Governor Bullock wrong to eliminate Land Board oversight of conservation easement

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Eastern Montana shadows by Loren Kerns, CC BY 2.0

By Toby Dahl

Governor Bullock’s decision to eliminate the State Land Board’s oversight of multi-million dollar state conservation easements is troubling to say the least.

No elected official should have the power to spend taxpayer dollars so casually, without any checks or balances. That type of power breeds corruption. That’s exactly why the Land Board exists in the first place—to ensure that big, expensive land deals are handled properly.

In other words, the Land Board was established in our Constitution to prevent sweetheart deals.

Here are the details of the specific land deal that lead to Bullock’s decision to bypass the Land Board—you be the judge of whether a sweetheart deal occurred.