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  • Dan Fuchs - Could Horseracing Return To Montana?
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    FuchsFormer Legislator, Dan Fuchs thinks it could be coming back and he joins us on Voices of Montana!The Long Range Planning Committee for Metra Park has been asked to delay any plans to replace the horse race track until after the 2019 State Legislative Session, in the hope of passing legislation that could resurrect horse racing in Billings and elsewhere in the state.And, last week, the Montana Board of Horse Racing unanimously supported proposed legislation brought to them by Dan Fuchs which would give them authority over pari -mutuel wagering of historical horse racing terminals, a relatively new approach to gambling which holds the potential of generating new revenue to support live horse racing in Montana.Fuchs, a former Montana state legislator with a life-long passion for horse racing, will be monitoring the bill through the state legislature which he says will “level the playing field” for horse racing with video gaming machines. It was the advent of video gaming machines that brought about the decline in live horse racing in Montana.The legislation which is being sought simply changes the definition of the HBOHR’s oversight authority.Fuchs said that he has been talking to a wide-variety of business owners in Billings and other communities, gauging their support and it has been very enthusiastic. “People really want to see horse racing come back,” he said.A new organization hopes to draw upon that enthusiasm to support and help fund promotional efforts. The Montana Racehorse Owners & Breeders Coalition has been formed and is raising money to hire an executive director to help lobby for the legislation.
  • Phil Kerpen--Cato Institute & Americans for Prosperity-"Trump should make sure electric vehicle subsidy phases out on schedule"
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    Amy FlagPhil Kerpen began his career in 1999 as an intern at the Cato Institute, because he “became disillusioned with insularity of academic debate” while attending the University of Pittsburgh.[1]Kerpen was a policy analyst for the Club for Growth.[2] Until June 23, 2006, he was Policy Director for the Free Enterprise Fund, a United States free market advocacy group.[3] Kerpen was the vice president of Americans for Prosperity for more than five years, ending his tenure there in April 2012.[4] Kerpen is a syndicated columnist and a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues. Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a conservative 501(c)(4) organization which he founded in 2012.[2]By Phil Kerpen

    President Trump recently tweeted that he wanted to end subsidies for General Motors "including for electric cars." In this case the president's personal pique aligns with an opportunity to advance good public policy.  One of most significant subsidies from which GM benefits – the $7500 tax credit for electric car buyers – is already scheduled to phase out as GM passes the 200,000 vehicle cap on the full credit, entering a one-year phase-out before the subsidy ends completely.  It's a rare circumstance in which a government program could actually end just by Congress doing what it specializes in – doing nothing.

    Unfortunately, while the House version of tax extenders leaves the cap in place, the Senate has been discussing lifting the cap and allowing subsidies to keep flowing to GM and Tesla, which has already reached the phase out.  The president should make clear he would veto any legislation to lift the cap.

    Democrats should support letting the credit phase out because it is a tax break for the rich.  The Pacific Research Institute looked at the most recent IRS data and found that more than half of the electric car buyers claiming the credit make more than $200,000 per year and nearly 80 percent make more than $100,000. Just 1 percent make $50,000 or less.

    They conclude: "the subsidization of EVs has some reverse Robin Hood impacts where tax dollars are taken from all households (including lower-income households) and given to wealthier households."

    There is also a geographic dimension to the wealth redistribution.  The most recent industry data shows that half of all electric vehicles sold in the United States were sold in California, which has its own lavish subsidies at the state level.  In August, the most recent month with data available, 53 percent of electric vehicle sales were in California.

    A September 2018 NERA Economic Consulting study looked at the economic impact of eliminating the cap, as some in the Senate have proposed and for which Tesla and General Motors have been heavily lobbying.

    They found that the costs of lifting the cap outweigh the benefits, because lower gasoline costs are more than offset by the direct and indirect costs of subsidized EV infrastructure.  The study finds total household income falling as a consequence of lifting the cap by $7 billion in 2020 and $12 billion in 2035, which is about $50 to $70 per household in lost income every year.

