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The letter from Phyllis Gray hit the nail on the head (“Put it to a vote,” May 30). Letting five people decide how to spend multiple millions of taxpayer dollars by tearing down the present prison and building a new one is taxation without representation — forbidden by the Constitution.

The real estate cabal pushing the project does not want a vote by the people of Utah because it would lose by a wide margin. This is exactly why there should be such a vote. Where are the voices of our legislative representatives and Gov. Gary Herbert? Surely they know the law is being circumvented. We won't forget this in the next elections.

Tena Russell

Salt Lake City