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