Salt Lake County is gathering information and citizen input regarding the Equestrian Park in South Jordan. This week, hundreds of passionate users and supporters turned out for the town hall Monday night that took place in the indoor arena. The event received a lot of coverage, including pieces in Fox13, KUTV, ABC4, and Deseret News.
Utah is now the first state to declare pornograhpy a public health crisis. Dozens of Utahns passionate about protecting children from the negative effects of pornography packed the Gold Room in the State Capitol Tuesday for the official bill signing. I watched as Governor Herbert introduced a slew of speakers, including SCR9 sponsor Sen. Todd Weiler, as well as advocates and researchers all echoing the same message: pornography is fundamentally damaging to a child’s development. I’m glad to live in the state that is taking the lead on this issue. I’ve been involved with the Utah Coalition Against Pornography since 2015, and I currently sit on their advisory board.
A couple months ago I asked some aggressive questions on my blog, discussing whether the Equestrian Park was a good use of taxpayer funds. I was basing my thoughts on information I received through our budget process. I was told there was no way this facility could ever be profitable, or even break even. When I saw that taxpayers provide a $900,000 annual subsidy for this facility, I was concerned.
Aimee Winder Newton has been serving on the Salt Lake County Council since January 2014. She is the current chair of the council. Her district encompasses Murray, Taylorsville, West Valley City and West Jordan, and a small portion of South Salt Lake and Millcreek... [read more]