Olympia

Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 1, 2017

42nd District Representatives Luanne VanWerven and Vincent Buys, join host Kris Halterman, to share an update on what’s happening in Olympia this session. What has or is likely to pass? Will they pass a budget that resolves the McCleary decision? What are the details for changing local property tax levies to state property tax levies, to comply with the McCleary decision? Will the Hirst Fix be realized this session?  

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The Hirst Fix – 40th Dist. Representative Kristine Lytton Denies Support for SB 5239

As many of the readers of Liberty Road know, we’ve advocated for personal property rights, most importantly water rights, since we began covering property rights issues in 2012. The Washington State Senate recently passed  SB 5239, to address the moratoriums put in place to address the Washington State Supreme Court (WSSC) ruling on the “Hirst, Harris, Stalheim, Brakke, Melious, and Futurewise,” lawsuit that has upended rural properties across this state. That bill is now in the State House, and has a lot of support from the 42nd District Representatives. Our 40th District Representatives have failed to help move this legislation forward to bring it to the floor for a vote. Specifically, Rep. Kristine Lytton, 40th Dist., is not representing you. Why? Is it because she is using this water issue as leverage to get tax increases passed for the McCleary Public Education case? McCleary, is another of the WSSC’s judicial overreach that is going to cost the tax paying citizens of Washington State “billions” of dollars in increased spending. Did you get your 2017 Property Tax bill? How much did your public education portion of your property tax bill increase for 2017? Are you willing to gamble your water rights on another property …

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 18, 2017

Part One: Host Kris Halterman interviews Steve McLaughlin (former candidate for Public Lands Commissioner) about the proposal to re-introduce the Grizzly bear into Washington State. Part Two: Host Kris Halterman discusses the numerous Exempt-Well bills being proposed, to resolve the Hirst lawsuit, as they work their way through the legislative processes in Olympia.

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 7, 2016

Part One: Host Kris Halterman will discuss I-1501 with Jeff Rhodes, of the Freedom Foundation. What will the outcome of passage of this measure be for Washington State? Part Two: Host Kris Halterman will discuss the failed attempt to put a graduated income tax on the ballot for the City of Olympia, WA., with Jason Mercier, Director for Center for Gov. Reform, at the Washington Policy Center. Also, what does Jason see for the 2017 session in Olympia for lawmakers to pass a capital gains tax, or an income tax in Washington State?

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States Rights vs. Tribal Rights ~ What Difference Does it Make Now?

With the recent events regarding the Washington State Supreme Court, exempt private-wells, moratoriums on permitting for properties requiring exempt well for potable water, and property rights violations in general…Elaine Willman, author and of Cherokee heritage herself, shares her extensive insight on how our local, state, and federal governments have failed to study and understand the details of this complicated issue. Elaine had granted Liberty Road the rights to publish her article. Part One of her article was published in the LaConnor Weekly. Part Two will be published next week. Liberty Road has published both parts for our readers and followers, here. Are Your Elected Officials Forsaking You? By Elaine Willman, MPA* Let’s get one thing clear:  Tribal governments do not create Federal Indian Policy. The Executive Branch, Congress and the Courts do. Tribal government officials, lobbyists and legal counsels of 567 tribes have been heavily persuasive with our elected officials at every level of government, but tribes do not make federal/state law. The people you and I elect to every level of office make abundant decisions to benefit Indian tribes, generally to the direct harm of the state citizens served. As example, there were approximately 270 bills in Congress for …

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Contact Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark to Save Industrially Zoned Property at Cherry Point

Sharing this urgent message from a supporter of liberty and pro-economic vitality to continue in Whatcom County. Business and labor supporters of the Cherry Point Industrial Area are being asked to call outgoing state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who will be making a decision any day now on adding the long-proposed fourth pier site to the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. This “cutout” would basically prevent any industrial development and additional family-wage jobs at the site. There are some talking points below, plus a link to a recent article about the issue. Be certain to include that you are Whatcom or Northwest Washington residents. Goldmark’s office number is (360) 902-1001. Incoming Commissioner Franz will look favorably on blocking a fourth pier. Our voices need to be heard. Thank you. The message below is the message we want to send to Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. When I called I stressed the fact that this industrial cutout must be preserved if Whatcom County is going to have any industrial future. Many of you have been involved in trying to preserve and create living wage jobs for the people of Whatcom and if this industrial cut out is not available for …

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 27, 2016

How do they get away with it? Guest Host Glen Morgan, Executive Director of Washington State’s Citizen’s Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR), will explain the shell-game that government’s use to tax and spend your money “as they give it away to their friends.”

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 6, 2016

Host Kris Halterman continues the interview with Dr. Robert (Bob) Patton, on his white paper proposal, “The Case for a National Sales Tax,” the current state of Washington’s taxing system,” and the economic realities of the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) update on salaried workers; how it’s applied to private, nonprofit, and churches.  

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“Save Ozzie” – Because All Pets Lives Matter

Ozzie is 28 years old with the probability of 2 more years of life. We invite you to join us Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 12 noon, at the Department of Ecology’s Regional Branch, in Bellingham ’s Fairhaven District (see map below), to seek answers.  What are their intentions for the lives of all pets in Whatcom County, and Ozzie in particular? Last week we shared a post from a Whatcom County rural resident about her problem dealing with the State Department of Ecology (DOE). We shared Kathy and Ozzie’s post because we have heard rumblings from the county that DOE is expanding their compliance programs with real negative effects on rural lives. Well, Ozzie’s story has struck a chord in our county and beyond.  (See Kathy’s story below.) When a state agency comes knocking at your door it is intimidating. They come with the full weight of the state behind them. You can only hope whatever compliance they are seeking will not crush you. Whatcom County rural land owners are finding there is no easy, quick, or inexpensive way to keep their pets on their acreage when the DOE comes knocking. They are being told they must comply with similar …

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Saturday Morning Live for June 11, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Jami Lund, the Freedom Foundation’s Senior Policy Analyst on public education issues. Jami’s focus at the Freedom Foundation is on teachers’ rights, student curriculum, education costs, unionization cost vs. benefit analysis, and many, many, education related actions that form the future of Washington’s public education.

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