Utah governor signs controversial inland port bill

Herbert says he plans on calling special session to make fixes

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  • Edmunds Tucker St George, UT
    March 21, 2018 1:14 p.m.

    Salt Lake City had three decades, a generation, to develop the area, and they could not or did not. Sounds like idleness to me. The Idler shall not break bread with the laborer.

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    March 17, 2018 11:10 a.m.


    "You both know 2/3 of Utahns clear majority vote against SSM was nullified by a judge don't you?"

    You do know that the constitution supporters "equality" in almost everything? This "vote" against SSM was by the religious folks. You know, the ones that want religious laws to be the law of the land instead of the secular laws under which the country was founded.

  • windsor Logan, UT
    March 17, 2018 9:32 a.m.


    "Judges are not elected, they will not decide this. The people voted. Talk to your legislator. They vote for you."

    Riiight. You know weed is still illegal in Utah -right?

    You both know 2/3 of Utahns clear majority vote against SSM was nullified by a judge don't you?

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2018 9:10 a.m.

    It would be fascinating to know the names of the people who will financially benefit from this action who have also been campaign contributors to Governor Herbert. I shouldn't think this would be difficult to find out, and I wish some enterprising reporter would do it.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    March 17, 2018 8:39 a.m.

    If the Governor is calling a secial session to fix it why sign it? This island port bill is strictly an anti Salt Lake City bill . It reminds me of the REAL Stadium choice where Sandy was chosen over Salt Lake City to house the REAL Soccer stadium. All pure politics and at a great loss to REAL and the community. The community around the REAL Stadium in Sandy is still blighted and the promised $700 Million dollar development ( which was a sham from the get go) has long since been forgotten. The Utah State Legislature despises Salt Lake City and their saloons, their gay bars and their liberal tendicies. This is their way to get back at Salt Lake City. I wish Salt Lake City could devise a way to get back at them. I would move to salt lake just to help them howeverthey would choose.

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 17, 2018 7:29 a.m.

    Liberal leaders in SLC disagree with Republicans. In other news, the sky is blue.

  • Spurz ,
    March 17, 2018 4:45 a.m.

    Liberal obstructionists please go back to your old news paper to make comments. This is a nicer place without your negativity. This bill supports all Utahns not just SLC.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    March 17, 2018 4:39 a.m.

    What's so controversial?

    The State wants to develop an inland port. So what.

    Time to mix it up and improve our state.

    The internet, cell phones, and technology now makes it possible to convene the Legislature in each county in its turn.

    We have 29 counties. The Legislature is only 6 weeks. Each county should host the Legislature in their respective counties in a 29 year rotation.

    For too long rural counties have been left out and left behind due in part to lack of access.

    Not only will this balance state growth, grow rural jobs, but educate lawmakers on each counties special gifts and needs.

    Time to improve the Legislative process by improving where the process is hosted.

    March 17, 2018 3:03 a.m.

    This from a man that rails against the federal government for managing land in Utah. It doesn't seem to bother him to manage Salt Lake City's land.

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    March 16, 2018 9:41 p.m.

    Is everything still in need of going through the city's processes? Do developers still need to pull permits from the city, and comply with existing city zoning ordinances? Have any of the city's governing functions been taken away or replaced? Answering these questions would help me decide which side I am on. If the state is no more than the developer, then I see no harm in what it is doing. However, since we know that the taxes have been hi-jacked by the state, it seems clear the state is coming in as more than just the developer.
    What would be wrong with the state being no more than the developer, and leaving the city to keep all its normal government functions? We've heard the state say this is too large a project for the city. If the city only did its normal things, like zoning, and permitting and collecting taxes, how would this be too large for the city?

  • oaklandaforlife Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2018 6:18 p.m.

    And SLC gets spanked once again.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    March 16, 2018 5:17 p.m.

    The governor signed the prison move bill, which foots the bill to build the infrastructure that makes this feasible. There was never any doubt that he would sign this too.

    I'm ready to start voting for anyone who is not incumbent in Utah, no matter what the party.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    March 16, 2018 5:09 p.m.

    The Affordable Care Act, which I supported, was signed knowing it would improve through the years. That is what every bill should do: improve over time. Nothing wrong with signing something and saying, "We want to improve this over the long term." Got to start somewhere. A co-worked once asked Mr. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan, why they should go with his idea, and not theirs, and his reply, "Because I have more money in my bank account than you." And therefore, the state of Utah has more sway than the city of Salt Lake City.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 16, 2018 4:33 p.m.

    "Judges are not elected, they will not decide this. The people voted. Talk to your legislator. They vote for you."

    Riiight. You know weed is still illegal in Utah -right?

  • LWestpointe Community Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2018 4:14 p.m.

    People who have read the details of this new law are abhorred by the State's power grab. This is not a partisan issue and the many partisan comments posted demonstrates an unfamiliarity with the provisions of the law.. Self- goverance, local representation, limited government, and free market are all conservative values which this law flaunts. If you think the authority area is "empty" you have not read the bill . The land grab is so large it takes in whole neighborhoods, existing businesses, the Salt Lake Community College Westponte campus, recreational areas, and even a daycare.. The people living in the area have no meaningful say in this huge project and are standing up for their communities but also for any other community which could be the next target of state developers.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    March 16, 2018 4:03 p.m.

    Inland port is nothing more than Prison move 2.0.

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    March 16, 2018 3:13 p.m.

    "Utah governor signs controversial inland port bill, plans special session to make fixes"

    It sounds like the "FIX" is already in and the boys are just deciding who gets to profit from what and how much they make.

  • Flipphone Sandy, UT
    March 16, 2018 3:06 p.m.

    Sound like an excellent economic benefit for the salt lake area. I'm sure thousands of good paying jobs will be crated.

    I don't see any reason why some would fight this inland port? Besides nothing is there now.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    March 16, 2018 2:10 p.m.

    Judges are not elected, they will not decide this. The people voted. Talk to your legislator. They vote for you.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    March 16, 2018 2:08 p.m.

    Yes, who is shocked that the leftists hate economic growth and activity? It's abundantly clear that those on the left will never, ever be happy until there's only a few people left, scratching out a caveman life existence inside a cave, living miserable, unhappy lives.

    That's the left's goal for all of us, naturally. Except them--they don't expect to live the misery they want for us.

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 16, 2018 2:05 p.m.

    Who owns the land? I know where the land is but who owns it?

  • Frazier North Salt Lake, UT
    March 16, 2018 1:52 p.m.

    Congratulations to all of us! Making Utah an inland port will create blue collar jobs, reduce shipping costs, and continue putting Utah on the map as a hub of business and industry.

    The city government is upset at losing revenue from a project it never started, on land it has never used. Only residents of the city of SLC could conceivably empathize with the complaints; and only out of greed for tax revenue it never created.

    Thanks are owed to the legislature and Gov Herbert for clearing the way for more prosperity to all Utahns. Great job!

  • windsor Logan, UT
    March 16, 2018 1:51 p.m.

    As others have said in response to articles on this: If the mayor and leaders of Salt Lake City are so upset and against this, it must have some serious merit.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 16, 2018 1:35 p.m.

    I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell ya.
    Let the lawsuits begin.