Utah Organization Wants Congress to Upgrade Olympic Venues

Utah Organization Wants Congress to Upgrade Olympic Venues

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Athletic Foundation wants Congress to upgrade some of the facilities it inherited from the 2002 Olympic Games.

The foundation is seeking one-point-two (M)million dollars in federal funds to build a maintenance equipment shed. It also wants to upgrade the plumbing at the freestyle ski ramp at the Utah Olympic Park.

However, Keith Ashdown, with the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, told the Salt Lake Tribune he sees the request a waste of federal money.

Ashdown said there's no business for federal taxpayers to be paying for a storage shed when there's record deficits and numerous other priorities.

To try to lock down the federal funds, the Utah Athletic Foundation recently hired lobbyist James Barker, Senator Bob Bennett's former chief of staff.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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