    That's a cost of over $50 every year to middle-income middle-Americans to pay for subsidies for rich people in California.

    As Tom Pyle recently explained in The Hill, the subsidy for electric vehicles was always meant to be temporary.

    Orrin Hatch, the original sponsor of the bill, explained the logic behind the cap in 2007:

    "I want to emphasize that like the tax credits available under current law for hybrid electric vehicles, the tax incentives in the FREEDOM Act are temporary. They are needed in order to help these products over the initial stage of production, when they are quite a bit more expensive than older technology vehicles, to the mass production stage, where economies of scale will drive costs down and the credits will no longer be necessary."

    At the time, big subsidies for electric vehicles were justified based on the theory that they were needed to lessen American dependence on foreign oil.  A decade later, America is the largest oil and gas producer in the world and electric vehicles are a mature enough technology that they should be left to succeed or fail on the preference of consumers, not politicians.

    Congress should let the subsidy phase out as scheduled – and President Trump should force their hand by making clear he will not sign any bill that increases or eliminates the cap.


  • Senator Duane Ankney & Colstrip United's Lori Shaw On Colstrip's Future
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    Cole in ColstripSenater Duane Ankney and Colstrip's City Council Member, Lori Shaw come in to the studio to talk about the new  Lawsuits against Talen about the Clean-Up and the future of Colstrip.
    Former Colstrip power plant co-owner and operator PPL is suing Talen Energy over claims that PPL was late in funding environmental cleanup and pension costs at the facility.
    In District Court, PPL asserted that any shortage in cash for environmental cleanup or employee benefits was because of the mismanagement by Talen.
    Talen, sued its predecessor, claiming PPL took $733 million from its Montana holdings that should have stayed with the Colstrip operation to cover worker benefits and environmental cleanup commitments.
     Talen, once again, stated that it would press forward with its lawsuit against PPL.
  • Chairman Of The House & Senate Rules Committee (R) Kalispell-Derek Skees & Then Later Congressman Greg Gianforte.
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    20170108_201832Derek Skees is the head of the 2019 legislative rules committee for the 2019 legislative sessions, he gives us all an update on the important legislative meeting to be held Tuesday, with both the Democrats and the Republicans legislators.The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 4th. We will recap it with Republican Chairman Derek Skees.Congressman Greg Gianforte will join us later in the show around 9:40 am to pay respects to former President George Bush Senior.
  • Montana House Member & Former Montana State Senator, Llew Jones (R) From Conrad, Montana
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    Llew JonesMr Llew Jones is a highly respected Montana Senator that is now apart of the Montana House.He recently wrote a Guest Editorial and emailed Voices of Montana a copy, Here it is.Montanans would benefit from Simple Majority Montana House rulesI never planned on being “Old Man Jones”, but time never stops.  I am currently the longest serving Republican in the Montana House, having served 8 years as Senator and 6 years as Representative.  I have served under the Senate simple majority rules, and the House super majority rules.   I have served in the majority, minority, and leadership.   I support changing the Montana House procedural rules (not bonding or veto override, …) to the Senate’s simple majority format.Changing the House rules to simple majority is good for the legislature:The House super majority rules allow the Speaker/Leadership to ignore legislative members within their own caucus and across the aisle. Rather than engage in the messy reality of true leadership exemplified by honest negotiation, the Speaker can bury contentious issues in a 'kill' committee, or worse, simply never schedule bills for consideration. This has been done by previous Speakers of both parties, including last session. This is the ultimate centralization of power:  where a single individual uses “rule processes” to dictate to 99 elected representatives. The expediency of these solutions is 'fool's gold' as failure to honestly negotiate exacerbates the natural schisms within a caucus and across the legislature. The result: sustained unproductive intra-party and legislative feuding.  Public trust is completely eroded. Real leaders do not require rule gimmicks to address legitimate differences of opinion. They work at building consensus within their own caucus and across the aisle.  Operating under the 2017 simple majority Senate rules, President Sales earned the respect of the Senate body by being radically transparent and honest, even when members disagreed with him.  The committee work was respected, debate was fair, and bills lived or died on their merit. Changing the House rules to simple majority is good for Montana:A key premise of our U.S. political system is that centralized power reduces accountability and increases potential corruption.  The current super-majority House rules place excessive power in the hands of a few legislators, and, at times, in the hands of a single individual (Speaker). This amplifies lobbyists’ and party bosses’ opportunities to dictate legislative outcomes through opaque rules processes, often avoiding transparent debate entirely. Simple majority rules distribute power to all 100 legislators, ensuring that all ideas can be fairly heard and debated. In the Senate, I had bills both tabled and passed, but I always was confident my bill would be heard. Montana benefits from decentralized political power. Changing the House rules to simple majority is good for Montana constituents:There are legitimate differences of opinion across the legislature. Many differences are predicated on geography not party. Urban Districts have vastly different problems than rural Districts. Issues in Eastern Montana are different from Western Montana.  Effectively addressing these issues is stymied by super-majority rules.  The Leadership/Speaker's agenda becomes the controlling agenda.  The loser is every other legislative district.  Simple majority rules ensure legislators can serve the constituents that elected them. 
  • Alex Newman-Foreign Correspondent For The New American Magazine.
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    Billings Clinic Commons

