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Thank you, everyone, who has taken part in the 2018 resolutions process. ULCT has formally adopted 4 new resolutions to guide League policy in the coming years. You can see them listed below:

Resolution 2018-001 (medical cannabis)

Resolution 2018-002 (water rights and supply)

Resolution 2018-003 (motor fuel tax)

Resolution 2018-004 (growth and housing)

These resolutions, along with the rest of ULCT’s current resolutions, can be found on our website at



Representative Johnny Anderson’s bill HB 362: Transportation Infrastructure Funding came out yesterday.  ULCT staff has analysed it and provided recommendations for a ULCT position on key aspects of the bill for our Legislative Policy Committee which you can read here:

HB 362: ULCT Analysis & Recommended Position


Chart 1 (St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank,

Chart 1 (St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank,

Buyers took advantage of low interest rates and “Black Friday” promotions to purchase 1.3 million new light vehicles in November, a 4.6% gain from a year ago.[i] On a seasonally adjusted annual basis, the 17.2 million vehicles were the highest in a decade.

Lower gas prices incentivized the purchase of new trucks and sport utility vehicles, which were up 8.8% from a year earlier, compared to zero growth for new cars. “Continued improvements in employment, home prices, and confidence levels among consumers, along with moderating fuel prices, should sustain auto industry momentum in 2015,” said Chris Hopson of IHS Automotive.

In Utah, a first quarter 2014 sales grew 7.1% at $1.26 billion, was followed by a second quarter increase of 5.6%.  (In 2013, Utah consumers bought $5.13 billion of new cars and trucks, up 13.4% from 2012).  Third quarter sales volume is not out yet, but unit sales of 25,950 were up 2% from a year ago according to the Tax Commission. [ii] Dollar sales volume was up 6.1% in July and 5.1% in August.  We are predicting a 4-6% dollar gain in 2015 as double-digit growth ebbs now as pent-up demand from the recession has been satisfied.

Chart 2

Chart 2

[i]  The New York Times

[ii] Economic and Statistical Unit, Utah State Tax Commission

Below is a letter from Utah Transportation Coalition Chair David Golden about how to participate in the Coalition.  You can also see more at their website at 

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Utah’s transportation needs are comprehensive. Unfortunately, communities like yours only receive a fraction of the necessary resources from the state to address all of current and future transportation needs. Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan shows Utah’s cities, towns and counties face an estimated $3 billion shortfall between now and 2040, and that’s just for local maintenance and improvements.

The Utah Transportation Coalition is a group of business and civic leaders including the Salt Lake Chamber, ULCT, and the Utah Association of Counties that are concerned with how Utah’s projected growth and our transportation system will impact our environment, economy and quality of life.  In the future, we want all Utahns to enjoy the best things that life in Utah has to offer, including good air quality and public health, a strong economy, and good-paying jobs. That’s why we’re advocating for transportation investment and a long-term transportation funding solution.

In November the Coalition launched a statewide public education campaign.  Our goal is to help Utahns understand and support our collective investment in infrastructure. We want to remind Utahns, whether we use transportation or not, that we all depend on it.  The campaign will highlight Utah’s transportation needs, from highways to walking trails, from rail lines to stop signs, and show that a sustainable funding approach is critical.

The campaign will be successful with your support. Your investment will join with other Utah cities, towns and counties to cover the cost of the educational outreach. The private sector has pledged the majority amount to propel the effort forward, but business desires to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with local government in this effort. A public-private partnership can make a difference in how we fund infrastructure in Utah for years to come.

The education campaign includes advertisements and communication tools for your community to carry this message to your local area as part of a statewide effort. Contributors to the Coalition will receive access to a communication toolkit of all the pieces we create:

  • Talking points with periodic updates and additions
  • Graphics for newsletters, presentations and social media
  • Ongoing suggestions for social media
  • Videos
  • Fact sheets and utility bill inserts

You can use the items from the toolkit as-is (without additional work by your staff) or personalize the materials for your community. We will also provide a unified message sheet so that we can consistently communicate with our stakeholders and show a unified effort.

For your convenience, we’ll provide an electronic invoice and service agreement for Utah Transportation Coalition participation under a separate cover. Participating cities and towns should provide to the Coalition:

  • IRS W-9 form to verify your Tax Identification Number
  • High-resolution logo (ai, eps, jpg or png file preferred)
  • Contact information for a representative from your organization to receive updates about toolkit materials, campaign information, etc.

Thank you for your consideration to support this unified campaign. This effort will not be successful without the support of cities, counties, and businesses of the Coalition. Together, we can persuade the public and the legislature of the urgency and critical need for prudent investment in our transportation infrastructure.

For more information call or contact Abby Albrecht at (801) 831-6116 or

Thank you,

David R. Golden
Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo
Chair, Utah Transportation Coalition

UTC Kickoff

Happy Friday!  Per Part 1, Lincoln and Cameron went to Nepal with the Moran Eye Center and then explored the Khumbu region after the Eye Clinic ended.  Utah cities spend millions of dollars to maintain a surface road system that allows people, goods, and services to circulate in the community.  Local roads are a key cog in the entire transportation network and the local economy.  In the summer, Utah cities send their public works departments to evaluate, re-surface, and repair roads.  In the winter, Utah cities ensure that snowy roads are plowed and are safe.  Roads are equally vital in Nepal, but the transportation system in the highlands is unpaved, vehicleless, and dominated by porters, trekkers, and yaks.

There are stretches of the Everest highway where the Nepali government has “paved” it, but you can tell they don’t possess an asphalt paver! Porters can carry up to 200 pounds on their backs.

Utah has large swaths of rural roads that connect rural communities and moves goods from rural Utah to the Wasatch Front and beyond. In Nepal, this sweet lady is walking along the main highway that connects all of the villages along the Mt. Everest trek. All goods must either be grown or produced in the village or carried to the village by porters. The highway is primarily dirt—no worries about potholes—and is long and steep. No snow removal either. Notice the suspension bridge behind her.


A bridge too far?

Suspension bridges literally connect Nepal together. Utah cities often build overpasses, underpasses, and other vehicle and pedestrian bridges to connect communities over and around freeways, railroad tracks, water bodies, or other busy roads. In Nepal, villages straddle the hillside and the bridges can hang hundreds of feet above the raging river and stretch thousands of feet across the valley. They are covered with Buddhist prayer flags, and the bridges can bring the most agnostic trekker to prayer. The bridges sway with the canyon winds, and if an animal is crossing the bridge, hold on tight!

When roads are built in Utah cities, the public works department sends heavy equipment, notifies residents of the construction and potential delay, and detours traffic. The public works department considers retaining walls, storm water runoff, structural stability, and other engineering requirements. This Nepali road is the busiest highway in Kathmandu and they are adding another lane. The workers are chiseling, excavating, and building the road… by hand.

Yak attack!

Instead of sharing the thoroughfare with vehicles as you would in Utah cities, porters and trekkers must watch for mules, cattle, and yaks. We never saw any “yak crossing” signs, but you learned quickly that a 2000 pound yak has right of way regardless of whether you were there first. As you may expect, yaks and others leave their manure in the road and Nepalese cities do not have a cleanup service. Utah cities provide poop bags at local dog parks but we don’t recommend expanding that service for pet yaks!

Have a great Utah fall weekend!




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