Bishop, Herbert back Utah's attempt to wrest public lands from feds

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  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    Article: "Congressman Rob Bishop often shows colleagues and policy makers from the East a map of how little taxable private property there is in Utah compared to other states."

    I certainly hope Rep. Bishop doesn't try this stunt with his Congressional colleagues Andy Harris (R-MD) or Jon Runyan (R-NJ). Utah has more taxable private property than either of their states. In fact, Utah has about the same amount of private property as both of their states combined. Rep. Bishop's own congressional district alone has more private property than four states (RI, DE, CT, HI) and maybe even a fifth (NJ). Kane, Garfield, and San Juan counties, some of the loudest complainers when it comes to federal lands, have combined private land holdings exceeding the land area of Rhode Island.

    If the Utah economy is suffering, it is not due to lack of taxable private land.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Feb. 24, 2012 6:59 a.m.

    When this "message" is thrown out please send the bill to Mr Bishop, Ivory and Herbert. (John Swallow too), I cant afford to spend my hard earned tax dollars on a message.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 8:42 p.m.

    These lands don't belong to Utah even though they are within the state. Utah is not a sovereign nation. It's a state in the United States. Federal lands are held in trust for the American people. If the welfare ranchers and welfare drillers want land they should go buy it.

  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 23, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    Ivory sponsers the bill. Surprising! What dont you fellas understand about federal lands? I'll leave it to the feds, instead of Ivory and his ilk who want to profit from our lands. This land is your land, this land is my land, Your not gonna steal it So forget about it.