Caught My Eye…

Happy Earth Day!

Quote for the Day…

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now. -Unknown

Caught My Eye (CME) is the once-a-week column that is posted every Friday morning. This is when I look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.

Here are some of the things that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Reefer Madness in Great Falls
  • Great Falls’ Sanitation Rates
  • Reading Assignments
  • One More Thing

REEFER MADNESS IN GREAT FALLS:

The Great Falls Tribune reported this week that the Great Falls city commission voted 4-1 to deny the appeal from local marijuana dispensary owners over a Safety Inspection Certificate and to bring forward a proposed referendum package regarding adult-use marijuana sales in Great Falls on the ballot this November.

It was wrong to deny the Safety Inspection Certificate. We need some commissioners who don’t live in the 1950s.

I wonder how many times we will have to vote on the recreational marijuana issue before these dummies understand that Montanans want it.

We already approved it. As the Tribune reported, Ballot Initiative 190, legalizing recreational marijuana for those 21 and older, passed statewide in Montana and by a majority with 54% in support and 46% against in Cascade County.

Maybe if they approved local marijuana dispensaries inside the city limits, they might not have to raise rates for trash pickup (see comments below). We might have enough money to plow all the streets in the winter and place some more stop/yield signs around town.

Read the complete report from the Tribune HERE.

GREAT FALLS’ SANITATION RATES:

Hey Great Falls residents – your city commission voted to increase the sanitation rates. They voted unanimously to do this.

I always think it is good to identify those who vote to increase taxes and fees.

Here they are:

Mayor Bob Kelly, Commissioner Eric Hinebauch, Commissioner Joe McKenney, Commissioner Rick Tryon, Commissioner Susan Wolff.

They even raised the rates for senior citizens. Ouch!

It’s one of those political things that politicians like to do. They raise fees, but they can say they did not raise taxes.

Read an article about this issue from “The Electric” by clicking HERE.

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

Here are some articles you should read…

KTVHJudge halts Montana birth certificate law affecting transgender citizens
I have a feeling this law will be thrown out for good…

APCNN’s streaming service shutting down a month after launch
Wow – that was fast…

ABCTrump ordered to pay ex-aide Omarosa Manigault Newman $1.3M in legal fees
I doubt he has that much money…

ONE MORE THING:

A Trump supporter asked a Biden supporter, “Name one thing that Joe Biden has done to help America?”

The Biden supporter thought for a few seconds and replied, “He beat Donald Trump.”

## HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND ##

4 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. The commission’s sanitation fee hike is nothing. In their Work Session meeting of April 5 they started talking about directing City staff to get busy preparing a Public Safety Levy, to hire a bunch of new cops and judges and support staff and do on. That, of course, was the predetermined goal all along when the Crime Task Force was formed to provide cover for the proposed tax hike.

    And this new commission hasn’t really even discussed the recommendations from the Task Force. Never asked for any supporting evidence for the recommendations, or examined cost/benefit for any of them, or whatever, and have passed a lot of them on directly to City staff. They’ve mostly blown off the whole step in the process of, “is this really necessary, and why, and what’s it going to get us?” because it was a big daunting task, and seem to be just charging right on to proposing the brand new tax.

    • Terry – the sanitation fee hike might be tough for some. Some on the commission talk about Biden’s inflation and then they add to the pain.
      They should allow recreational pot inside the city limits, add a small tax for the city to use. They should not be raising taxes or fees on the residents. Thanks, JmB

      • The state level marijuana law says any local tax on marijuana has to be imposed at the County level, to be split between county and municipalities. Our Cascade County commissioners have indicated they have no plans to do that, IMO because they are already doing their best to undermine the new law and don’t want local voters to see that tax money rolling into local coffers. Commissioner Briggs has gone as far as to make public statements that he’s opposed to recreational sales and has been using his position to make sure it is as difficult as possible, like hiding dispensaries in heavy industrial.

        There was also talk at the recent commission discussion on the inspection certificate about groups working to get a county wide question on the ballot this Fall to reverse the legality of recreational sales in Cascade County, like Yellowstone is doing. So look forward to that. They claim people were sold a bill of goods about tax money rolling in, which schemers in the legislature ensured would be the case by changing the referendum’s revenue allocation language extensively. And now we’ve also got county commissioners like ours in Cascade working hard to make sure tax money never shows up by not even asking for approval of the local tax option. Textbook example of elected officials not agreeing with the majority will of the voters so using their positions of power to undermine the voters and impose their own will.

        And finally also note there is still a recommendation in the city Crime Task Force list for the City to actively work to overturn the will of the voters as far as legal sales, just sitting there festering. A recommendation that appeared out of the blue between draft and final with no discussion and no background and eventually got passed along to the commission as a final “vetted” recommendation. Which of course the commission accepted without question like all the others. Someone on that task force really managed to pull off a fast one and use their position to sneak in their personal agenda.

      • Terry – Great information and background. Thanks. Maybe I’ll send the county commissioners some bags of Doritos. 😃
        Thanks, JmB

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