News: Gov. Herbert facing scrutiny over campaign contributions and a deal to help Utah’s coal industry

Fox 13 News
March 11, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s governor and a number of lawmakers are facing scrutiny in Utah and California because of a deal to help coal exports.

The scrutiny is centered on thousands of dollars in campaign cash flowing to the legislators who proposed the deal and the governor who supports it.

The deal involves Senate Bill 246, which allocates $53 million in public funds for investment into an expansion at the Port of Oakland in California in order to give Utah coal miners more opportunity to export coal to other buyers, particularly in Asia.

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