This past Monday, a legislative audit revealed that 12 fish hatcheries owned by the State of Utah and run by the Division of Wildlife are “producing too many eggs and fish at too high a cost,” perhaps necessitating the closing of at least one, if not two of the hatcheries. To be specific: about $600,000 in wasted fish eggs, and $530,000 in wasted fish.
This latest bungling is just another nail in the coffin of one of the more potent facades in Utah politics: that the Governorship of Gary Herbert is one of competency and reliability, worthy of the title, “Best Managed State.”
Imagine, if you will, a local burger chain with twelve restaurants spread across a state. Now imagine that, due to clerical incompetence that could be avoided with simple economic know-how, boxes with $1,130,000 worth of burgers rot in storage, unable to be sold.
Now imagine that this clerical error was so egregious that it necessitated the closing 10-20% of the chain’s restaurants. Would you expect the CEO of this company to last very long? Doubt it.
And this is not an isolated incident. Let’s not forget that similar legislative audits this year also revealed mismanagement and incompetence at the Governor’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC).
It’s clear that any new legislative audit is fast becoming Gov. Herbert’s biggest fear. With each passing examination of how his administration truly runs the state of Utah, another block in his undeserved reputation is chipped away.
Today, December 1st 2011, Morgan Philpot announced running for governor because Utah needs a leader willing stand up to the federal government, even if that means pushing the bounds of what's legal.