Tag Archives: Transportaion

Ferndale to vote on gas tax increase as Ferndale City Council considers approval of an additional taxing authority for Parks

Last year the voters of Ferndale overwhelming rejected a massive tax increase for new capital projects for public schools. The voters did approve to tax themselves for a new library in 2012 and to increase their sales tax for road improvements through a special taxing mechanism called, Transportation Benefit District. Special Tax Districts allow people and political leaders to cherry pick what are the most favorable areas to ask voters to approve establishment of a new special tax district with taxing authority. Why is that a problem? Well, they do not apply a ceiling to the amount of taxes that accumulate, elected officials can legislatively move money from one special fund into another based on their legislative authority, as was recently done by the Whatcom County Council when they set up a Parks Special Revenue fund with tax dollars taken from the Conservation Futures Funds (funds which the voters of Whatcom County approved specifically for the purchase of private land for public use), and they are often the vehicle used to incrementally expand their ability to tax as they broaden the taxing district boundaries, using the same type of selective cherry-picking for voters to vote to approve their inclusion within the special taxing district. It’s the slow, drip-drip-drip …

Read More »

King County to set to give out lumps of coal for Christmas…

Keeping abreast of misinformation can be a challenge.  For the average person this is understandable, but to accept this much misunderstanding from political leadership is one of the major reasons there is growing distrust in government.  Couple this with a growing ignorance of personal, private constitutional rights and it’s no wonder things are so discombobulated. ~ Kris Halterman Hi Kris, It occurred to me that some of the commentary below might be of interest to those who are on the “Road to Liberty” and follow the SML blog. Nansen Malin, the Washington State Director for Americans for Prosperity is either from Grays Harbor County or nearby, and has been very active in the efforts to support the proposed shipping terminal in the Longview area. She wrote the second piece below. From: Rick Forschler Sent: Friday, December 06, 2013 11:43 AM Hi Folks, Please see the message below from Nansen Malin, Washington State Director of Americans for Prosperity.  Environmental activists are claiming that Greenhouse Gas Emissions caused by coal are so impacting our climate that we should prohibit even the transport of coal through Washington State.  While King County itself is not in a position to approve or deny the movement …

Read More »

State Sen. Ericksen Op-Ed to Seattle Times – Seattle Times declines publication?

This evening State Senator Doug Ericksen sent out a link to the op-ed piece he submitted to the Seattle Times.  Why?  Because the Seattle Times declined to publish it.  Citizen journalists and bloggers can easily fulfill the obligations when other major media resources refuse to. ~ Kris Halterman Washington needs a comprehensive approach to transportation — not “Ready, Tax, Aim” By Sen. Doug Ericksen Yet again the Seattle Times has missed the boat — or in this case the ferry — with regards to building infrastructure. In a recent editorial, it advocates for a “Ready, Tax, Aim” method of developing a statewide transportation package. While the Times’ approach won’t come as a surprise to Washingtonians outside the Space Needle’s shadow, or to the thinking conservatives who see the Needle every day, it also isn’t what our state needs right now. The Times dismissively says that the statewide transportation meetings being led by the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus must be more than a “listening tour.” In reality, the meetings would be more accurately referred to as a Leadership, Education, Solutions, and Action tour. Our goal is to ensure the public is educated about our current transportation system, and that any legislative …

Read More »

Whatcom Wins? Resolution to Oppose Development "On or Near" Cherry Point Approved by Local Democrat Central Committee

Apparently there’s going to be little fan-fare, or media attention given to the July 18th, 2013 resolutions adopted at the Whatcom County Democrat Central Committee meeting.  There was overwhelming approval for these three resolutions, of which two did receive Bellingham Herald media attention, but not the Resolution to Honor the Lummi Nation’s Sacred Lands and Waters of Cherry Point. It’s hard to understand why a party that says it supports labor would approve this resolution?  Especially, since it is well in advance of receiving the results from the State of Washington’s environmental impact statement (EIS), which has been given carte blanche to scope the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) project impacts from an unprecedented global viewpoint.  The Department of Ecology will be looking at the effects that this project will have on train traffic, coal, site-development, employment, natural resource uses and so many other hoops-for-them-to-jump, that it would create one, huge run-on-sentence; all at an unprecedented global level.  But, what is an even greater quandary to me is; Why do the local labor halls continue to organize and support a party that has, and continues to chase out legal, viable, manufacturing and production jobs from Whatcom County?  According to my sources, the …

Read More »

Coal Terminals and the Enconomy

Coal Terminals and the Economy; by Lorraine Newman This morning as I was listening to the economic news I suddenly realized that the very people who are opposing the Coal Terminal have made it economically necessary to build a coal terminal. For the last 30 years this group of individuals has brought one single issue to the voting booth: Environmentalism. They have been very successful in their single issue advocacy. Their mantra became environmental disaster is around the corner. Their solutions were government spending on experiments in windmills, solar panels, ethanol, and electric cars and creating restrictions on land and water use. Much money has been spent and many rules made under the heading of protecting the environment. Our government is now in debt. Although we have cleaned up some old environmental problems we have no real environmental breakthroughs to show from our governmental spending. The heavy restrictions placed on the private sector have cost jobs and therefore tax dollars (revenue). These failed programs have contributed to our debt, but more than that single issues take the eyes of the voting populace off the ball of the economy. The result is our government has a $16 Trillion debt of which …

Read More »