Utah and Arizona Demand Federal LandBy Rocky Thompson on May 8th, 2012
The legislators in Utah and Arizona are demanding that the federal government turn over control of all federally designated land in their state, except for national parks and military bases. About 42% of Arizona is federal land and 60% of Utah. The states have introduced legislation to begin taxing the land if it’s not turned over, but it’s an empty gesture. The feds don’t have to pay any money, nor will they turn over the land. And, allgov.com points out, how can the state demand the land back from the federal government, and then ignore Native American claims? Awkward.