Utah government sector lobbying
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.
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. 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.
Sandy City disclosed that it had lobbying representation through three government sector lobbying associations. Utah's lobbying disclosure laws were rated as "barely passing" in 2003, but this still placed the state as eight in the nation.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations
- Salt Lake County Sheriff's Association
- Utah Chiefs of Police Association
- Utah Highway Patrol Association
- Utah Sheriff's Association
- Utah Association of Collectors
- Utah Association of Conservation Districts
- Utah Basin Association of Governments
- Utah State Board of Regents