah county development.
Who audits and oversees the activities of UTA? Is anyone, other than those
receiving high salaries and commissions at UTA, minding the store? I agree with
the comment about why does a Utah state agency need to pay professional
lobbyists to lobby the Utah legislature. In my opinion, UTA should be providing
updated information and educating legislators as needed by using their own,
supposedly-informed employees whose salaries are paid from UTA's seemingly
unsupervised payroll/budget. Where did the common sense and frugal values of
our pioneer ancestors go - down the greed-pit?
A few years ago the UTA cut some service to the disabled. Gotta cut somewhere to
support the six figure salaries of the upper management. Who determines the
salary of John English? Is it the UTA board? Sadly, the Governor isn't
acting on this. The UTA is the sacred cow.
Incredible.....Shut It Down!!