Utah Gov. Gary Herbert fires back at lawmakers who want override

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  • tmkh American Fork, UT
    May 11, 2011 9:15 a.m.

    Help me out with the math on this one -

    "Legislative leaders announced this week they were holding a veto override session on May 6 on SB229, a bill...that would set aside 30 percent of future sales tax revenues for road construction.

    The state already spends about 17 percent of sales-tax revenues on transportation projects. The intent of the bill is to boost that total over time so that one-fourth of the sales taxes collected go to roads.

    "Earmarking one out of every four dollars potentially jeopardizes risking other priorities.""

    Why would they earmark 30% if the goal is to boost it over time to 25%? And how is 30% = one out of every four dollars? Maybe we need to send them all back to school to work on their math skills...

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    April 29, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    I'm with the Gov on this one.

  • AllSeeingEye Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    Did the Senate President really say: "He can't do it [spend money in a certain way] if we tell him not to, but we didn't tell him not to"?

    Silly me. I always thought the government's legislative branch appropriated funds and the executive branch spent the money.

    But this legislature wants to control all branches of government. Not have the people control them, but to control them itself. Couple that with its veto-proof majority, its desire to have just a few people make all the decisions, and, worst of all, its efforts to keep everything a big secret, and it is easy to see some balance is needed.

    Badly needed.

    But, the silent majority of more moderate people on both sides of the aisle have really got their work cut for them if they hope for balance because the far right is an admirably organized, well-oiled machine.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    April 29, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    Only in Utah is Gary Herbert considered a "true liberal!"

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 29, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    stevep38now | 10:59 a.m. April 29, 2011
    Provo, UT
    No way on the face of this planet that Herbert is getting this Republicans vote! He's a true liberal!


    Another fine example of how Utah is so peculiar....
    people don't have a sound understasnding of the English lanuage, nor political ideologies.

    Next thing the far-right-wing extremeist Republicans will start calling him a Nazi as well.

    Just more rants and parroting of the college drop out AM radio clowns.

  • stevep38now Provo, UT
    April 29, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    No way on the face of this planet that Herbert is getting this Republicans vote! He's a true liberal!

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    April 29, 2011 6:33 a.m.

    Governor Herbert's vetoing a 5 day work week for state employees when the rest of us work 6 days a week was wrong.

    The state must set a tone of a good work ethic with at least a 5 day work week.

    The Legislature should override the Governor's veto on restoring the 5 day work week for state employees.

  • Utah Joe murray, utah
    April 28, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    Thank you Gov. Herbert for standing up for good policy, politics aside. The right way to fund roads is for the people who use them to pay for them. I shouldn't pay for roads when I buy a stereo or a pair of jeans, which is what happens when we use sales taxes for roads. If tax burden is what we are worried about, let's lower the sales tax and raise the gas tax by an equivalent amount.

    Bottom line...do the right thing. Gov. Herbert stands up for good policy. The Legislature in this case is just looking for a fight. Shame on them.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 28, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    In the last election Gov. Herbert beat his Democratic opponent 2 to 1. Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon didn't even carry Salt Lake County.

    As long as Obama remains in office Gov. Herbert is unbeatable.

  • perspicacious Salt lake city, Utah
    April 28, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    Bad government. By this tax amount Herbert and Waddoups would have enough $$$ to allow UDOT to pay off four more losing birders. Why hasn't Njord been fired after paying out $13Mil?
    What a zoo we have on the hill. HB477 games and disaster, no ethics bills of consequence, and now we have Waddoups playing games with redistricting and the liquor store closures are another mess caused by the incompetence of Herbert and Waddoups. Please democrats, help this state out of the quicksand!

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    If Herbert keeps listening to the Hinckley Institute founded by Libs......he can plan on finding himself out of a Gov job come 2012!

    This guv is a rino!