Resolution of the Alaska Republican Party


State Resolutions (page 29, 30)

I. Budget, Taxes, Appropriations

WHEREAS, nearly sixty percent of the state of Alaska is already federal land and vast portions of the states in the West are federal holdings; and

WHEREAS, the expansion of the federal estate would serve to decrease local property tax bases, disrupt rural economies, further decrease our important natural resource-based industries, and interfere with the basic freedom of owning private property while doing little or nothing to improve the quality of life or of the environment; and

WHEREAS, when certain specific purchases of lands by the federal government are justified they should be after the specific debate and approval of Congress; and

WHEREAS, the Alaska Republican Party is the party of freedom, individual liberty, and private enterprise, and the expansion of the federal land estate is directly contrary to Republican ideals; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Alaska Republican Party strongly opposes any new initiative by Congress to create land trust funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund or any other revenue stream that is an entitlement program or serves the purpose of expanding the already vast amount of government land holdings; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Alaska Republican Party strongly urges that S. 25, H.R. 701, be amended to reflect these principles.

Approved May 20, 2000 at the 
State Convention of the Alaska Republican Party, Palmer, Alaska

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