Entries by Carl Graham

Don’t take my PILT down, man

There’s nothing wrong with PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) that getting rid of the need for PILT won’t fix. But so long as there’s a “in Lieu of Taxes,” getting rid of “Payments” would be fundamentally unfair and harmful to Western counties and states. And yet, that seems to be where we’re going. PILT […]

2 cheers for the federalist left

Let’s all take a moment to welcome our progressive left friends to the self-government movement. They’re a little late to the party, generally favoring judges and bureaucrats over actually persuading people they’re right. But it’s good to see they have at least a taste for local decision-making when it suits their needs. This Kumbaya moment […]

Deseret News: Legal analysis supports Utah’s law on getting federal land

(Deseret News) A new analysis says Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act is a viable and defensible way for the state to control more of the land within its borders by rightfully getting that land from the federal government, despite critics who assert the law is blatantly unconstitutional. Commissioned by the Sutherland Institute’s Center for […]

The downside (we hope) of hubris

Hubris  (hju·bris)  1. pride or arrogance 2. (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc., ultimately causing the transgressor’s ruin. Or, if you’d like a different definition: Headline: “Interior secretary says Obama may bypass Congress on monuments” And not to beat a dead horse, but hubris basically means knowing you’re right, that everyone else is […]

New report: Energy development on federal lands could add $6.7B to Utah's economy

A report released today by the Sutherland Institute Center for Self-Government in the West finds that, based on high-, medium-, and low-usage scenarios, the state’s economy could add between about $1.2 billion and $6.7 billion and 9,400 to 58,000 jobs annually by developing oil, gas and renewable energy on federal lands within the state. Developing […]