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.