Just what was that cost? The Trib and the D-News routinely cite the pre-trip estimate, $36,000, but was that the actual cost? This question remains unanswered from last month's legislative "town meeting." During the online event, Voice of Utah submitted this Q that we thought would be easy to A:
(1) What is the final, actual (vs. estimated/budgeted) cost of the recent trip to China by selected legislators?We then received a request to re-submit the question with a real name. Um...OK. Conservative blogger Alienated Wannabe got to submit one under his nom de plume, and the other question VoU asked was answered, so we weren't sure why this particular question triggered a "real name" request. We really did want the info, though, so we asked Ed Partridge from Part of the Plan to risk retaliation by submitting it under his name. (Aren't we nice?)
(2) Will we Utah taxpayers be expected to reciprocate by contributing toward a visit by Chinese legislators?
After that hassle, we thought the information would be provided. Nope. It's now been almost a month since the town meeting -- more than two months since the China trip -- and the question remains unanswered. So does our second one. According to a KUTV report, "[Utah] lawmakers say the Chinese government must have spent several hundred thousand dollars hosting them for tours, receptions and dinners." Will Utah taxpayers be expected to do the same if we receive a reciprocal visit?
These questions don't seem that hard. How about an answer? Especially since, from today's article, it sounds like Utah may soon become Boondoggle Central. Please don't make us submit a GRAMA request under Ed's name, too.