State Looking to Buy Plum Creek Land with PPL Settlement Millions

by jhwygirl

The Missoulian article got nary a comment, but the lively Billings Gazette (this is a shorter article) garnered a few.

The Great Falls Tribune still has the meatiest piece up, and since it will be lost to its archives, has been pasted up here, in the interest of public information.

Virtually all of that Nature Conservancy Legacy Project land is located here in Missoula – funny that Gouras would go to a Cascade County Commissioner to get comments on the tax implications.

“We haven’t made any inquiries about it, but we were not expecting a portion of that money,” Briggs said. “I am surprised about the proposal, however. I assumed the money would go to the state general fund to keep the balance up going into the next Legislature.

I still find it offensive (and ignorant) that politicals in this state don’t understand that these trust land monies are supposed to go to schools. Is there no one that will speak up for this affront? Because of all the extra influx this year – the Otter Creek money, and now the PPL money – the schools in this state should be expecting some shored up budgets with this extra cash…but instead it’s being redirected into the general fund (and apparently to buy Plum Creek land).

Funny math, I guess.

Demanding hydro-power oaths, I guess, isn’t as sexy.

Gouras had a good eye, though – it’s not exactly clear from the Land Board’s agenda what it is they’re planning to do. This link will take you to the current agenda.

MT FWP is also planning on purchasing – if it hasn’t already – 34,000 acres of Nature Conservancy/Plum Creek land in Fish Creek, located in Mineral County.

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m seeing plenty of irony here.

Discuss.

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  1. Smokey

    I’m curious as to what irony you see here…

  2. Montana Cowgirl

    It’s as if no one is even pretending the money is supposed to go to schools. Isn’t that how the coal companies pitched this whole thing? I believe that schools are actually facing a shortfall this year because of how Republicans rigged stimulus funds. Idiots.

  3. Smokey

    Seriously folks, READ up on issues before you start blogging.

  4. Smokey

    Just curious as to what is so ironic JHgirl?

  5. Smokey

    “I still find it offensive (and ignorant) that politicals in this state don’t understand that these trust land monies are supposed to go to schools. Is there no one that will speak up for this affront? Because of all the extra influx this year – the Otter Creek money, and now the PPL money – the schools in this state should be expecting some shored up budgets with this extra cash…but instead it’s being redirected into the general fund (and apparently to buy Plum Creek land).”

    How is this money from PPL not going to the schools? Do you understand how the trust operates? Did you watch the actual landboard meeting that you posted a link to?

    This money is NOT going to the general fund…again, did you watch the land board meeting? Again, do you understand that by expanding the trust portfolio (i.e. getting more land) that the trust will increase net revenue to the schools from the trust?

    Again, what do you find so ironic? My original question…

    • Montana Cowgirl

      It goes to an account that is “labeled” school trust, but the funds “given” to schools are then instantly offset by a REDUCTION for schools in general fund spending. That’s how.

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