What, or who, will it take to rescue UTA?

Is it time for new leadership at UTA? With the failure of Prop 1 in Salt Lake County, where opposition to the transportation tax was unfunded and supporters raised $675,000, blame was quickly placed on UTA for sinking the transportation tax. UTA would have been the recipient of 40% of the revenues raised by the tax hike. UTA executives make high six figure salaries and regularyly enjoy exotic foreign trips to research other metropolitan transit systems; consequently, sympathy for subsidizing public transit has fallen. While Salt Lake County voters in the past have supported bonds for things like…

Popular democracy can be bad government

Ballot initiatives are often championed as a “check” by the people, for the people. A taste of direct democracy to offset an unresponsive legislature or city government. In Utah, initiatives have brought down a flawed plan for school vouchers, attempted to ensure independence in redistricting (Fair Boundaries) and ethics (UEG), and greatly influenced popular election changes (Count My Vote). But are they a good way to govern? While the 2007 fight over vouchers stands as positive example of voters rejecting a legislative process, if not the idea of school vouchers…

Is Utah County Prop 1 good or bad for Highland?

On November 3rd the final votes will be cast on Utah County Proposition 1 which reads: “Shall Utah County, Utah, be allowed to impose a quarter-of-one-percent (0.25% or the equivalent of 1 cent for every $4 spent) sales use tax for the specific purpose of transportation improvements such as roads, trails, sidewalks, maintenance, bus and rail service, and traffic and pedestrian safety features, with the revenue divided among the county, cities and towns, and the public transit provider within the County.” Earlier in the year state law makers pass SB…