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State Rep. Ken Ivory makes a living touring Utah and the Western U.S., claiming that his “transfer” of public lands law contains no provisions for the outright sale of public lands once the state takes over. His cohort on the hill, Sen. Aaron Osmond, just introduced legislation that directs the State Tax Commission to determine the property valuation of all federal lands in Utah and the property tax revenues that would be generated if those lands were privately owned.

The analysis conducted by Utah’s scholarly economists released in early December shows that Utah loses in eight of 10 economic scenarios if it doesn't sell the lands to the highest bidders (i.e. oil and gas companies and real estate developers).

It’s no coincidence that the occupation of most state legislators is "real estate developer," and it should come as no surprise what these “public servants” plan to do with America’s public lands once they gain control — enrich themselves through the privatization of our lands.

James Thompson

Salt Lake City