To: John Knotwell, Scott Sandall, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Justin Fawson, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Mike Schultz, Paul Ray, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Timothy D. Hawkes, Raymond Ward, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Sandra Hollins, Rebecca Houck, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Lee Perry, Fred Cox, Sophia DiCaro, LaVar Christensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Lynn Hemingway, Daniel McCay, Kim Coleman, Earl Tanner, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Keven John Stratton, Robert Spendlove, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, Melvin Brown, Kraig Powell, Scott H. Chew, Kay Christofferson, Brian Greene, Derrin Owens, Val Peterson, Bradley Daw, Keith Grover, Jon Stanard, Dean Sanpei, Norm Thurston, Francis Gibson, Michael McKell, Marc Roberts, Merrill Nelson, Brad King, Kay Mciff, Brad Last, John Westwood, mnoel, Lowry Snow, Don Ipson,
Subject: HB 246
Date: Tue Mar 08 17:27:21 MST 2016
Dear Utah House Representatives,
As a concerned citizen, I am very concerned about this session’s legislative decisions. That my state legislators could not find a mere $2 million to update the DAQ’s budget ~so that they might have enough funds to accomplish what they are intended to~ but you are willing to fork over more than $50 million to purchase a coal port in California, is despicable.
Sneaking HB 246 in at the last minute is just that, sneaky. It only encourages citizens to question the ethics of our legislators, especially those who propose legislation that would directly benefit themselves and their own financial interests.
What happens to these state funds when California citizens and politicians fight against this project? Which they will. Can Utah recover its “investment” if the project fails? How can the State justify spending CIB funds, royalties from fossil fuel industries, money meant to improve the safety and quality of life of the local communities affected by fossil fuel extraction, how can we honestly justify spending their money on an investment out of state? Many are calling this an elaborate money-laundering scheme, and are calling out the flat out illegality of using CIB funds, narrowly intended for local improvements, as a financial investment in another state to benefit those who proposed this legislation. It is unethical, there are conflicts of interest, and it is illegal. If Utah allows this through, they are robbing local money from the people and subsidizing the coal industry with it.
It is embarrassing that Utah is LAST in the nation for per-pupil spending. It is embarrassing that we contend with Beijing for worst air on the planet, every winter. It is embarrassing that our legislators claim we don’t have the funds to protect public health from air pollution, but we have money to play investment banker to the coal industry, and allow grossly high tax breaks to oil companies.
Who is left to represent the People when Industry so clearly owns our legislators?
Please do not allow HB 246 to pass.