#1 Utah sends congressional delegates to Washington, D.C.#2 Several
of these delegates are front-and-center in the federal shutdown.#3
Utah realizes that the federal shutdown is costing the state millions in tourism
revenue.#4 Utah wants a federal bailout for the situation created by
#1 and #2.Ironic.How about this: I'll agree to have
my tax dollars reimburse Utah for the economic damages the Mike Lee-led shutdown
inflicted on it if Utah will pay back my state for the economic damages
inflicted on it by the Mike Lee-led shutdown. Sounds about fair to me.
Even if we don't get back the money spent it was still VERY worth it. I
had to cancel two hotel nights and 3 days of spending in Moab due to the
closure, and I'm just a local. It's worth it to the state to pay to
keep them open so if there's no refund it's no big deal. And kudos to
our state for having weathered the economic storm so well, we were actually able
to fund this kind of spending!Shame on Senator Lee for having a hand
in shutting things down.
Re: "No guarantee Utah will get back all money spent to reopen national
parks"Here's a guarantee you can take to the bank -- Utah
will NOT get back all the money spent to reopen our parks.ANY
resources foolishly dropped into that gaping federal maw become the property of
feckless political hacks, to do with as THEY see fit.If any Utahn
actually believes political hacks from the Obama regime's National Park
Service give two hoots for what anyone in Utah thinks, I've got a real
estate opportunity involving an historic bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to
talk to you about.Just another in a long string of proofs that we
need to get the feds out of the Western lands absentee landlord/rent-collector
toosmartforyouRe: "Ha ha ha. What a hoot! Utah spends money it
doesn't have"...Who said it was money we didn't have?My understanding is that it was from the "rainy day fund".
Which is money we DO have (in the bank, right now, for a rainy day like
this).I don't get why you get such a laugh out of your false
assumption.---IMO if we get the money back that's
great. If we don't... we at least did what we needed to do to protect our
economy and the tourist dollars that come into the State.The money
wasn't given to specific people or businesses, it was given to the Federal
Government for the permission to open our National Parks. It helped our whole
economy.You can play politics with it if that makes you jolly... but
it helped the whole State (and I think we will get the money back one way or
If Senator Lee and the tea party did not shut down the government, this would
not have been a cost or expense whatsoever. For tea party advocates to support
this wasteful spending is hypocrisy.
What's in a name?Here a million...there a million...pretty soon
we're talking some serious change...Refunds?The
Gov's right hand man "...Spendlove..." reports..."...We're still trying to figure that out now..."...Spendlove adds..."The specifics of how that money would be
refunded was left up in the air, to be frank," Spendlove said.
"It's not clear right now..."...Somehow...it would seem
that if "loves-to-spend" was spending his own money...he would have
figured this refund stuff all out BEFORE he cut the check...Who
So, if I read this right- The economic impact of the parks being
closed is $25 million per week- The state spent $1 million to keep the
parks open- The state wants all its money back.I feel that the
parks should be Federal revenue neutral. Fees to enjoy the parks should cover
the cost to run the parks. Either raise fees, lower services or have those who
reap the benefits cover the difference.
As I recall, Utah is running a $200 million surplus this year. Somehow I think
that figured into their calculations when determining whether this was a
fiscally sound action.Too responsible...
This was definitely a give away of public funds. The Governor should have spoke
out against the shut down instead of funding it.
Ha ha ha. What a hoot! Utah spends money it doesn't have (wonder which
account it can from) and then worries later that it won't get paid back by
Uncle Sam.Too rich! They're not a lot smarter on Capitol Hill
in SLC than on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.Too funny............