Bob Williams of State Budget Solutions thinks New Mexico and other states could see the same positive economic numbers as North Dakota where the unemployment rate is 3.2% (New Mexico’s is more than double that), but that Washington’s heavy hand in land ownership is holding us back. Check out his article from Forbes.
Utah has already adopted legislation requesting federally-controlled lands back from Washington and New Mexico has considered such legislation as well.
Interestingly enough, state management of BLM lands which, as media reports have stated, are being overrun by wild horses, could result in more innovative solutions to the West’s wild horse problems. As things stand now, slaughter is the only albeit controversial serious solution anyone has broached. It would be great to see the various states working to find innovative solutions.