There was a resent dispute in Carbon County over gates that went onto public lands. The question was who is in charge of the gates and who has the key. In this case an environmental group has required gates to public lands to be locked in order for the county and other concerned parties from being sued. Some have equated this to a hostage situation.
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Over a decade ago the Utah State Legislature agreed to help fund state prisoners who were sentenced directly to county jail on a 50/50 split. Where both the counties and the state accepted that they each had half of the responsibility. The problem with the agreement has been that the state has never upheld their half of the agreement. The pool of money appropriated to help fund COP reimbursements has been continually underfunded leaving the counties to pay the difference.
The issue has become a perennial issue at the legislature. A five cent beer tax was proposed last year but didn’t gain enough traction to be passed. This year Utah Association of Counties is looking at having some of the revenue that is created by the current beer tax being dedicated to help pay for state inmates who are sentenced directly to county jail.
We will be opening the season by defining Wilderness. Chad Booth will visit with Governor Gary Herbert, State Director of the BLM Juan Palma, Brian Hawthorne, Blue Ribbon Coalition, Representative Mike Noel, Wilderness Advocates, and county leaders to answer the question; what is Wilderness?
We will spend the entire half hour finding out how Wilderness affects the State of Utah and look for solutions to finding resolution on one of the most contentious topics in the state.
When resource development takes place on Utah’s Public Lands the royalties are shared with the State. Part of the money that comes in from oil and gas development is available to the impacted communities in the form of grants or low interest loans. The funds are controlled by a group call the Community Impact Board. Their job is to award money for projects and make sure that the fund remains a permanent fund for future community development.
Would more Wilderness, National Monuments and Parks be good for Utah’s Economy. What is the right balance for resource development and setting aside land for permanent protection.