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Monday, July 11, 2005
I have a question after reading this article about a land deal in Wisconsin:
Now then... with that bit of background, you can now predict that Republican in the legislature are backing the measure, while Democrats and "environmental groups" are opposed to it. Here is the biggest reason that these people are opposed to it:
Now... first of all we could debate the merits of the state needing to purchase land, and having that be a goal of government. I think taking away "purchasing power" from the state sounds mighty fine to me. See Kelo vs. New London for an explanation as to why.
But my actual question is this. If the state already owns the land, then how are you taking money away from the state to purchase it? You can't buy something you already own. That's simply moving title from one part of the state government to another... and ought to be free. This sounds like another bullshit argument along the line of "you raised funding to the schools by 5% instead of the 10% we asked for, so it's a cut". It seems to me like this is just consolidation of public land into one entity to make it cheaper and easier to manage. In other words it will cost less.
So what am I missing?
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