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Proposed Trump Highway May Lead to Nowhere

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 March 2018 01:00 PM

A proposal to name a Utah highway after President Donald Trump has hit a speed bump.

Gov. Gary Herbert says state Rep. Michael Noel's bill to change the name of the Utah National Parks Highway to the Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway is "a little premature."

"Typically, at least in Utah, we wait until people have left office to reward them for the work they have done," Herbert told reporters, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

"I realize the zeal and enthusiasm some have for Donald J. Trump, and I share the enthusiasm where it comes to state rights. But there's probably a reason why we wait five years for people to vote on the Hall of Fame to look at the broader perspective to decide whether it's proper."

Asked whether he would veto the legislation, Herbert, who like Noel is a Republican, said, "Let's see what happens and see the pros and cons and people can make the argument."

Noel, who says the name change would be a tip of the hat to Trump for downsizing the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, told the Tribune he's been swamped with emails blasting his proposal and calling him names.

"Contrary to some beliefs out there, Donald Trump really is a supporter of public lands. He's a big supporter of national parks," Noel said.

Native American tribes and environmental groups vehemently oppose the downsizing.

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