Gov. Herbert willing to loan feds money to open national parks

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  • Gunnysack Glenrock, WY
    Oct. 10, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    Utah should consider making an offer to the federal government to acquire the parks, then institute a sound business management program designed to generate an appropriate risk-adjusted return to the state. Under a regimen of this kind, visitors' experience would improve and their numbers would increase (bolstering the local economy), administrative costs would decline (no more channeling policy decisions 2,000 miles to a city on the Potomac) and state revenues would increase. And it would be a model that could be replicated in other states, including my own (Wyoming).

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Oct. 10, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    So you're going to take money away from school children and lend it to the feds? Brilliant.

    Of course another approach is to call on the members of your Congregational Delegation to quit playing with matches and get a continuing resolution passed. Isn't your junior senator Mike Lee one of the architects of this mess? You can't lead the fight to shut down the government and then play the victim when Southern Utah turns into a ghost town because of policies you supported.

  • Bear Somewhere, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    First of all this is just a political move by Herbert and if it is not then why would Utah use its rainy day fund to loan a potentially bankrupt government some money? They are about to default on other debts and as of right now no one in the federal government can obligate any funds so they could not even come to an agreement of repaying the funds to the State.

    I am glad to see that San Juan County came to their senses and did not open a huge liability for themselves by opening up federal land.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    So what's more painful for the GOP? Preventing Americans from having healthcare options or damaging the economy in places like Southern Utah that rely on the Fed for tourism?

    I read that federal gun permits have come to a halt due to the shutdown as well -- enraging gun advocates who want guns to proliferate in free society per the 2nd amendment. With no gun permits, Americans' right to bear arms is now threatened! How much longer will the GOP hold out? Clearly, widespread access to guns must be more important than widespread access to healthcare!

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    Of course the liberals don't want Utah to manage the parks. They want to stick it to those small towns and make the pain as great as possible. Hill workers went back, so they need some poster 'child' to hold up to claim that the Reid/Obama shutdown is the Republicans' fault.

    Sad thing is, the federal government will have to borrow the money to run the parks because entitlements eat up all the revenue, and everything else is paid for with borrowed money.

    Growth in the economy could supply more revenue, but the economy is currently barely surviving on borrowed life support from the fed.

    And the democrats solution to this dilemma? Pass another huge entitlement/corporate welfare program called the ACA, and tax the low income folks with the individual mandate tax (but call it a penalty even though the SCOTUS ruled it a tax).

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 6:33 a.m.

    Gimmick. Nothing more. So obvious. Want to help, Governor? Lobby Utah's Congressional delegation to stop their toxic games.

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    Oct. 9, 2013 11:21 p.m.

    this has publicity stunt written all over it.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 10:38 p.m.

    I'm wondering why instead he is not putting the heat where it belongs - on Congress to do their job and the parks wouldn't have had to be shut down in the 1st place. It is dangerous to offer to rescue the federal gov't. Instead the pressure should be on Congress and the White House to do their jobs.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 9:27 p.m.

    The issue isn't lack of money (well... I guess when the debt ceiling is an issue...) it's a lack of Congressional authorization to spend on the parks.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 8:35 p.m.

    Loaning money to the federal government is a really bad idea, unless you are CHina, and loan enough that you have total control over the deal.

  • redshirt007 tranquility base, 00
    Oct. 9, 2013 6:38 p.m.

    Silly Republicans, Shutdowns are for EVERYONE.

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    The shut down is like a little pin prick. Those were the astute comments of Ms. Palin recently on Fox News regarding this current fiasco.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 6:27 p.m.

    I'd rather they loan money to run the centers for disease control.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Oct. 9, 2013 6:18 p.m.

    We really don't need the Feds permission to do anything. Let's take our land back.

    Power to the People.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    I wonder where Gov Herbert has extras funds to prop up federal facilities. What if we do this and suddenly the feds don't fund a pay-back? Better for us to live within our means. And those who have had a paycheck for decades and can't survive a one-week shut down ought to review their own spending habits. If the country goes broke there won't be any safety net of any kind.