The line, “The state does not have the budget to manage the resources the way the Forest Service or BLM does,” is a load of bull coming from a federal employee [“Common Ground,” “Public Domains”]. That’s because the Feds have positioned themselves as the provider of all, and as such, have insinuated themselves between states and taxpayers for the bulk of revenue.
How about we knock federal taxes down 50 percent, have the states correspondingly raise them to compensate as a net zero percent increase on their residents, and let states go back to governing themselves without the constant threat of the Feds withholding funds?
Under the current system, less affluent states think they’re going to get their more prosperous neighbors’ money, while more wealthy states think their reps are going to manage to suck up most of the funds (which is more likely).
If I were king, you’d be on your own, minus infrastructure and defense. But you could keep more of your own money, too.
Jcarlin, via outdoorlife.com