Bill would waste taxpayer dollars


The Arizona Legislature is pushing a bill that would waste hundreds of thousands or more of taxpayer dollars and expand unnecessary government; all while endangering Arizona’s public lands.

House Bill 2557, Establishing the Joint Study Committee on Foregone Tax Revenue from Public Lands Held by the Federal Government, is unnecessary legislation that will waste taxpayer money. That committee could cost up to a million taxpayer dollars to create.

Gov. Ducey already signed a law to create this type of committee in 2015 and is anticipating a report from that committee by December 2019. It would be prudent to hear the results of that report before contemplating any further action.

As a state, we benefit from more than $1 billion in annual revenue through our outdoor recreation industry. This is in large part a result of visitors enjoying the many national parks, national monuments and national forests in our state along with our great state parks and trails.

I would much rather see us invest the million dollars that would be wasted in the creation of this committee instead to upgrading aspects of our state parks and trails system that could use the additional revenue from the Legislature. Or maybe re-open the rest stop on the Beeline!

Joe Miller, Payson

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