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David Spring, Program Director for SAVE joins me to talk about two important issues. Why you need to be concerned about the explosion of "ransomware" happening at our public institutions. And, will the State of Washington mandate that we give them access to our personal vehicles to send us a monthly bill for road taxes and why you should be concerned if they do?

SHOW OUTLINE 

Host Vince Buys interviews Todd Myers, Director for the Center for the Environment for the Washington Policy Center, during part one of the program. Part two of the program Vince interviews Charlie Crabtree, of The Fourth Corner and Senator Doug Ericksen about Washington State's education funding. After McCleary and after Washington School Districts gave double digit increases to their schools and teachers; where will the shortfall in funding come from this year? Tax increases? Local levies reinstuted to fill the gap? McCleary 2.0? Tune-in to learn what's on the agenda for the Washington State Legislature this year.

Have you heard of, or do you know anything about the Washington State “Drought Contingency Plan?”

 

 

 

SML guest host Vince Buys will host a debate between Eric Hirst and Skip Richards, at 8 AM on Saturday, Sept. 28th, on KGMI/790 AM radio. Tune-in to hear who-how-what the process was, the need is, the policies that are being developed, and how your rights to water will be affected if fully implemented.

Host Kris Halterman will discuss the 2019 Election Results with Vincet Buys and Charlie Crabtree.


Why did you vote to lower the car tab taxes?
1) You don't like car tab taxes, but you are OK with other kinds of taxes?
2) You don't like it when agencies pull shenanigans with how the determine car values?
3) You think our car tab taxes have been spent unwisely.
4) Of all the increases in taxes this year, this was the only one you could cut.

WOW!!! The tin ear of our elected officials is really something to behold.

It really takes a lot to get through to the Democrats who are running our state. They really do not believe that we have been taxed too much, that there is a limit to the taxes we will pay without concrete results. That we have had enough of taxes that only fund more red tape for the rest of us. It is not just the Car tabs, take a look at the advisory votes on the tax increases from the past Democratic controlled legislature. There is no confidence out here that we will get what we are paying for.

What does an “affordable“ Bellingham look like? With the recent election results and the recommendations of Bellingham’s “Climate Action Task Force,” soon to be taken up by the City of Bellingham (and likely Whatcom County, too) it is really important that local stakeholders pay attention to what’s happening and what’s contributing to the increased “lack of affordable housing/shelter,” in our community.

You may ask yourself, “Why is the Bellingham City Council pushing the Climate Action Task Force agenda on its residents?” The reality is that what is happening in Bellingham/Whatcom County is a compilation of the Delphi Method and the Overton Window.

 

Kris Halterman and Hans Erchinger-Davis discuss what is happening at the Lighthouse Mission to address homelessness in Whatcom County.

Host Kris Halterman will talk to Lorraine Newman about her recent travels through Colorado, Utah, Montana and Idaho. Lorraine will share her perspective on the benefits and hardships of being a small business in a booming U.S. economy.

Podcast coming soon...

Countdown to Election Day -- Debate no. 5 on Saturday Morning Live. Have you voted yet? Not sure who to vote for in the Bellingham Mayoral race? The Whatcom County Executive race? Listen in tomorrow morning to help you make this last and very important decision for the future of Whatcom County and Bellingham.



Nov 2nd – B'ham City Councilperson April Barker and Seth Fleetwood, candidates for Mayor of Bellingham – Part 1
Nov 2nd – W.C. Councilperson Satpal Sidhu and Tony Larson, candidates for W.C. Executive – Part 2

 

Part 1: Candidates running for the Port of Bellingham - Commissioner Bobby Briscoe vs. Anthony Distefano

Part 2: Candidates running for the Mayor of Ferndale - Mayor Jon Mutchler vs. Greg Hanson

Thank you to the show’s sponsor, Asset Advisors – contact Dick Donahue to talk about your long-term financial planning.

2019 Candidate debates:

Part 1 – Whatcom County Council Dist. 5: Ben Elenbaas and Natalie McClendon

Part 2 – Whatcom County Assessor: Rebecca Xczar and John Romaker

 

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