Gubernatorial candidate Taylor Haynes on the topic of mineral royalties; to speak in Riverton Friday
Taylor Haynes, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, plans to speak at the Riverton Library this Friday. Haynes, a Cheyenne rancher, businessman and retired doctor, wants to return Wyoming to “the Last Best Place.”
Recently, Haynes reached out to clarify what our Wyoming Legislature is considering as it relates to the Constitutional relationship that we have with the Federal government regarding our lands.
“Almost 70% of our mineral wealth is on lands that the federal government currently manages,” shared Haynes. “In turn, we give them 51% of the mineral royalties and we keep the remainder. What I want for the people of Wyoming is for us to manage those lands and keep 100% of the mineral royalties.”
“If this was done in 2014, 2015, and 2016 we would have an extra $2.64 billion in our state budget. That easily covers the biennial budget shortfall that our legislature is facing now, and it allows for our state to invest in the future. My vision for that future is to re-tool our education system to allow for vocational and university tracks that create work-force ready students. Managing these lands would cover the cost of that and much more.”
Which lands are we talking about?
“National Parks are not included. What the legislature and I are promoting is managing the mineral-rich areas, where mineral development is already happening.
Does this remove recreation opportunities?
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” reported Haynes. “These lands will not be locked away from the public. The largest misconception is that the lands will be sold. I give the people of Wyoming my pledge:
Any land transfer bill to cross my desk must have a provision to keep that land as part of Wyoming, as long as it exists as a state, to get my approval. – Taylor Haynes
To discuss this and more with Dr. Haynes relating to education, healthcare, economic diversity the public is invited to attend the following event. Everyone is welcome to bring comments and questions: