The Transfer of Public Lands is the Only Solution Big Enough to:
Adequately Fund Education
Better Care for the Environment
Grow the Economy: both Locally and Nationally
Gain Some Sense of Energy Independence
For most western states, federal funds comprise the single largest source of state revenues – 30-50% of most States’ revenues are federally sourced according to “A Study of Key Dependency Measures for the 50 States”( CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP). However, the U.S. Government Accountability Office regularly remarks that federal finances are “unsustainable.” Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen warned that the national debt “is the greatest threat to national security.”
As stated by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski in a recent discussion on the future of the PILT and SRS programs in the Senate Natural Resources Committee “The federal government is broke here. We can’t continue to pay counties to not utilize the lands within their boundaries. … You need to be able to access the resources that are on your lands. We either need to utilize our federal lands to generate the revenue and the jobs for our rural communities or we should divest the federal government of those lands and let the states or the counties, or boroughs manage them.” (Sen. Murkowki’s comments can be seen at the American Lands Council YouTube Channel).