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Mitt’s Mouth
He is happy to take Utahns’ money (walking away with $1.1 million in the most recent presidential fund-raising reports). And when he’s in town, he’s happy to be a Mormon. But Utahns might want to listen to what Mitt Romney says about them when he thinks they’re not listening. In fund-raising letters, Mitt portrays himself as the guy on the white horse who snatched Olympic success from the jaws of country-bumpkin managers. New ads from the Massachusetts Democratic Party quote Romney’s thoughts on Utah in 2002: “I lived in a place that was a one-party state that was primarily Republican, and I thought, ‘Won’t that be nice?’ The answer is, ‘No.’” Maybe he didn’t like the movie selection in his hotel room.

Stadium Bacon
The benevolent leaders of Sandy have decided not to swipe a soccer academy from Salt Lake City—at least not on paper. Following objections, Sandy has removed language from its development deal with Real Salt Lake that called for Real’s “best efforts” to locate a planned international soccer school in Sandy. Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and some state lawmakers claim Real leaders promised the academy to Utah’s capital as a way of ensuring Salt Lake City’s support for $35 million of soccer stadium subsidy. Meanwhile, the dealmakers of Sandy knew to get everything in writing. The city’s proposed contract still gives Sandy a stadium suite and naming rights to the potential future “Tom Dolan Memorial, In Your Face, Rocky” stadium.

Pay Out
The Jordan School Board handed new ammunition to those pushing a potentially disastrous district split by voting to quadruple their own pay. A new Utah law lifting a previous $3,000 cap on board pay went into effect July 1, and Jordan’s leaders didn’t waste any time voting to hike their salary to $12,000. Board members who decide to stop there can console themselves that they will be getting future pay hikes to keep up with inflation and that their health insurance is free. Members who don’t want the health insurance can take $17,000 instead, driving their pay to near $30,000. The number is difficult to swallow given that new teachers are paid about that—and they recently saw their health premiums double.
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