Rusty Rogers Local columnist

Rusty Rogers

Local columnist

Wyoming has been called the most independent socialist state in the nation. It is true that we receive benefits far in excess of the taxes we pay, but calling us socialists is a good way to get a black eye. Specially, from me!

Most of the taxes paid in the state are paid through mineral royalties. That does not make us socialist, those properties are public lands within the boundaries of the state. Most eastern states have little or no public land because the notion did not arrive until later in our settlement. The Constitution makes it clear that the federal government is not allowed to own land other than for specific reasons and uses.

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