Utah too dependent on federal dollars, state auditor warns

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 4, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    @Kings Court:

    Don't you hold our political leaders accountable for the funds already used for Medicaid, Highways, and Transportation.

    It's not the lack of funds, but how it's been managed.

    Roads, and bridges has been used many times for raising taxes. Wake up.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Dec. 4, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    Utah dependent on federal dollars


    tithing/LDS church dollars.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    The bottom line problem, both here and in Washington, is one of dishonesty. The dishonesty of thinking we can spend more than we make.

    It's a practice we've been engaged in, collectively and for many individuals, for **decades** and on both sides of the aisle, though more egregiously on the Democrat side.

    The "fix" can only come from the electorate. The same electorate that has been placing these dishonest politicians, as representatives of themselves, into power.

    So, frankly, I don't think we've got a good chance of avoiding the looming disaster these and many other people are and have been warning us about. The economic disturbances and dislocations of 2008's recession are a mere foretaste of the much more difficult times this kind of financial dishonesty will cause.

    I'm very sorry to say it seems inevitable that we're going to eventually experience the reasons why the saying, "Honesty is the best policy", was once so common.

  • Northern Logan, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    Why yes Linda going it alone is a great idea compared to the alternative.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Dec. 4, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    Mr Dougal and Rep. Ivory, the go to team to take the public lands heritage of Utah and move it into private hands as soon as possible.

  • LindaGJ Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 7:01 a.m.

    So, which would you like to give up? The student loans? The new aircraft at Hill? The national parks--yes, I know you want to own those, but look at the cost to operate! The interstate highway funds UDOT loves so much? The HUD funding and other sources that are paying for planning to accommodate our population growth? The money for UTA and especially that built TRAX? We use money from the wealthier east coast states to do these things, want to go it alone?

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    When a government official mimics comment board posters with "Wake Up", I can't help but wonder about the quality of the argument.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 4:09 a.m.

    This is something I have been trying to warn every state worker and politician is a dangerous economic bombshell about to explode and put this state into such an upheaval of collapse that Utah will take decades to recover.

    Any state department that is dependent on federal funding should be shut down and closed out, this includes health care, welfare, UTA, and eduction and use only ready cash and assets from state and local taxes be their budget. The pork is at an end and no one is willing to be realistic about the facts we are still in a depression glossed over by declining federal funds.

    We hear and worry about the $17 trillion federal debt but never do we hear about the states level of debt. Utah is covering up an even bigger lie and its about to bombshell Utah into collapse.

    Education has become so corrupt and dependent on governemnt and illegal alien occupation that it has out grown its ability to sustain what they can't control and are taking every avenue of revenue acquisition to punishment tax on parents for their children not performing to or beyond common core testable standards.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 11:43 p.m.

    A good chunk of Federal dollars goes to Medicaid, but no worries since many of our local politicians are Darwinists and believe in survival of the fittest. A good chunk of our Federal dollars goes toward highways and transportation costs, but no worries. Our legislature is not about to raise gas taxes to pay for the roads we use. The verdict. Business as usual.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 3, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    This is water to a thirsty man.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    Wise advice from someone who is familiar with the issues.

    Someone in the state needs to be keeping track of every federal dollar we get, and more importantly all the strings attached. If we lose (or decline) that specific "bit of cheese in the trap" what mandated actions that came attached can we eliminate? What reports back to federal bureaucrats can be eliminated (and our own bureaucrats reassigned to more productive work)?

    Utah's ideas are often better than the federal mandates and if we can escape those, we may well be able to do better.

    Education is one area where innovative approaches are constantly stifled by the education establishment, both the unions, the "administrators" and most especially the federal Department of Education. This may be an opportunity to eliminate costly roadblocks at the same time funding is cut.

    We need to get Congress to think more like the Utah Legislature, instead of running up $17 trillion in debt.

  • Northern Logan, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 8:27 p.m.

    I love this, thank you for making us aware , thank you for helping Utah understand. More people need to read this.