Gotta find a way to suck those dollars into our legislative friends'
Finally, some rational comments from members of the committee. It will take
many years to relocate the prison. And while developers and government entities
are salivating over over making money (developers) and new tax dollars
(government), the reality is that it will take decades to relocate the prison,
raze the buildings, clean up the land (there is a land fill on site), argue over
zoning, and then bring in new businesses or residential developments.
Developers talk like all that will happen over night. There is no reality in
their believes.When driving into the Salt Lake Valley from the south
you are greeted by the prison. It would be nice to relocate it, but costs and
reality need to be carefully and honestly, discussed and evaluated. Developers
should be put on the sidelines, for now, and elected officials should be much
more transparent about this project. Putting an RFP out to developers, as the
current bill requires, is just plain idiotic. But the concept is not without
merit and should be carefully and diligently pursued.The current
site has possibilities, as does the Gunnison site. But relocating some inmates
to a rural area could be in order.
Is it really necessary for land developers to run the state?