Greg Hughes fires back at Salt Lake over port authority pushback

Speaker accuses city of being 'hypocritical,' 'irresponsible' in agreement with developers

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  • Mighty Mouse Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2018 1:12 p.m.

    Am I the only one who gets suspicious when Greg Hughes flexes his political muscle in an effort to close a land deal? Is it merely a coincidence that Hughes just happened to be lurking in the shadows around scandals involving developers Marc Jenson and Terry Diehl or Rep. Enid Greene's former husband? What am I supposed to think of a guy whose vision to solve the complex issue of homelessness is to use massive police force to run the homeless out of the neighborhood where all the homeless services are located? As a citizen should I not worry that under Hughes' leadership of the Utah House of Representatives last session, several bills emerged in which the Legislature has attempted to usurp power away from the Executive Branch of government?

  • Edmunds Tucker St George, UT
    April 16, 2018 11:08 a.m.

    ''"They will have to come back to the city both for land use and for tax increment reimbursement and apply for approval'' which indicates the Salt Late City, after a century and a half, still hasn't decided what to do with the area. No hurry here for an inland port, it seems. It's right for the State to say 'dance, or get off the floor.'

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    April 16, 2018 4:25 a.m.

    Mr. Hughes can claim all he wants. But the facts stand that just a couple years after forcing the new Prison site on SLC, he then turned around and stole a large chunk of the city for state use. The Inland Port Bill creates an independent agency to manage and profit from this "Inland Port" Giving the state a great deal of tax revenue, While requiring the city to provide utilities and services with zero taxes from the property.

    Hughes needed to be removed years ago, before he forced the Prison move debacle on us, and before this massive land grab that is sure to bring more pollution to this valley. We don't need this "Port",

    And if we did need it, Ogden would be a far better location being right on the Transcontinental Mainline.

  • djc Stansbury Park, Ut
    April 15, 2018 5:45 p.m.

    Would seem to me that the city of Salt Lake would have the right to give away or keep whatever tax incentives it wishes. That is the city's right. I don't think that people (law makers) who claim to be in favor of local government should be taking land from local control. It seems to me to be the dictionary definition of a hypocritical stance. Funny how local government supporters become big government actors when they get the chance.

  • itswhatithink West Jordan, UT
    April 15, 2018 5:34 p.m.

    if you read the article you will see why hughes wants this. Its tied to the % of money that gets paid BACK to developers.....

  • someguyaaron Parowan, UT
    April 15, 2018 3:39 p.m.

    The Salt Lake port authority, if it were to get approved would cost taxpayers untold amounts of money. To even think that this would benefit anyone but the few wealthy is a fabrication!
    People, keep your eyes on this and FIGHT! Against it.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    April 15, 2018 12:24 p.m.

    If it is such a great idea, Hughes should have it done in Draper, on site of the current prison. He couldn't do that, Draper wouldn't let him back in the city.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 15, 2018 12:07 p.m.

    After hearing the Speaker substituting on a Utah radio station this week, he definitely wants to leave his position with this action not having negative reactions.

    The GOP wants to emphasize state’s rights but for citizens in cities have rights too.

    Who is calling the city’s legal process flawed?

    Has the Supreme Court of Utah ruled?

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    April 15, 2018 9:41 a.m.

    This sounds like Republicans are trying to take power away from the city because they want the tax money, their favorite thing. They want to take power away from the liberal bastion of Dems in Utah.

    Remember when Hughes and Niederhauser used their insider information to buy land around the area where a TRAX station was to be built? Does Hughes and/or his buddies already have a financial stake in the development of this land?

    Republicans are always crying that "local control" is the best way to handle things. Now Hughes wants a bigger entity to take land, power and money away from the local authority.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    April 15, 2018 6:59 a.m.

    Salt Lake City grabbed the county's land use authority in the canyon using the extraterritorial watershed police powers the State granted First Class cities under Utah Code 10-8-15.

    Then Salt Lake City grabbed any new city's land use authority in the canyons by having the State create new Mountainous Planning Districts.

    Then Salt Lake City grabbed any remaining land use authority in the canyons by creating the Central Wasatch Commission.

    The Central Wasatch Commission is promoting 8,000 acres of new local wilderness which will create a ski resort monopoly pricing locals off our slopes. $200 ski tickets for New Yorkers.

    If your a small canyon land owner outside SLC, your land use rights are crushed by SLC.

    SLC cuts your water access. SLCO cuts your zoning. SLCO Health Dept cuts your septic access. The Forest Service receiving SLC extra watershed protection funds cuts your road access.

    Salt Lake City is a great city, but could improve.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2018 8:22 p.m.

    Greg, Greg. You won. Remember?

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    April 14, 2018 5:45 p.m.

    Mr. Hughes is the Utah State taxpayers worst nightmare.