The Inland Port

The Inland Port

The City’s lawsuit against the State and Port Authority must go forward to determine jurisdiction over the port.  I oppose the development of the inland port unless it can be achieved with a zero-negative-impact on our environment.  If the port is to be built, Salt Lake City must receive its fair share of all taxes generated by the inland port to offset its significant impact on the City’s already-overstretched infrastructure and to shore up our shrinking tax base.

Nearly a year ago, I wrote an Op-Ed on the Inland Port which was featured in The Salt LakeTribune June 17, 2018. A lot has changed since then, and my stance has also evolved:  The creation of more jobs should never mean the deterioration of our environment. Responsible leadership will always seek both economic and environmental sustainability.

Over the last year, the City finally filed a lawsuit to protect our rights. That lawsuit should have been filed the moment the inland port legislation was passed.

The City Council passed an ordinance purporting to prevent the mayor from filing a lawsuit against the state. That seemed to me to be an unnecessary power-play. I support the mayor’s action to protect our City.

Salt Lake City must be unwavering on People, Planet,Jobs, and City Revenue.

People – Salt Lake City residents have not been listened to or included in the process. Rightly so, Salt Lakers do not have trust in the decision-making for the inland port. Trust must be built and residents’ voice must be heard and respected.

Planet – I oppose the inland port unless it can be built with a zero-negative-impact on our environment. This development cannot compromise air quality and must produce more energy than it consumes. We have the technology to support this demand, it only requires the political will to implement.

Jobs – Economic growth for the middle-class matters.  I’m a leader who will create upward mobility for all people, I come from hard work, and Salt Lake City has hard working people that need to be supported and given good job options, but never at the expense of our environment.

City Revenue – The inland port must make business sense for Salt LakeCity. The State’s proposed terms of 90 percent of tax revenues going to the InlandPort Commission for 40 years is absolutely unacceptable.

The inland port has not been handled well.  However, we are where we are. The most important question is what can and should be done now. The answer is found intaking a principled stand for fairness and the long-term best interests of SaltLake City and the State of Utah.

Having the right leadership makes all the difference. I have the will and the commitment to make sure that Salt Lake City is protected.