Southern Utah county hides behind huge records request fee to keep citizens in the dark over efforts to build roads all over the public lands-

My hope is this county of inbred idiots keeps losing and wasting money until the public is totally outraged

Kane road battle turns into fight over records. By Mark Havnes. The Salt Lake Tribune

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Southern Utah road battle turns into fight over records

  1. avatar RLMiller says:

    Does anyone know how much has been paid to date? Kane County’s total budget, this as a percentage, etc?

  2. avatar JimT says:

    Be very interesting if this group payed as close attention to the mining fees, or the lack thereof, or the socialist/welfare public land ranchers and the sweetheart deal they have been getting for decades.

  3. RLMiller,

    If I understand your question, I think that is what the group is trying to find out — how much has been spent?

    • avatar RLMiller says:

      From the SLT story this AM, the person asking for the records got about half the information in the form of spreadsheets. I can’t tell from the story (annoyingly vague IMO) if that means half the total amount, or the sum total without the backup, or something else. I also can’t tell the Kane County general budget from review of its website. Hence the followup questions.

      I am going out on a limb here, but am guessing that litigation is being financed elsewhere. This is a very small county (6K souls?) with, probably, an equally small budget and a very large litigation habit.

    • RLMiller,

      You are probably right. You might get information by investigating off-road vehicle group news and right wing law firms who work on RS 2477 litigation.

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