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Feb 15, 2013 | 914 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print


As a conservative. I was certainly glad Dan Liljenquist was not sent to Washington DC.

After all, he is the former state legislative member who spearheaded this assault on law enforcement and their retirement plans. Dan Liljenquist should be ashamed of himself for such reckless policies. 

Police officers are currently underpaid big time in Utah, but then former Sen. Liljenquist removes the traditional police retirements of 50 percent after 20 years and 75 percent after 30 years of service, which funds were promised at the end of their careers. 

Now it is 401K based, and the change was a malicious political move that could have been dealt with differently. The Utah Highway Patrol is one of the lowest-paid state police agencies in the western United States. While on an internship with them in 2005, I personally witnessed supervisors of UHP give up their raises so that regular troopers could get theirs.

These men and women protecting our freeways are hit by motorists often in bad weather, deal with a lot of bad accident scenes and other issues, and the least we the public and our state legislative members can do is to give them back the pensions they deserve, and maybe one day Gov. Herbert will give them a pay increase instead of to the school teachers. 

I guess the UEA (Utah Education Association) has more pull then the UHPA (Utah Highway Patrol Association.)

A state trooper’s starting salary with two kids and a spouse qualifies them for food stamps.

Motorists on Utah freeways need to move over and slow down when passing troopers pulled off the side of the road. Troopers have families to go home to, and these families also deserve a well-earned retirement, because they have to deal with the thought that a father or a mother, husband or a wife, may not make it home at the end of their shift. 

Glad to see Dan Liljenquist pursued his own political agenda, over the needs of our hard-working law officers and their families, and it is a real shame. 

Cory Green 


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