Some really great reporting from around the state about the Yellowstone pipeline leak and good, old-fashioned Republican hypocrisy. Enjoy!
This is Hypocrisy, Plain and Simple | – “Media coverage of TEA Party Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen’s response to Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s Healthy Montana Plan has failed to explain that Knudsen’s family farm has benefited from large government subsidies, despite highlighting his upbringing on his family farm and ranch and calls to cut government spending.” MT Cowgirl
Poplar Pipeline spill another reminder that we need to keep fighting for the long-term sustainability of our communities – Senators Tester and Daines should know better. To vote for the Keystone XL without adequately addressing the issue of pipeline safety is irresponsible. Calling the Keystone a job creator and at the same time jeopardizing the health, safety and way of life of Montana residents is not leadership. Along the Beartooth Front we need to keep fighting for landowner rights, for the protection of health and livelihood, and for the longtime viability of our community. It’s a long-term fight involving local regulation, reform in Helena, and responsible federal legislation. Preserve the Beartooth Front
Zinke’s Extremist Friends and Flip-Flops – “On the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic Roe v. Wade decision, and after Republicans in the U.S. House this week put forward, then withdrew and replaced a controversial abortion bill which was co-sponsored by Congressman Ryan Zinke, we thought this would be a perfect time to take a look back at his very confusing and often contradictory record on issues of choice and women’s healthcare.” Montana Street Fighter
State of the Union Address mentions war 13 times, omits food – “President Barack Obama mentioned war 13 times in his State of the Union Address. That’s down from 16 mentions in last year’s SOTU. He mentioned Social Security once, and only as a historical reference. No surprise there. The President just doesn’t like older people. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s still looking for a grand bargain that would cut Social Security benefits to pay for programs for children. He omitted any mention of food, despite more than 46.5 million Americans being on food stamps. He used the word hunger only once, and then only in a global context. Perhaps he thought suggesting that some Americans still need a decent meal would be a terrible affront to the well fed defenders of Wall Street sitting in front of him” Flathead Memo
Should The State of Montana Take the Lead in the Glendive Oil Spill? – “This is what I mean when I say I want the state of Montana to take the lead in Glendive. When the state of Montana takes the lead in the right way the public is in control. I’m sure it isn’t necessary to do this in the flashy way that Schweitzer did but there are ways for the state to make sure they are in control and the public is getting all the information they want.” EOB Blog | east of billings
Wonky Word Wednesdays: Bonding – “Rather than using tax dollars (cash) or drawing down a budget surplus, states and local governments can finance large capital projects by issuing bonds to the public. For the borrower (state and local governments), bonding is an effective way to quickly raise funds, spread-out expenditures across long-term infrastructure projects that typically have high up-front costs, and take advantage of low interest rates. On the lender’s side (you and me), we benefit by participating in a very safe investment and are able to create intergenerational equity (a wonky word in itself) since we all now technically “own” some share of an infrastructure project. Not to mention, we’re supporting the schools, roads, bridges, and other public works projects that make our economy flourish.” Montana Budget and Policy Center
Voodoo Economics – “You’ve probably heard all this before: If we cut tax rates and let people (and especially rich people) hold on to the money they make, they’ll want to make a lot more of it. The economy will flourish, the tax base will expand, and lo and behold, total tax revenues will rise. This notion, that a cut in tax rates will produce an increase in tax revenue, is usually attributed to the economist Art Laffer, who allegedly hit on the idea while drinking with some buddies in a D.C. bar.” Barrett for SD 47