A Call to Veto Port Fund Bill

Members of the Stop the Polluting Port coalition visited the Utah State Capital in person to deliver a letter to Gov. Spencer Cox after the legislative session, calling on him to veto a bill that would create an “infrastructure bank” designed to help the development of the Utah Inland Port and satellite ports.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Deeda Seed, an organizer with the Stop the Polluting Port Coalition, Sarah Buck and other supporters, arrive at the Capitol to deliver a letter more than 1,700 people signed, urging Utah Gov. Spencer Cox to veto SB243, a bill that creates an "inland port fund, Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

$75 million that would be set aside specifically for port projects.

In their letter and during public comment, anti-port organizers slammed the funding framework as “anti-democratic,” and an effort to circumvent the normal public process for determining how money will be spent.

“It is deeply troubling to me that millions of Utah taxpayer dollars will be in the hands of just five people,” said University of Utah student Natalie Chamberlain during more than an hour and a half of public comment. “This public money is going to private interests for private purposes to build a polluting port — all done with very little transparency or public input.”