Tuesday, June 20, 2006

2015: A State Odyssey

I was at a press conference today where a group of local businesspersons formally asked the Governor to call a special session to grant SL, Davis, and Weber Counties the ability to increase sales taxes to pay for a fast- track transportation infrastructure program to be completed by 2015. The group claimed good communication with the Governors office, but the special session will not happen: 1) The legislature won't convene a special session to consider raising taxes during in an election year 2) Special sessions are typically called when there is (or seems to be) an emerging consensus on a solution that needs to be implemented before the general session. 3) Governor Huntsman doesn't want to be the Governor who called two sessions in two months, but couldn't get anything done in either of them. It's possible the business group has called for a special session not because they think they can get one, but just to get a debate going early and publicly in preparation for a vigorous general session battle.

5 Comments:

Blogger Charley Foster said...

I see Golden noticed.

6/21/2006 06:41:00 AM  
Anonymous john marlor said...

This group wants the rest of us to pay more for something we didn't want in the first place. Correct me, please, if I am wrong the voters did not approve the mass transit thing, but it was shoved down our throats anyway by UDOT and other powers who could care less about what the public wants. Let this group of business people foot the bill and not be allowed to pass the cost on to the rest of us. This is the question should I drive the 10 miles to the nearest trax place to wait for the train or should I drive the 10 miles to get to work and just park in the place provided for employees? Should we be forced to pay for something that benefits a small percentage of the population just to help "business men" increase their bottom line? Remember once a tax is in place it may take a hundred years to get rid of it. An excellent example..the federal tax on your phone bill instituted to pay for the Spanish-American War, you know the one with Teddy in it, was finally repealed just recently. Who knew that it would take more than a ten decades to pay for that one. How about the 1/4 cent sales tax to pay for the flooding in SL County. It think it took a good 10+ years for that one to go away. More than long enough to pay for whatever. Just want to know who wasn't smart enough to put that stupid railroad underground and keep the streets for cars and people.

6/21/2006 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Streets for people!? It is against the law for people to be in the streets. Streets are only for cars. ONLY. Well and horses. Horses are ok.

6/21/2006 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger Tyler Farrer said...

Ethan,

I have some counterpoints to your reasons a special session will not be called.

1) The legislature doesn't call a special session. That is done by the Governor.

2) Good point. (yes, this is a counterpoint)

3) Very good point!

6/21/2006 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous john marlor said...

Horses must be the major mode of transportation for the boys and girls on the "hill" because there sure seems to be a lot of horsesh** that comes from up there.

6/22/2006 08:38:00 AM  

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