The role of campaign contributions and the awarding of state contracts continues to follow Governor Gary Herbert, who received more than $80,000 from a group of companies that won a $1.1 billion contract. Lt. Gov. Greg Bell was in Logan Thursday and on KVNU’s “For the People” show. He said Democratic attacks on this issue have been below the belt. He admitted, however, that he can see why people are frustrated. “At the end of last year, we were searching for pennies, and then all of a sudden you pay $13 million at the executive level and the governor and the legislature doesn’t know about it, so are you in touch? Do you know what’s going on? There’s some explanation, but still it’s frustrating to people. I’ll just say this is a $1.1 billion contract. The budget was approved by the transportation commission, and in the budget is a line item for protests and contests.” The money was in the budget and was approved, Bell said, and he’s sure the governor would have approved it if he had known what was being done.
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