House speaker: Time running out for action on prison relocation

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  • CO44 alpine, UT
    March 7, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    I find it ironic that 2 Legislative sessions ago the Corrections Department was in danger of not being funded and 3 buildings were going to be shut down due due to budget cuts. I also find it ironic, that now the economy is bouncing back, very slowly I might add, that we are not looking at compensation in Corrections such as COLA (cost of living) raises. Okay, you say, you got a 1% raise last year. But that was the first raise CO's had in 6 years. COLA has increased more than 1% in six years I am sure you would agree. So instead of looking at those issues, our Legislature is looking at spending money that WE (state coffers) DO NOT HAVE. Taxpayers will ultimately pay for this. 600 million is the projected amount. But, to be more realistic no one has any idea how much this will cost. Furthermore, 40,000 jobs in 700 acres is not a realistic number. The question that should be asked is for how long will these 40,000 jobs exist. Upgrade where it exists, save money, don't spend more on bonds. The economy has not recovered. Please call the House.

  • mightyhunterhaha Kaysville, UT
    March 7, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Privatizing the prison will be bad for Utah. The companies swoop in promising savings. Once the inferstructure is gone from the State they raise thier costs to the State and then we are over a barrel. If you make informed decision and not decisions to line your pocket book these facts play out. Say no to this bill. Utahns need to let their voces be hear dand we need to say NO!

  • skibird Spanish Fork, UT
    March 6, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    I'm glad to see that someone up in the Legislature has some common sense and doesn't want to rush this along. The idea that possibly having a private prison take control which is in the Senate's bill is scary and shouldn't be done at all, a possible move should have a 100% guarantee that Senator Jenkin's projections will happen...which is that the taxpayers aren't stuck paying for an unnecessary prison move.