The Wednesday Read: Gas Taxes, Morgue, Stormy, & America’s Harvest Box

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today’s topics are:

  • Montana Gas Taxes
  • The New Morgue
  • Stormy Daniels
  • America’s Harvest Box

Montana Gas Taxes:

The Great Falls Tribune reported that Montana cities and counties are being notified of their first allocations of $6.2 million to help fix roads and bridges generated through a bill passed in the 2017 legislative session that increased the gas tax.

In case you forgot, our elected officials in the Montana Legislature last year increased the gasoline tax from 27 cents a gallon to 31.5 cents and the diesel tax from 27.75 cents to 29.25 cents.

I was against increasing the gas tax.Still am. It’s crazy to pay 31.5 cents PER GALLON in taxes. The roads were shitty at 27 cents – what makes you think they will be better at 31.5?

Maybe, just maybe, some of that money will be used for snow removal on side streets which is really a problem. When snow and ice are not removed it harms the roads and creates potholes and cracks. When it refreezes it does even more damage. I’m sure there’s at least one person in the highway/street department that is smart enough to understand this.

Happy driving!

New Morgue:

There’s good news for those of us still on top of the grass, instead of below it!

The Billings Gazette is reporting that a new morgue in Billings should be operational by the end of the year, promising long-term savings to the public, a more efficient autopsy process for Eastern Montana and major work-life upgrades for the small staff squeezed into the windowless facility.

Yeah, yeah, yeah – you had me at “a more efficient autopsy process.”

Stormy Daniels:

On Tuesday The New York Times reported that Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said that he had paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornographic-film actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump.

In January The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump lawyer arranged $130,000 payment for adult-film star’s silence.

Also in January, In Touch Weekly interviewed Daniels and reported that porn star Stormy Daniels confirmed she had an affair with Donald Trump in an exclusive 2011 interview with In Touch, five years before she was reportedly paid $130,000 by the president to stay silent about the fling.

Psst… maybe I’m going out on the limb here, but I think Stormy and Donald may have had sex…

America’s Harvest Box:

The Washington Post reported that Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said they would like to implement a “Blue Apron-type program” where low-income families would actually receive food instead of cash. (WAPO)

That is the Trump administration’s latest proposal to slash funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food aid to low-income families.

Instead of calling it “Blue Apron” because that name is taken, they will call it “America’s Harvest Box.”

If the contents of “America’s Harvest Box” include some of the “delicious” government cheese, then sign me up!

 

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4 Comments

  1. This government as Big Brother “Food Box” idea is just dumb. And totalitarian. And, no surprise, the opposite of rightwing dogma of getting gubmint out of people’s lives. Most of all, in keeping with rightwing philosophy, it is meant to hurt those with the least.

    There are about 23,000 military families on Food Stamps. There are over a 1,000,000 veterans on Food Stamps. So much for loving and supporting our troops and veterans.

    The elderly and disabled are another yuge portion of the SNAP recipient population. But by golly, greater emphasis must be put on work incentive so “those people” will “deserve” them.

    People don’t seem to realize that recipients receive a sliding scale of SNAP based on your income. Some recipients will get a mere $5 a month. How big is that box gonna be?

    The biggest thing people need to always remember when they’re listening to Republican candidates:
    SNAP,TANF and other assistance programs ARE NOT entitlements.

    SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICARE are ENTITLEMENTS.

    When people scream about cutting entitlements they are talking about CUTTING SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICARE.

    • Doug – good points. Thanks. – JmB

  2. The problem with sales taxes is still, pay more what for. You pay the tax everyday, gas taxes, and you do not see a benefit every day. Voters will never pass a sales tax.

    • Dave -Thanks. You are correct about a sales tax. I am against that, too. The legislature seems to be able to “fee” increase us to death, though. -JmB


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