Inland Port: Field of Dreams or Patch of Lies?

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

John and Colby hold down the fort this week talking about the inland port and the Weber County Commission's recent push to get a subsidiary out on west 12th Street. Also, Mike Lee high-fives a fellow Congressional troll on Twitter and we've got Pinkies Up, Thumbs Down.

Episode Link: https://junctioncitypodcast.podbean.com/e/inland-port-field-of-dreams-or-patch-of-lies/

That'll Do, Pig: Sen. Mike Lee High-Fives Fellow Congressional Troll Who Scuttles Aid Bill

Sen. Mike Lee gave some not-well-deserved kudos to Texas Congressman and former Ted Cruz staffer Rep. Chip Roy after Roy blew up the House's attempts to pass a disaster aid bill for flood and hurricane victims and farmers in the Midwest and Puerto Rico.

After many members of Congress had all gone home for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, some stayed behind to attempt to pass the bill sent to them on an 85-8 vote from the Senate. Enter Rep. Roy, who scuttled the attempt to pass the bill using Unanimous Consent (one dissent, no passage) by objecting that the bill would add to the deficit.

Read the report from the Salt Lake Tribune: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2019/05/25/utah-sen-mike-lee-hails/

Call to action: Call Rep. Bishop's office at 801-625-0107 (UT) or 202-225-0453 (DC) and encourage him to support the bill when the House returns to session.

The Inland Port: Field of Dreams or Patch of Lies?

The Inland Port has been a hot topic of debate down in Salt Lake county since it's fly-by-night creation on the second-to-last day of the legislative session in 2018. Below are a few articles that lay out the issue and give you a timeline, ending with Weber county's recent efforts to get a spoke of the port in the western part of the county.

The creation: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/03/02/proposed-trade-hub-in-northwest-salt-lake-city-gets-few-tweaks-but-city-leaders-seek-more-changes-as-it-heads-to-senate/

The first (botched) meeting: https://fox13now.com/2018/06/18/inland-port-meeting-blows-up-over-whether-utah-political-leaders-would-be-breaking-the-law/

The lawsuit: https://fox13now.com/2019/03/11/slc-mayor-sues-over-inland-port-authority/

The tune-up: https://betterutah.org/bill-proposes-expansion-of-inland-port-authority-sponsored-by-appointee-to-board/

The Weber county expansion: https://www.standard.net/news/business/weber-county-official-touts-inland-port-proposal-off-w-th/article_5c421887-8c91-5a7b-9736-c2a42711280a.html

The cautionary tale: https://www.cityweekly.net/utah/attack-of-the-20000-acre-inland-port/Content?oid=13525338

Call to Action: Talk to friends and family members living in the western part of Weber county about a potential spoke of the inland port being placed there? How do they feel? Share their comments in our FB group.

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