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A state has the right to control the land within its borders. No brainer, right?
I wrote about this topic eight months ago while I was working at the Utah Legislature. It was important then and it is just as important today.
This post is targeted to any state west of Colorado. Way back when states began to form beyond the original thirteen, the framers decided upon a method of state creation that would be fair to all new states and old states alike.
This has come to be known as the “Equal Footing” doctrine. In essence, all new states must be created and given the same rights and access to land as the old states.
For all states west of Colorado, this has not happened. Many of these western states have serious financial concerns that could be rectified if they had the power to tax “all” of the land within their borders, but they don’t.
If you live in one of the western states discussed above, I strongly encourage you to visit the websites below (click on the icons) and invest 30 minutes to become more educated about this fundamental state right.
We owe it to Ken Ivory and his team who are working hard to protect the fundamental rights the framers envisioned for the states.