A bill to require governments to perform a study before they offer any new service that could compete with private businesses was thwarted Tuesday by strong opposition from schools, universities, the state prison and local governments which said it would cost them big money and hurt services they offer.
The opposition led Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville, to withdraw his own bill, HB94, and successfully ask the House Political Subdivisions Committee to recommend it for further study after the general session.
"In Utah, we have far too much government competition with the private sector," Anderson said. He added that a friend who operates a video uplink company is being driven out of business by a state college offering similar services without paying taxes. He said another friend who ran a wedding reception center was put out of business by nearby governments offering rooms for receptions.