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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed California Senate Bill 1279, authored by California State Senator Loni Hancock, (Democrat-Richmond) which precludes California tax dollars from being used in future coal export terminals in the Golden State. A long standing development plan by Phil Tagami involving the western part of the Port of Oakland had attracted the possibility of Utah taxpayer dollars in a plan designed to shore-up Utah’s coal economy.
Utah’s Senate Bill 246 was signed by Governor Gary Herbert in March and would authorize as much as $53 million in combined sales tax revenue and Community Impact Bond monies for an investment in Tagami’s proposal. The Utah bill would transfer the use of monies normally directed to transportation projects and included rail and “infrastructure” applications. The author of Utah’s bill, state Senator Stuart Adams (Republican-Layton) did not return calls for further comment.