Committee declines to waive $14K fee for redistricting documents

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  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    This was never about the money.

    It was always about trying to get democrats elected this fall. The grama request was last year. Records were turned in back in. The democrat leadership delayed the compiling of it for months and then decide to show up on camera with a check. Then they delay for months paying the cost, and appeal the costs, and lose.

    The whole idea has been, and still is to just drag this until November, which is why they turned down the GOP offer to pay for the record compilation. That would ruin the real reason. Besides, they seem to love the idea of taxpayers paying for their witch hunt. They can't win as the GOP grama request shows the democrats were doing everything the democrats were accusing the republicans were doing.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    @Brave Sir Robin

    No, Democrats expect to pay the money they are quoted, just like any other customer. When you get a quote from a plumber that it will cost $100 to fix your faucet, then he hands you a $300 invoice, would you be happy to pay it or would you ask a few questions?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 21, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    Wait, I thought Democrats liked spending money? I guess it's only other people's money they like spending...

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 8:53 p.m.

    This whole idea that this committee is made up of legislators to determine if what members of other legislators decided is valid is just flat out wrong. Why doesn't the state records committee determine if the fees are legit or if there's a basis for a "public interest" waiver? If there was ever ANY situation in the public's interest, it is redistricting. I believe the process is nothing but a show to claim the matter was considered when we all know it would never pass. Sorry! The emperor has no clothes!!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    "Romero also argued that the state had erred by indicating to the Utah Democrats that the records would cost $5,000 — which the party paid — only to add an additional $9,000 in charges when party officials arrived in May to pick up the documents.

    "The party was given one-third of the requested documents, pending payment of the remaining fees."

    The way it really happened was they were told they could pick out one box but couldn't look inside first.

    The republicans really acted like children on this public information about what our public servants did secretly, Yeah team?

  • Gandalf Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    It may be true that the motives of the Democratic party were self-serving and impure. But if the public interest in the documents is strong (and it is), why should that not be the determinative factor?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    Utah Legislature's idea of freedom of information.
    What sad little men we have elected.