Tag Archives: federal lands

Podcast: the states vs. the feds on public lands

Listen to Carl Graham, director of Sutherland’s Coalition for Self-Government in the West, in a podcast about control and use of public lands. Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, Donald J. Kochan of Chapman University School of Law, and David Garbett … Continue reading

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A reminder of Utah’s lost energy opportunities

This just in! There’s energy in the ground, and there’s money and jobs to be had in energy. OK, maybe that’s old news. Not that it matters that much in Utah anyway, where the ground is mostly owned by the … Continue reading

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Watch live stream: Sutherland’s Carl Graham to speak at Heritage on Western states

Watch live on Tuesday (June 10) as Carl Graham, director of Sutherland’s Coalition for Self-Government in the West, speaks in Washington, D.C., as part of a Heritage Foundation event. “States of Dependence: Reducing Washington’s Control of the Western U.S.” begins … Continue reading

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Bundy family: Right issue, wrong argument – Mero Moment, 4/15/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Cliven Bundy’s family roots in Nevada stretch back to the 1880s but his awkward articulation of constitutional rights and federalism are hurting his … Continue reading

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Legislature supports public-lands transfer with ‘what next’ bills

The Utah Legislature adjourned this month with a nice package of bills to support the state’s Transfer of Public Lands (TPLA) initiative. Since they’ve already passed a bill demanding transfer, the next step is to address what happens to the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Finding balance: Utah, the feds, nature and natural resources

The state of Utah recently sued the Obama administration over its wild lands policy. The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Gov. Gary Herbert’s take: “Herbert warned that the wild lands policy creates a category of lands akin to wilderness without … Continue reading

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