My Experience At The Utah State Legislature: Part 5, Where’s the Line?webdev
HB 148 – TRANSFER OF PUBLIC LANDS ACT AND RELATED STUDY
2012 GENERAL SESSION STATE OF UTAH
Chief Sponsor: Ken Ivory
Senate Sponsor: Wayne L. Niederhauser
February 21, 2012 was my birthday. It was also the day when very important proposed legislation sailed through the House Natural Resources, Agricultural, and Environment Committee and is now headed for the floor.
What a birthday present! The best present I have received in years. For this post I am simply going to direct you to some resources and ask you to take 30 minutes and educate yourself on this volatile subject.
I just want to point out a couple of things:
- I think it is clear, even beyond doubt, that our national economy is in grave danger. I honestly don’t want to overstate the case, and I don’t think I am, so at what point in the development of a crisis should one abandon caution and begin to more anxiously engage a course correction.
- The Utah State annual budget is 12 billion dollars. More than 40% of that is provided from the federal government. To state it more bluntly, the sovereign status of Utah or any republic is weakened when that republic is dependent on a higher power.
- How prudent is it to continue dependence on a source that is unstable? Do not mature Utahan’s have an obligation to anticipate the future and make provisions for it?
- Can/should Utah be concerned with providing for itself? Is the United States stronger or weaker if the several states are economically independent of the national government?
- By what means could Utah be economically self-reliant?
- Do the current Utah legislative activities regarding her relationship to the Federal government have any application to your state?