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Subject: No Lake Powell Pipeline funding - oppose SB 80
Date: Mon Feb 08 02:40:18 MST 2016
Dear Utah Representative:
Please see my recently published Deseret News letter-to-the-editor below opposing continued funding for the Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP) in SB 80.
I am very disappointed that LPP proponents are arrogantly refusing to answer key questions and are spending public funds to hire expensive private lobbyists to lobby for more public LPP funds.
Thank you for your consideration.
St. George UT
By Carolyn Borg
For the Deseret News
Published: Friday, Feb. 5 2016 12:05 a.m. MST
The Lake Powell Pipeline raises serious concerns for many Utahns, but lobbyists are ensuring that it remains an issue.
The water districts pushing the Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP) are putting “the cart before the horse.” They want to transfer millions of our transportation tax dollars in SB 80 to continue promoting this multi-billion-dollar project without trying cheaper and more reliable alternatives first.
The legislative auditor general, 21 Utah university economics professors and Governor Herbert’s 2016 water budget have all raised serious LPP related questions.
However, instead of answering these questions, LPP proponents are spending public money to hire expensive private lobbyists to lobby for more LPP funding in SB 80.
Our leaders should walk their fiscal conservatism and free market economics talk. They should end property tax subsidies that conceal the true costs of water and implement tiered-pricing to encourage more effective water conservation. Doing so would remove the alleged need for the LPP, avoid risking billions of tax dollars and meet the water needs of Kane and Washington counties.