Tad DeHaven

Both sides have a point, but I think there’s a better, simpler solution: let Wyoming and the rest of the states with abandoned mines decide how to clean them up. Why must the fee (i.e., tax) money be laundered through Washington where it’s inevitably going to be manipulated by parochial-minded politicians? The answer is that it needn’t, but getting the politicians in Washington to part with a pot of money is like trying to take a bone from a bulldog. And for all their complaining about federal involvement in state affairs, state politicians love getting money from Washington to spend because it allows them to avoid having to directly ask their taxpayers to pony up.

See this Cato essay for more on fiscal federalism. See here for more on downsizing the Department of the Interior.


Tad DeHaven

Tad DeHaven is a budget analyst at the Cato Institute. Previously he was a deputy director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget. DeHaven also worked as a budget policy advisor to Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tom Coburn (R-OK).