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Elect transit officials instead of political appointments

Gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson started airing radio commercials calling for changes at the Utah Transit Authority, the first in his race to unseat Gov. Gary Herbert in 2016. "No more backroom deals by career politicians. Utah can do it better," Johnson said in the 60-second spot. Members of the UTA board should be elected rather than appointed by "political insiders," he said.

The public's perception of the transit agency, widely criticized over high executive salaries and bonuses, was largely blamed for voters rejecting the Proposition 1 sales tax increase for transportation in 7 of 17 counties statewide.

What Johnson is proposing is reducing the size of the UTA board to nine members. Eight would be elected and one appointed by the governor, and all would be limited to a single six-year term.

Source: KSL-TV AdWatch on 2016 Utah gubernatorial race , Nov 30, 2015

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