UTA tops the list of big-money lobbying on Capitol Hill

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  • Drew Chamberlain Layton, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    Incredible.....Shut It Down!!

  • Canyon ,
    Dec. 11, 2012 9:43 p.m.

    A few years ago the UTA cut some service to the disabled. Gotta cut somewhere to support the six figure salaries of the upper management. Who determines the salary of John English? Is it the UTA board? Sadly, the Governor isn't acting on this. The UTA is the sacred cow.

  • SLC Grandma Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    Who audits and oversees the activities of UTA? Is anyone, other than those receiving high salaries and commissions at UTA, minding the store? I agree with the comment about why does a Utah state agency need to pay professional lobbyists to lobby the Utah legislature. In my opinion, UTA should be providing updated information and educating legislators as needed by using their own, supposedly-informed employees whose salaries are paid from UTA's seemingly unsupervised payroll/budget. Where did the common sense and frugal values of our pioneer ancestors go - down the greed-pit?

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 2:52 p.m.


  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    The UTA system, including federally subsidized UTA vans for commuters is a big inflow of federal monies for all the vans. I haven't heard of the UTA being audited by either the State of Utah or Federal transportation system to see if that money is being spent wisely and within the law.

    A lot of this is done with environmental monies and not just transportation money in order to cut back on traffic on the roads and contaminating water sources and the air.

    That was Rocky Anderson's big deal with the Legacy highway, the environmental impact. I have not seen the fish dying and the birds falling out of the sky due to the Legacy highway he allowed us to have after fighting it for 6 years.

    We have agreements and arbitration and negotiations that are not necessarily public that make a highway or railroad a reality, whether it is cost effective or business logical. $1B is a lot of dollars for UTA and for UDOT each for Utah county development.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    John Inglish's legacy goes before him with his high salary and perks plus lobbyists doing the influencing that he couldn't do legally, or ethically, etc.

    At least Rocky Anderson didn't fight this program which makes me wonder why he didn't.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    PLEASE PLEASE once the newly elected legislature is sworn in in January write, call, or email them to try to get them to do something about the millions of dollars being wasted at UTA.

    One person can't do it alone, but together.......?

  • nomo Draper, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    The citizens of Draper didn't even want a UTA line built there but guess what it was anyway. It was a great way for a board memeber to unload his worthless land and make millins off of it. If the UTA is so great and so supportive of the citizens of Utah why then do they need to spend millions to lobby politicians.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    Re: "Transit authority officials defend the big spending, saying every dollar spent has brought more than $500 to the agency . . . more than $1 billion . . . ."

    Hold on! Let me maks sure I understand. We're paying UTA millions to lobby Congress to filch billions from our pockets, so it can hand shovel it into UTA's greedy maw?

    I gotta agree with some of the liberal posters here, we Utahns ARE a gaggle of ignorant rubes!

  • Shurt Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    This article is inaccurate when it says UTA spends more on in-state lobbying than any local government entity.

    According to a recent article in the Tooele Transcript Bulletin (you'll have to do a search, the Deseret News won't let me include a link) on lobbying expenses of Tooele - not exactly one of the biggest cities in the state. The city spent $472,820 in just the first ten months of 2012.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    UTA is a politcal organization lining their pockets with taxpayer dollars. This is just another example of greedy politicians stealing taxpayer dollars, all the while convincing uneducated constituents that what they are doing is in the best interest of everyone. They tell us they are the smart ones looking out for the citizens when the reality of the situation is they are dishonest and greedy and just finding new ways of taking our money to pay for their luxurious lifestyles.
    Draper is a prime example. Mayor Darrell Smith is on the UTA board of directors, and has along with the city council in Draper, been receiving lobbyist money from the UTA to put in unnecessary TRAX lines despite the loud protests of the Draper citizens.

  • Drew Chamberlain Layton, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    What a bunch of leaches.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 6:29 a.m.

    The only people in Utah who DON'T think UTA is a massive taxpayer rip-off are the bosses at UTA who pull down 300k plus in salaries.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 6:14 a.m.

    I wonder if the Guv or the legislature EVER plans on putting a stop to the wasteful spending at UTA?

    I guess as long as they all get their lobbyist "gifts" they probably think there's no reason to act on behalf of actual taxpayers.

  • Why would I? Farmington, UT
    Dec. 10, 2012 11:48 p.m.

    Well, well, surprise, surprise!!

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2012 10:15 p.m.

    can we say "good old boy network"...corruption at it's best. It's how you "take care of your own". It is rampant in this state. Thanks for reporting Deseret News. I suggest you stay on this story and continue to vet it. Good work.