The Case for Western States Managing Federal Lands, & What is to be done? Robert Nelson, @perctweets

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03-18-2017

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The Case for Western States Managing Federal Lands, & What is to be done? Robert Nelson, @perctweets

"...Utah is unique among Western states in making such detailed information available, but Wyoming and New Mexico would surely benefit even much more, owing to the large increases in mineral revenues they would receive without having to share with the federal government, which would more than offset the additional cost of taking on new land management responsibilities.

The final argument against federal land transfer (often more implicit than explicit) is that, rather than federal efficiency, federal “values” are superior and thus should trump state values. But this argument is paternalistic if not neo-colonial. Some might argue, however, that state political institutions are so flawed that they fail to represent the actual values of the citizens of western states themselves, requiring federal intervention to protect the West against itself.

So why not hold a referendum in western states (those wishing to do so) on the question of whether the federal lands (minus certain particularly significant lands for the whole nation) should be transferred to the state? Let’s see at the ballot box whether the majority of voters in the West prefer the imposition of national management and its values to what they think they would get from their own state political system...."

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2017/01/17/can-western-states-afford-a-federal-land-transfer/allow-the-states-to-decide-whether-they-should-get-federal-lands

Mar 18, 04:22 AM
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Mackie2

Mackie2 - 3 months ago

Tippaine: Mr. J a lot of good shows you have, I don't always agree but I do like having you here! My son went to Montana Western at Dillon I think it was a good fit for a boy from Idaho City, Idaho. Long live the Western spirit!

tippaine

tippaine - 3 months ago

Cheers to you. I saw the smoke from Idaho one year in Bozeman, and speak to Stephen Yates regularly, chair of the Idaho Republican Party. Grand! J

Mackie2

Mackie2 - 3 months ago

Good show! I live in Idaho an due appreciate the nuance of self government vrs. abusive self government. I'm not a native westerner but have lived here for 25 - 30 years. In Butch Otters 1st year I believe someone floated the idea of selling State land on the north-side of the Salmon River east of Riggins which had been a famous rustic getaway leased from the State. That idea was blown out of the water but that threat will always exist.