Mayor calls transportation fund a 'political piggy bank'

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 19, 2017 7:15 a.m.

    Greg Curtis. One of the many reasons that lobbiests should be outlawed.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    June 18, 2017 8:11 p.m.

    Sadly this article fails to inform much on which projects have been funded vs which have not. Some cities choose to be bedroom communities--or at least have done so in the past. Others have chosen to be regional hubs for commerce and transportation. Not surprising if regional transportation spending goes more to hub cities rather than to bedroom communities.

    It is also entirely possible that there are bad politics at work here. But for such a long article, there was a surprising lAckley of detail on what has or hasn't been funded. That makes it difficult for the reader to determine for himself the validity of any claims.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 18, 2017 4:33 p.m.

    Follow the profit, follow the profit, Dolan and others know the way.

    Follow the profit, follow the profit, investigators will find the way.

    Follow the profit, follow the profit, auditors will find greed along the way.

    For the people, by the people and to the people gets sidelined.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    June 18, 2017 3:46 p.m.

    It's still an east side/west side battle in Salt Lake County and guess which side always wins? Whether it's roads, schools, or homeless shelters, the west side comes in second. Add in the Sandy and Draper legislators, Greg Hughes and the lobbyists and the decision is made.

    How many times can you repave the Sandy and Draper streets anyway?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 18, 2017 12:01 p.m.

    "They're also questioning whether a certain lobbyist, former House Speaker Greg Curtis, has had too much influence over how the funds are prioritized because many of his client cities have been collecting big year after year."

    Ya think? Mayor Dolan & Mayor Walker are in the good ole boy's club. Of course they get the money sent their way. I don't think there's any segment in Utah government that's legit.

  • itswhatithink West Jordan, UT
    June 18, 2017 10:55 a.m.

    I wish I could say that I am shocked by the information. One one level I am, because of the "friends" and developer tries, but, unfortunately the same names and the same dishonesty is appearing in article after article.

  • dski HERRIMAN, UT
    June 18, 2017 10:49 a.m.

    This stinks to high heavens. Other cities are paying into a fund to subsidize a select few cities. When there is money, corruption seems to follow.

  • All American Herriman, UT
    June 18, 2017 9:46 a.m.

    Get rid of lobbists - period! What a waste of city funds to pay lobbists when a council member could do the asking, although "asking" shouldn't even be necessary. If money is paid into the fund, it should be paid out automatically by the county based on the population of each city. It seems so simple to me. County/city roads should be maintained by this fund, state roads should be maintained by state funds, and federal roads (freeways) should be maintained with federal funds.

  • Farmer in Farmington Farmington, UT
    June 18, 2017 6:02 a.m.

    This is a sad revelation.

    Although I do not believe the funds should distributed evenly as some transportation spending affects more of us than others. I believe that the cities should be able allocate their FULL portion to projects they consider vital to their citizens.

    So maybe two buckets for decisions: one for regional high impact projects and one to maintain local transportation infrastructure.

    Allow each city to decide how to use the funds 'earned' by their citizens. Otherwise remove the tax.

    ...And remove any persons that misuse government funds for personal gain.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    June 17, 2017 11:25 p.m.

    Greg Curtis name surfaces yet again. I knew him when he was an assistant city attorney at West Jordan. I can tell you that every city has funding surprises in its budget. Carefully look at what gets funded and see what their relationship is to the Mayor of that city. Lobbyists in this State have big time employment benefits and make big time spending decisions. That's always been true so it should surprise no one at all. And tied at the hip to the Mayor's pet project is the guy who whips everyone into shape---the City Manager. I've witnessed it in the 5 cities I've worked for over the years. A friend of mine (and previous City Manager in another State) was going to write a book..."The 10 things your Mayor doesn't want you to know"...but he passed away a few years ago before writing it. (I was going to contribute to one of the chapters in it.)

    It's no different at the State Legislature or in the "Regional Councils" that seem to dictate what your city can and cannot do in the interest of "Regionalism." Lobbyists love this arrangement. The only better gig is to be elected to Congress.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    June 17, 2017 10:49 p.m.

    Of course it was used for their pet projects. That is how things on the hill work.

    Someone needs to do some serious investigating. Where are the reporters on this one?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 17, 2017 9:50 p.m.

    The stench from this slush fund is strong.

    The name of Greg Curtis seems to surface in a lot of stories about questionable practices. It seems that more digging in to his actions is needed.

    Anytime the government taxes people, watch carefully how the money is spent. Too often it is not for the purposes voters were told it would be used for.