Tuesday, February 19, 2008

UTA Bill Advances

Measure that would give more state oversight on UTA advances in Senate

5 comments:

theorris said...

So does this mean that the state will be funding UTA now? Somehow I doubt that will happen, given the extreme animosity the legislature has shown to UTA in the past. UTA, in fact, should be done with it all and change their name to the Wasatch Transit Authority.

JMD said...

No, it will just mean that state legislature will have more power on the board and will have an easier time stealing the money voted by county voters for transit and moving it over to the highways. Our state clowns just want more power.
Sadly Bill Tibbits and his gang of yellow shirts from the Anti-Hunger Coalition cannot see this.

theorris said...

Well, as you no doubt recall, they tried to make UTA a part of the DMV last year ultimately so they can get their dirty hands on that money. It really tweaks the legislature that there is an entity out there that provides a service (god forbid!) to society that they can't micro-manage.

And by the way, if you get a chance, cruise over to ksl.com and read the hilariously mis-informed people who write about transit whenever a UTA story comes up. UTA, it seems, is a communist plot to destroy America.

theorris said...

Of course I meant UDOT and not the DMV in the above comment. The counties in question must be gun shy of the legislature this year not to put up a stink. Is the legislature going to insist they have a State lackey on the board of Park City transit?

google_PEAK_OIL said...

Whenever there is an legislative assault on public transit or another general fund money grab for the road interests, you can count on Sen. Sheldon Killpack being behind it. Sheldon Killpack is going to prove to be a one man disaster for the future of Utah. He works tirelessly to redirect every available resource into what will soon prove to be useless highway capacity growth in the face of our soon to be declining fuel supplies. At the same time he is the driving force behind efforts to weaken and destroy any alternatives to automobile dependency for Utahns. Thanks to the efforts of Sheldon Killpack we will impoverish ourselves building permanent infrastructure to use an all too temporary resource and then suffer the consequences of a workforce immobilized by unnafordable auto fuel and an inadequate public transportation system.
But his actions are sure to keep his reelection efforts well funded by the road lobby. Last election his opponent was practically invisible, yet he felt it necessary to have a full size billboard election campaign poster on Interstate 15 in Davis County.