Bishop applauds Utah legislature’s public lands moves

Republican First District Congressman Rob Bishop says he likes what the Utah legislature did during its latest session by way of pushing the concept of federalism, especially with the public lands issue. On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday, Rep. Bishop said he feels the legislature took the right approach. “By talking about what having 70% of the state owned by the federal government, or by government, showing what that means to our inability to adequately fund our education system,” Bishop said. “Thirty-eight eastern states have, over the last decades, had twice the amount of money they’ve been able to put into their education system than the 12 public land states in the west. “And there’s almost a correlation of the states that have a hard time funding education with those states that have the most amount of federal lands.” Bishop faces opposition from two fellow Republicans in his bid for re-election: Jacqueline Smith and Leonard Joe Fabiano. Democrats also have two candidates: Donna McAleer and Ryan Combe.

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