SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – The inland port will move on. That’s the word from Governor Gary Herbert at his monthly news conference.
Negotiations for a compromise bill fell apart when Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski pulled out of talks.
But, under the new law passed this year, the state doesn’t need the city’s approval to move forward.
Governor Herbert says that’s exactly what they plan to do out near the airport in Salt Lake City.
Both the city and state want the port, and recognize the benefit it can bring to the local economy. The issue is authority.
The mayor says she’s concerned about following existing law, and making sure cities are protected.
The governor says he wishes they could have come to a compromise, but says the opportunity is too big to pass up.
“I think we want to empower local governments, but there are some times when the state says you know what, for the good of the whole, we are going to have to take charge and bring people together,” said Herbert (R) Utah.
Governor Herbert says the city still has a voice, because the city council appoints one of the members of the Inland Port Authority.
The next step to watch for is whether the city will take the issue to court. News4Utah is told a decision has not been made on that, and it would be a last resort.