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Subject:  Re: Welfare Ranching Date:  3/4/2013  10:22 AM
Author:  sano Number:  1863320 of 2207701

Here's a classic... a construction and paving contractor scored a short lease on an oyster farm. His plan was to fight the closure he agreed to when he assumed the lease..... it makes a nice seaside addition to the federal cattle lease his family enjoys in the same vicinity....and the tea party is backing him.

snip....."records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the federal government has extended generous subsidies to the Lunny family for decades. The extended family has leased more than 1,100 acres, where it raises cattle within the park. The grazing rate Lunny and other ranchers pay is about one-third the amount ranchers are charged on adjacent private land.

The Lunnys' lease includes a three-bedroom house, a second residence and a bunkhouse, all owned by the federal government but leased by the family. Lunny pays $2,200 a month for the 1,100 acres and the buildings — about what renters nearby pay to lease a single-family house on a small plot of private land.

The Park Service, under political pressure to help Lunny, recently spent $50,000 to replace the roofs on two of the family's leased buildings. Other federal seashore tenants are required to pay for their own home maintenance.

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