It's not a waste of time to try and get Utah's public lands back into
State Control as was promised when Utah was granted Statehood. The
Kaiparowitz plateau alone has, according to the USGS, over one Trillion Dollars
worth of low-sulphur, high BTU coal deposits, but thanks to Bill Clinton and his
Stealth National Monument, it's now all locked up to please extreme
environmental ideologues mostly outside of the state, effectively throwing Utah
School Kids under the bus.If Utah could get the coal severance taxes
from reasonable development of this God-given natural resource, it would help
tremendously on the property tax burdens of already overburdened tax payers.It's not a waste of time or "millions" as the previous
writer asserted. It's the right thing to do. Maybe if we get the partier
in chief out of office (Obama took 116 vacations the last 3 years at your
expense), then we can make real progress.
I think that General Peter Cooke is framing the solution for education revenues
in the right way. Not diverting money already appropriated for education is a
logical step. The whole faux Sagebrush Revolution thing that even Jan Brewer
thinks is stupid is a complete waste of millions of taxpayer dollars. Under
the guise of "more money for education" we sue the Feds. Quite wasting
our time Utah GOP. Other solutions to be considered are a regional solution to
collecting taxes from online sales that are already owed.
Where has Peter Cooke been up to this point in his life. Education has ALWAYS
been the number one priority in the state of Utah. Utah spends the largest
percentage of its revenue on education than does any other state in the union.
If he should become Governor, he will quickly discover that it is easier to talk
about this than it is do do much more than is already being done. Thank goodness for our dedicated teachers who, together with generally great
parental support, make this happen!
Let me do it. Better education on half the money is certainly possible.
Peter Cooke: Seldom right, but never in doubt.