The vast majority of government employees are good people, well-intentioned and work hard to do what is right for Utah, but if I have to choose between unelected officials with power or elected officials with power, I choose the elected ones. Then, at least, I have some recourse if I don’t agree with their decisions.The Long View
And even more undesirable is the increased influence of lobbyists. Lobbyists know process. They know how to secure an appropriation. They know how to pass a bill. They know how to get the new elected official reelected. So the influence and power of lobbyists grows with the advent of term limits. Newly elected officials almost have no other option than to turn to lobbyists for help in learning the process.—Utah Politico Hub
A vestige of 139-year-old water law pushes ranchers to use as much water as they possibly can, even during a drought. “Use it or lose it” clauses, as they are known, are common in state laws throughout the Colorado River basin and give the farmers, ranchers and governments holding water rights a powerful incentive to use more water than they need. Under the provisions of these measures, people who use less water than they are legally entitled to risk seeing their allotment slashed.
There are few starker examples of how man’s missteps and policies are contributing to the water shortage currently afflicting the western United States. In a series of reports, ProPublica is examining how decisions on water management and growth have exacerbated more than a decade of drought, bringing the West to the point of crisis. The Colorado River is the most important source of water for nearly 40 million people across California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, and supports some 15 percent of the nation’s food crops. But the river is in trouble, and water laws are one significant cause.—ProPublica