    Alex Newman is an international journalist, educator, author, and consultant. In addition to serving as president of the small media and information consulting firm Liberty Sentinel Media, Inc, he writes for a wide array of publications in the United States and abroad. He currently serves as a foreign correspondent for The New American magazine, a contributor to WND, and more. He has also written for numerous newspapers and magazines such as the Gainesville Sun, Liberty magazine, Crisis magazine, The Diplomat magazine, and many more. In addition, he has co-authored two books, including a major exposé of the plot to dumb down American children using government schools, published by WND Books.

    For the last four years, Alex has been teaching advanced economics to high-school seniors through FreedomProject Education, an accredited K-12 school offering a classical education. Before that, he worked for the Leadership Institute. He also spent time working in marketing and branding. Alex has a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Florida with an emphasis on economics and international relations, as well as an A.A. degree in foreign languages from Miami-Dade College. Alex has lived in seven countries (US, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, France, South Africa, Sweden) on four continents and speaks multiple languages fluently.
  • Climate Change Expert: Dr. Jay Lehr, Ph.D. Science Director at The Heartland Institute. Plus Editor of Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns. 
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    Dr. Jay Lehr is expecting a "Climate Change Crazy" 2019. Many Dem's ran strictly on a Climate Change platform, convincing constituents that "we will all burn up by 2020." The truly sad thing is that its a total fraud!
    "Democratic socialist wunderkind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Friday that her surprising election victory, and those of other liberal congressional freshmen, are on a par with a series of landmark moments in American history.
    During a press conference hosted by the Sunshine Movement, an advocacy group that leverages youth protests to oppose global warming, the 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez said her Nov. 6 achievement ranks with the 1969 Moon landing and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
    'We've done what we thought was impossible,' she told a small crowd who braved 40-degree weather.
    'We went to the moon. We electrified the nation. We established civil rights. We enfranchised the country. We dig deep, and we did it. We did it when no one else thought that we could. That's what we did when so many of us won an election this year.'
  • The Peoples Compact - Does It include Any Off Reservation Claims? What Is The 1966 Indian Claims Commission Settlement?
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    NBS PhotoLot's of questions still exist about the "peoples compact"  including, what about the claims of the elimination of all the off reservation water claims filed by the Tribes and United States in all of Montana, Plus why those claims have no basis in law or history.We also talk with the authors, about the study the Indian Claims Commission settlement the Tribes signed in 1966 which forever barred them from seeking any off reservation claims for anything, in any forum.This fact, plus other relevant facts including Article 3 of the Treaty of Hellgate and the definition of a federal reserved water right, are the solid reasons the People's Compact simply does not include any off reservation claims.
  • Senator Steve Daines & Congressman Greg Gianforte Plus an Update From The Montana Child Protection Alliance.
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    HER CampaignSenator Daines and Congressman Gianforte give us an update from DC including on the new Farm Bill that has been passed by the senate Tuesday night.We speak to the gentleman that has filed a law suit against the state of Montana and Child Protection Services.
  • Randall K. Gibb, M.D.-Chief Executive Officer-Billings Clinic & Jim Duncan, President, Billings Clinic Foundation
