House passes bill setting up prison relocation commission

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  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2014 1:06 p.m.

    All these complaints about our corrupt legislature, and who are you going to vote for next time? Yeah, that"s what I thought. The only people that voted against this are Democrats.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    March 13, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    This will be the biggest taxpayer ripoff in the history of Utah. It will cost $600 million to move the prison. The state will get maybe $200 million for the property. The developers will make a vast killing, and we will collectively get hit up for the difference--$400 million. But since the Republicans are doing it, nobody will ever ask any questions.

  • skibird Spanish Fork, UT
    March 13, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    The Draper prison is not aging, the majority of the buildings have been built since the mid to late 80s. They have decades of usable life left in them.

    The legislature set $36 million to expand the Gunnison prison to do nothing more than house a couple hundred more inmates. Yet they expect the Utah taxpayer to believe that an entire new prison, starting with the land, gyms, visiting rooms, medical facilities, admin offices, fences, towers, parking, classrooms,not to mention the full infrastructure of water and power along with the housing for thousands of inmates will only cost $600 million? The taxpayers are going to be stuck with a HUGE tax bill from this so that a few connected legislatures can make a lot of money.

  • Spiff Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2014 9:33 a.m.

    toosmartforyou, you go to work at Fremont Island, then you will understand what a stupid comment that was. I hear our former Lieutenant Governor “retired” so he would not create a conflict of interest when he “sells” to the state the property he owns for the new location of the prison. Follow the money and see who gets rich from this. This issue should be put up for a public vote.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    March 13, 2014 9:18 a.m.

    I would like to thank the eight members of the house who voted against this nightmare, they are true heros of this years session.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    I want to be on the prison relocation committee so I can have first dibs on the properties surrounding the new prison. Don't worry, I won't buy it myself, I'll have my second-cousin-twice-removed put it in HER name.

    WHY should legislators (or THEIR second-cousin-twice-removed)reap all the benefits?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 13, 2014 6:40 a.m.

    Math is not hard.

    Figure the costs and the benefits, and reveal those numbers to the public, along with the methods used to arrive at those numbers.

    Then, follow the money to see who will really benefit from moving the prison. If the answer is anyone but the law abiding taxpayers of Utah, then there the prison should not be moved. If any developer is to profit from the move, we should impose a 100% tax on all profits from exploitation of the prison location (old or new!).

    Look at all the costs and benefits carefully. Remember that old line about figures don't lie, but.....

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    March 13, 2014 12:25 a.m.

    Spending more and more taxpayer dollars on the latest billion dollar boondoggle.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    March 12, 2014 11:36 p.m.

    I think it ought to be on Fremont Island.