Utah Managing Its Own Lands Is Good For Education

In some very good but very under-reported news, Governor Herbert has successfully negotiated a land swap with the Federal Government. Under this arrangement the Federal Government will take control of some recreational areas and Utah will get control of some land with great potential for energy development. This swap has the potential of adding $1.7 billion to the Permanent School Fund. Income from this fund is largely sent directly to school community councils who can use it to address the specific needs of their own schools.

This is, of course, the tip of the iceberg. 66% of Utah is still owned by the Federal Government and this story makes it clear that Utah owning and managing Utah's land has great benefit for the people of our state.