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    Billings Clinic CommonsDr. Randall Gibb, board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and specialty board certified in Gynecologic Oncology, is the Chief Executive Officer at Billings Clinic, a fully integrated health system that includes a multi specialty group practice with more than 420 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties and is the region’s largest health care organization.  Dr. Gibb was the first Gynecologic Oncologist in Montana, Wyoming and western North Dakota.Billings, MT— Billings Clinic has again been recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Montana and a Best Hospital for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report. It is the seventh consecutive year Billings Clinic has earned this honor.The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 29th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.Billings Clinic was also recognized for high performance ratings in the following specialties, procedures, conditions or treatments. They are:
    • Colon cancer surgery
    • Heart failure
    • Hip replacement
    • Knee replacement
    • Pulmonology
    “We are extremely proud to receive this recognition and attribute it to the incredible teamwork and collegiality that makes Billings Clinic a phenomenal place for patients to receive care,” said Randall Gibb, M.D., Billings Clinic CEO. “This would not be possible without strong and continuous commitment from our interdisciplinary teams. We strive to be among the best in the nation and this honor serves as a reminder of the high standards we must continue to meet.”
  • "Bill Of Rights Day" With Constitutional Scholar Robert Brown
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    Robert BrownDecember 15th was "Bill of Rights day" So on the 17th we will have Robert Brown in studio speaking on, what this day means and how important are the Bill of Rights?
  • Nick Gevock - Conservation Director, Montana Wildlife Federation.
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
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    Items to be discussed is a preview of issues in the upcoming Legislative session, Habitat Montana, conservation easements and their benefit for working farms and ranches, and continued efforts to prevent conflicts with grizzly bears."How many bears are enough in the wild!"Nick came to MWF after an 11-year stint with newspapers in Bozeman and Butte covering government, public lands, natural resource development, wildlife, the outdoors and hunting and fishing issues. A lifelong hunter and angler, he enjoys the outdoors with his daughter Leticia and dog Sapphire throughout Montana and the Northwest. 
  • Western Landowners Commend Both Congress & Senate on 2018 Farm Bill
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    Great Falls to BeltWestern Landowners Alliance (WLA), a landowner-led nonprofit organization focused on advancing policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species, released the following statement today after Congress released the conference report on the 2018 Farm Bill.Western Landowners Alliance would like to thank members of Congress for working together across party lines to find common ground on one of the nation’s most important pieces of legislation. The Farm Bill represents a long-standing public/private partnership to ensure healthy, affordable food, clean water, wildlife habitat and a strong agricultural economy.“The public depends on the food, fiber and energy that working lands supply,” said Lesli Allison, executive director of the Western Landowners Alliance. “But we also want these same lands to provide things like clean water and wildlife habitat. Farm Bill programs make it possible for farmers and ranchers to meet these needs while also supporting rural livelihoods. This is why the Farm Bill has traditionally had solid bipartisan support. Americans recognize that taking care of the land is essential to our collective well-being and national security.”“In a time when the West is facing unprecedented challenges, from wildfires to water shortages, we are particularly pleased to see continued support from Congress for the conservation programs that help us meet these challenges,” Allison said.
  • Merry Christmas! - Another Voices of Montana Special "Best of Broadcast" From An Earlier Date
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    christmas dcWe all hope you will enjoy this special  "Best of Show" this morning.Remeber we will not be taking calls and texts during the special show.




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