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Utah government sector lobbying

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Taxpayer-funded lobbying is government-to-government lobbying. Counties, cities, school districts, public facilities and associations of public employees frequently use public funds to influence legislation and appropriations at the state and federal levels.

This practice is controversial because public funds are spent to lobby for an agenda not subject to direct approval by voters, and outcomes may be contrary taxpayer benefit.

Issues

Several Utah city mayors, including Eagle Mountain Mayor Heather Jackson, Saratoga Springs Mayor Tim Parker and Lehi Mayor Howard Johnson, lobbied the federal government in 2008 for infrastructure funds.[1] Specifically, the mayors wanted funding for east-west roads through cities on the west side of Utah County without having "to be completely dependent on the state" for funding.

The federal lobbying disclosure for Park City shows bills the city lobbied for included increasing funds and power of the city.[2]

Disclosure

Sandy City disclosed that it had lobbying representation through three government sector lobbying associations.[3] Utah's lobbying disclosure laws were rated as "barely passing" in 2003, but this still placed the state as eight in the nation.[4]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

The following is a list of Utah government sector lobbying associations by type:

County

Emergency services

Justice

Municipal

School

Other

References