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View Diary: Red State Takers: Utah R's fume over cuts of Federal payments to Counties (20 comments)

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  •  This is part of a long term strategy... (6+ / 0-)

    PILT funds go to counties with large amounts of federal land. The solution for right wingers is to take that land away from the federal government and make it available to private industry, thus theoretically increasing the available tax base for the county. But we all know these people are virulently anti-tax so after the land is privatized the counties will never see an increase in funds. Along with the privatization will see the elimination of any and all environmental regulations. Basically it would be a free-for-all for mining and logging companies. I see this as part of a long term strategy to open up these lands to commercial exploitation. It's the Sagebrush Rebellion mark 2.0.

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