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Published: Monday, Feb. 28 2011 9:46 p.m. MST

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VST
Bountiful, UT

Article: "A study ordered several years ago by former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. found a move was too expensive. But the idea resurfaced recently when U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he'd look for ways the federal government could help fund a new prison."

A Note to Rep. Chaffetz: "Jason, at the Federal level, we are broke. We have no extra money. We have run-away yearly trillion-dollar plus deficits. You were sent to Washington to cut spending - not increase it."

Third Congressional District voters need to smack Jason on the side of his head to get his attention.

skibird
Spanish Fork, UT

So Utah spent about a lot of money a few years ago to study moving the prison and now they want to spend another stack of cash to look into moving it again when they openly say that it can't/won't be done any time soon. What a waste of tax funds Utah doesn't have right now.

mightyhunterhaha
Kaysville, UT

Chaffetz wants to see how the Fed can help pay for a new prison. Can you say "ear mark". Chaffetz needs to go and go now. he does not represent Utah. help represents himself and special interests. Yes Draper is a special interest. They need to the city needs to sit down and keeop quiet. Draper is not the Satte of Utah. Although they think they are.

Walt Nicholes
Orem, UT

In the UK prisons are usually within walled blocks right in town. For less money than moving it we could secure it for the safety of the residents around it.

I think Draper would be better off, too, for the local employment it probably brings to their economy. I would like to see the Deseret News do figures on that to see if I am right.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

A bunch of realtors are interested in moving it off that prime property.
and getting the taxpayers to cover the cost, God bless our republican overlords.

Evets
Eagle Mountain, UT

What Chaffetz proposed was to insure that the new prison received a certain number of Federal prisoners. The income produced by keeping extra federal prisoners helps pay for some of the cost of the new prison. This is not earmark money, and it is not money that is not already being paid to some other prison right now. There is no increase in federal expenditures only a rerouting of that money into our state prison system.
It is best to study the prison move now as it takes years to make something like this to happen. This way we have a plan in place when the value of the land increases again and the sale of the more valuable land helps finance the prison. If we wait, when the opportunity presents itself we will not be ready. This is just good business planning. Have the plan and hopefully a couple of alternate plans in the state's back pocket ready to go when the moment is right.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

Should have done it years ago when I-15 was first built. They should have built a new prison where Eagle Mountain is now... away from the Freeway and developed the Point of the mountain area... thus it would have aleviated all the traffic problems that Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs have created and wouldn't have the prison so close to a major corridor.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

Hmmm... funny how they didn't mention the cost of this "study" that the "conservative" Republicans will pass on to taxpayers. I guess moving the prison is a better use of funds than educating children.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: CHS 85 | 11:42 p.m. Feb. 28, 2011

If we have enough money to fund the education of illegal aliens we obviously have plenty.

Personally I think we should make a deal with the Goshute Indians to house our criminal out there. It would be a win win for everybody, except maybe for the convicts.

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