Logan candidates differ on accepting federal money

The conservative Independence Caucus has endorsed three candidates in Logan’s municipal elections: Mike Morrill for mayor, Tony Wegener and Steven Stokes for municipal council. At a candidate debate last week sponsored by 610 KVNU and CacheValleyDaily.com, Stokes said he strongly supports one of the group’s goals of not accepting federal money. Stokes says you can’t quit cold turkey but Logan should wean itself away from taking federal funding. Candidate Holly Daines said that’s unrealistic.Daines said it’s federal money that helps pay for such projects as sewage lagoons, parks, trails and roads. “The one on first east that’s going south, the one on second east that’s going north, those both have a tremendous amount of federal funds,” Daines explained. “So I do support our efforts in the city.”Daines also indicated that the city needs to get back its fair share of taxes. “We all pay federal taxes,” Daines said. “We should try and get our share back and actively go after federal grant money for as many good projects as we can.”Dean Quayle agreed with Daines but Daines noted that Wegener was silent on the issue. Stokes’ opposition to federal spending got no verbal support from the other candidates.

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