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Published: Friday, Aug. 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

For taxpayers, it makes more financial sense to leave the prison where it is. But, powerful developers have been giving "donations" to powerful legislators - which means we may move the prison. If the prison is moved, we should demand an investigation into the political contributions given to legislators who vote for the move.

Salt Lake City, UT

Bottom line: the people wanting to relocate the prison are looking to get rich at public expense. They couldn't care less about what's best for the state or taxpayers.

Doubt me? Watch what happens when you counter-propose that if the prison moved that the vacated state land in Draper would be sold to developers at fair market prices as determined by an independent assessment made by professionals with no connection to either developers or elected officials.

Furthermore, stipulate that the state will collect a special tax on new developments on that land, the proceeds of which go to recover 100% of the state's costs of moving the prison, both short term and long term.

If developers will agree to that, then go ahead and move the prison. Otherwise, no deal.

one old man
Ogden, UT

But how will our legislators continue to receive their rewards from their developer friends if they don't move the prison?

And think of all the jobs that will never be created by those job creators.

What's more important? Protecting ordinary taxpayers or protecting those wealthy and wonderful Job Creators?

I guess it depends on whether one is a member of the 1% or the 99.

slc, ut

Moving the prison is all about making Mr. Mansell and a handful of select people very rich. The rest of the population will pay for it.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Just how many times will it take before the taxpayers say NO to the developers who are robbing the taxpayers?

Brigham City, UT

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! stevo123 hits the nail on the head! There is no other viable reason for the move.

Herriman, UT

Why hasn't the Utah Taxpayers Association headed by Senator Stephenson come out against this proposal? This would be a no brainer veto on their part but they are strangely silent.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

There's nothing like socializing the costs while privatizing the profits.

We pay for the costs. While a select few reap the rewards.

It's the conservative way.

Farmington, UT

Let's move it to Lighthouse, Nevada.

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