Gov. Herbert calls Legislature to special session to fund parks

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:47 a.m.

    We can only hope the legislators are more accountable and responsible in how they look at this delusional act of funding the federal government from our state tax dollars to cover up his incompetence as a leader, financial accountability, and lies to the citizens of Utah. The governor trust with the state budget and equality are at risk now.

    If the federal governemt does not put employees back to work or open federally funded economic money pits we should not rely on dieing tourism a reliable industry. Tourism is for a prosperous economy, not a depressed economy. Reimbursement from interior dept is not going to happen either.

    Trillions of dollars of cash are going to disappear from the economy next year and Utah better start planning now and setting priorities with job and year round business distribution a priority. Its a fact the federal governemnt has to cut nonessential spending, and that means Herbert must be more willing to share and spread poverty growth with other counties. Meaning don't move the prison.

    A selfish governor is unwilling to share jobs with all of Utah and I hope the legislators turn him down and force other no cost options.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Oct. 13, 2013 5:50 p.m.


    Any one who has followed the news from more objective sources knows the house passed bills to fund parks and many other things, and Reid refused to give them airing in the senate.

    Those are the facts.

    The left and democrats are NOT infallible nor without blame.

    How can you support a president who closed the white to tours for children while hosting million dollar parties and billion dollar vacations, or bullies 90 year old veterans. and intentionally finds ways to inflict the most pain on the people?

    Or who has single handed raised the cost healthcare, heating, cooling, electricity, groceries, and so forth, for the poor and middle class, and treats them with disdain, and lies and make false promises to them for votes?

    Who talks hypocritically of civility while he talks vilely and falsely of any who opposes him?

    Who has playing cards while bin laden was being taken down?

    OR did not care Americans were being murdered in Benghazi?

    Doesn't care to stop the NSA from spying on the American people, but supports it?

    And uses the IRS to bully opposing groups?

    And bottom line is destroying the USA and trampling over the constitution?

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    Oct. 12, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    I just read an article that is disturbing. There are talks within the Republican Party to sell off National Parks.
    I know you have a lot of pride in your parks as do I. If you do not want to see them sold for mining or energy drilling, or lease lands for hotels, amusement parks or casinos please be vigilant.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 12, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    @justamacguy - ummm - you know the president doesn't spend one cent that congress does not allocate. Hence the shut down. Try as you will, but he does not control the budget. He only approves, or disapproves. How much is spent is set elsewhere.

    "Congress, in fact, tried to pass funding for the parks and the president would not sign it."

    Care to site which HB or SB that was....? I would love to know this one... please..... enlighten us all which bill this was.

    The problem is we have two sides that are more intent on posturing, then actually getting anything done. There is always two sides to every coin. To pretend one side stands blameless in this mess is the problem. Indemnifying one side holds no one responsible, and hence, the situation we find our selves in.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    Um, the Utah congressmen did not close it down. The free-spending president that could not be reigned in caused the problem. Congress is trying to make a reasonable budget. You can't spend more that you make and neither can or should the government. Congress, in fact, tried to pass funding for the parks and the president would not sign it.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    Looks like Utah noticed.

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    Oct. 12, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    It is confusing.
    As nice as it is to open the parks using your own funds, it was a Utah Congressman who closed the Govt for all. No one died of a park not being open, but closing the CDC, many Defense functions needed to support the troops, FAA (outside of Air Traffic Control) and too many more to mention is a bit of a quandary if not hypocritical. Do you not support your Congressman, or only when it impacts someone else. Wasn't the intent to hurt everyone, especially small businesses who are secong and third tiered impacted?
    Be careful of your desires, if successful you may be told to foot the bill in the future.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    Let's pay for this by adding a fuel tax surcharge for all federal agency purchases except DOD. Say 10 cents a gallon. Make up some good sounding name- "federal operations support program surcharge" or something.

    Yeah, we might get bitten by having to pay it while we are picking up the tab for the parks during shutdown, but afterwards it should be a money maker. And, it can help fund lawsuits against the feds on various issues.

    Fight back against federal bullying and extortion!