Conflict-of-interest 'ambiguity' sinks initial Utah Inland Port Authority meeting

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  • Bob B Orem, UT
    June 22, 2018 1:05 p.m.

    He will come after anyone who opposes him on this just like he did the Utah High School Athletic Association over not getting his way with the charter school issue. Can you say abuse of power! Please get this man out of office.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2018 1:58 p.m.

    I have a question.

    Could this inland port project be the companion to the Oakland California coal port that our political leaders invested $54,000,000 of Utah taxpayer money?

    This same project that was OKed by the courts over the objections of local towns and residents of Oakland?

    Could the Salt Lake Valley now be the opposite end or the staging point for Utah coal trains?

    Any one have any answers for me other than silence?

  • WeThePeople Sandy, UT
    June 19, 2018 12:05 p.m.

    There are no conflicts of interest in Utah politics. Other states might have conflicts, and even the possibility of corruption. But our Utah politicians come from a better culture. They are righteous, and can resist the temptations of office.

    We the people need to stop our murmuring, and follow our leaders' instructions.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    June 19, 2018 9:50 a.m.

    It's time to fire up the old Utah Political Bulldozer (UPB) again. It doesn't get much rest. And Hughes knows how to drive the thing.

    The Bulldozer was used when the people didn't want to move the prison out of Draper.

    The old UPB was used again to scatter the city's homeless all over the county (and even into Provo Canyon. Why? Because the property in the Rio Grande District is more valuable now.

    Then, they fired up the Bulldozer to put the prison in the swamp by the airport, though they insured cost overruns as a result.

    That's a lot of developer bull-dozer.

    And it looks like they are going to need it again.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 19, 2018 9:47 a.m.

    As long as Greg Hughes, who appointed himself to the job, is running this show it will be perceived as a horrendous conflict of interest situation.

    While the port itself may have merit, its appearance as a being a self-serving boondoggle for a prominent politician needing a new job on the public payroll will taint it forever. As long as Hughes is involved.

    If Hughes has any integrity, he will resign from his self-appointment and appoint someone else. Surely there are other people who can do this job besides him. Or have we found theone truly indispensable man?

    June 19, 2018 1:20 a.m.

    Hum, maybe a state that is 700 miles from an ocean isn't intended to have a port. Maybe better leave that up to costal states.

  • Elsleuith Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 18, 2018 11:20 p.m.

    Conflict of interest: a situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official capacity.

    If Mr Hughes doesn't know this by now - something is terribly wrong.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    June 18, 2018 6:35 p.m.

    What a fine job our legislators did with this project. They must be trying to give our national congress a run for their money on being ineffective. It would seem pretty simple to write up a set of regulations that clearly delineate what a conflict of interest is. Conflict of interest I suppose could be a bit challenging to define, but like pornography, we all know it when we see it. The smell test is very effective for the average citizen, but I guess the smellers on our legislators are broken.

  • mightymite , 00
    June 18, 2018 6:00 p.m.

    This is what happens when Hughes is involved. Her needs to step down. His connections alone make this a very shady project.

  • J2 Riverton, UT
    June 18, 2018 5:52 p.m.

    Greg Hughes is literally trying to drive the people of Utah crazy at this point. He knows he soon won't need the voice of the people behind him, so he's just trying to shove all his power in our faces as much as possible.

    He's addicted to the limelight.

    Too bad there's nobody to stop him.

  • Don Bixby Centerville, UT
    June 18, 2018 5:52 p.m.

    Conflicts of interest are not hard, Hughes. If there's a possibility of a conflict, you open up and tell people about it. Easy. It doesn't have to even be a real conflict, just a perceived conflict is sufficient. What might anyone come back and get upset at you about later? Write it down, and submit it. The biggest difference is whether those conflicts are disqualifying conflicts that would actually make you not able to serve on the board. But disclosing them shows good faith, so even if you get disqualified later, you can say you were honest and let everyone know up front. If you think there might be one, there is one.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    June 18, 2018 5:41 p.m.

    Let' see the conflict of interest forms. A little sunlight is a good thing.