Utah Gov. Gary Herbert 'took a break' from European trade mission to meet Pope Francis

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  • MissFrizzle Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 30, 2019 7:28 a.m.

    Ask any business man, meeting face-to-face is vital to forming partnerships. Some may scoff at this trip, but it is essential to Utah’s economic development. Business and trade are all about relationships.

  • stand up for truth Lehi, UT
    June 22, 2019 6:52 p.m.

    I have been fine with most things I've seen come from Governor Herbert but much more sceptical since he tried to get the Utah legislature to pass HB441 which would have broadened the sales tax bill to include almost all services. That was nothing more than a con job and would have cost taxpayers big time, unlike his claims.

    Ever since that, I feel Utahns should keep an eye on him. I don't trust him any longer.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2019 1:50 p.m.

    My tax dollars are paying for his European vacation. Don’t blame me, I never voted for him.

  • Hank1950 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2019 10:24 p.m.

    These kind of missions help the economic development of Utah by recognizing the need to court investors from other nations to come to our state. Including meeting The Pope which is just good diplomacy.
    This just tells people,”you are welcome to come to Utah and spend your money and invest.”
    I see nothing wrong with what the governor is doing.
    There is nothing to show he did anything wrong, but of course there are always these doubters and naysayers who always like to find something to complain about.

  • SP Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2019 2:49 p.m.

    The state has about $379 million dedicated to Business & Economic Development. If this trip is typical of where that money is going, I think we need to think carefully about the value tax payers are getting for this use of tax money. I would also like to see the Governor's travel expenses.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 19, 2019 1:42 p.m.

    Kinda get the feeling that Herbert would like to be Pope of Utah. Plus; "Taking a break in Rome from economic development"? I'd love to see his expense account.