Letter: UTOPIA and tax

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  • News enthusiast Orem, UT
    June 25, 2014 10:32 p.m.

    I used to respect UTA as well. But their inconsistent messages and half-truths started to wear thin. That's when I took a closer look.

    Yes, the employees of UTA certainly do feel it's their job to spread the message dictated by their employer/contributor, CenturyLink and Comcast. Although UTA does not release their funding sources, these sources have been leaked in the past, are common knowledge, and UTA will "not confirm or deny" receiving the majority of their funding from telcos.

    I trust public advocacy groups that do not receive over half of their donations from the groups they pretend to not represent. UTA would have more credibility if they would abstain from acting as a "straw man" for the telcos. As it stands, you'll find that the number one issue they take on are . . . teclo related issues!

    As for the UTA, has anyone seen them take a position counter to that of CenturyLink and Comcast? If so, I'd like to see it. Has the UTA ever taken on the issue of Telcos receiving government subsidies or preferential regulatory treatment?

    Follow the money, look at the positions more closely.

  • UtahDaniel Orem, UT
    June 25, 2014 4:08 p.m.

    I agree, thank you mayor for taking a stand!

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 25, 2014 1:36 p.m.

    Lewis sounds like he's stretching.

    It's the Utah Taxpayers Association's JOB. They are a tax watchdog. It's their JOB to expose and fight against things that will increase our taxes. They didn't only criticize the plan to increase taxes to fund UTOPIA. They did the same when politicians wanted to use taxes to fund construction of the Soccer Stadium. And the Convention Center. And the gov funded hotel downtown. And many other politicians dreams.

    Why would they NOT do their job... on UTOPIA???


    As for them acting as a "straw man"... I do not think that word means what you think it means.


    As for the Utah Taxpayers Association being a bunch of big telecom people...

    Who specifically are you talking about. The members are easy to find out. Just google "Utah Taxpayers Association" and click "About". The people involved are listed. They aren't Telecom people.

    As for their funding... I don't think they have much funding. They don't need a lot of funding. But if they were business driven... why have they consistently sided AGAINST business getting access to tax funds, and FOR lower taxes?

  • News enthusiast Orem, UT
    June 25, 2014 1:36 p.m.

    Thank you Mayor for taking a stand where most elected officials don't.

    Some Utah residents have figured this out. Those that haven't seem largely confused by UTA's messages, especially in regards to Telco issues. The light goes on when they discover their funding source is the telecoms.

    Utah politics works best when we all understand who's talking, and are clear about their positions.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 25, 2014 12:27 p.m.