For Immediate Release: March 5, 2018
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
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House Democrats Denounce Proposed Donald Trump Highway
SALT LAKE CITY - Today the House Democratic Caucus spoke out against HB 481, “Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway Designation,” as a blatantly political and divisive act that most Utah citizens do not support. The House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing Committee Voted 9 to 2 in favor of the bill. The bill now goes to the House for consideration.
House Minority Leader Brian King said, “Democrats are opposed to renaming one of Utah’s most beautiful scenic routes after an American president who has: openly bragged about sexually assaulting women; normalized lying and demonizing the press; failed to denounce dangerous hate groups; shown little integrity; shown more loyalty to Russia than to the United States; and who has shown contempt towards immigrants, minority groups, and anyone who does not share his nationalistic, zero-sum view of the world.”
As the bill requires the Department of Transportation to install signage to reflect the name change, Representative King added, “The fiscal impact of installing signs on this highway should consider the significant continuing expense of replacing or fixing stolen, damaged, and vandalized signs. This would be a significant drain on the UDOT budget.”
Representative Arent spoke to the possible economic impact this bill could have on our state, “Utah has become a top destination for those drawn to our lands, wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities. The outdoor recreation industry is an integral part of our state culture and tourism is a key piece of our state’s economy. I am concerned that guests to our state will not want to drive on a highway with this name. Frankly, some of them could be offended.”
Representative Briscoe said, "We usually rename public highways for people who have provided a lifetime of positive public service, sometimes posthumously. President Trump has not even completed half a term in office and his legacy is clearly open for question. He has certainly not shown a lifelong legacy of supporting public lands, and many would question whether he shares the values and beliefs of Utahns."