Montanans’ for I-185 have a lot of ads on Montana media saying that “Big Tobacco is at it again, first they lied about being addictive now, those same big corporations are lying about I-185” Other ads state “If you don’t smoke, you don’t pay! Is this true?
Other proponents say that it will keep 100,000 Montanans covered by medicare, helps keep rural hospitals open, and also will provide suicide prevention services to Veterans.
Former Yellowstone County Judge, Russ Fagg joins us to sift through the statements and, in his opinion, whats true and whats not.
Elinor Swanson-Libertarian Candidate For U.S. Representative "Decrease The Debt & Live & Let Live"
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I’m a wife, mother of 4, and attorney living in Billings. Spent my formative years in Alaska. Went to medical school for a year before switching tracks to law, and was struck by how politicians use people as guinea pigs, without their consent, and without respecting personal autonomy. There is a stark difference between those two worlds.
We have a mountain of debt. Every man, woman, and child is $75,000 in debt due to federal government borrowing. Year after year, federal government borrowing grows faster than the American economy. Year after year, the debt increases.
We don’t know what financial challenges the future might bring. Yet, we are committing future generations to cover our costs as well as their own, without their consent. That is taxation without representation. Future generations didn’t vote for the debt they will inherit.
Together, let’s do the right thing, so that our children and grandchildren won’t be paying the price.
This road doesn’t have to be so hard. There are over one million people in Montana, and hundreds of millions of people in America. Each one of us has overlapping and occasionally conflicting interests, identities, and desires. How do we peacefully and respectfully choose only a single set of cultural, religious, and social values to govern us all? We can’t.
Nor should we.
America is a diverse place, and that diversity needs freedom to thrive. We can live together harmoniously if we acknowledge each peaceful, honest individual’s right to live according to the dictates of personal conscience. Every one of us has the right to live free, so long as we aren’t harming anyone else.
David Brooks - Montana Executive Director Of Trout Unlimited In Support of I-186
Mr Brooks comes on the show to support I-186 representing Montana’s Trout Unlimited. The Initiative would require the DEQ to deny a permit for any new hard rock mines in Montana unless the reclamation plan provides clear and convincing evidence that the mine will not require perpetual treatment of water polluted by contaminants.
We Need Forrest Management Now! Nick Smith From Healthy Forests Healthy Communities Joins Us.
Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization. It is supported by individuals and businesses who are passionate about improving the health of our forests and the future of our rural, forested communities. Originally founded in Roseburg, Oregon in 2013, we have grown and now advocate for active forest management through regional programs in the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains and Great Lakes States.
We are a grassroots coalition that supports the need for active, sustainable forest management to improve and sustain forest health; restore jobs and economic opportunities in rural communities; and provide timber-based revenues to support essential public services. We support balanced policies that promote rural economic opportunity while also maintaining the many benefits we have come to expect from our forests, including recreation and diverse wildlife populations. Our partners include local elected officials, business and labor groups, law enforcement, educators, tribes, sportsmen and outdoor groups, and more.
Here are some ideas for the 2018 Farm Bill.
1. Support for cross-boundary, landscape-scale efforts to tackle critical forestry issues, especially wildfire. Issues like these do not stop at property lines which means it is no longer enough to address issues on only one piece of property. We need more efforts to work collectively across public and private land to get ahead of the issue across a landscape. To do this, Congress can strengthen the U.S. Forest Service tools to work collaboratively across boundaries, through the Landscape Scale Restoration program and their Hazardous Fuels program.
2. Include measures to support a strong, diverse forest products industry. Across the country, landowners are struggling to manage their woods in the face of declining markets for low-value, small-diameter wood. This is the material that must be removed to reduce wildfire risk, improve habitat, and keep forests resilient.
Without markets for this material, management costs become outlandish, causing forest owners to often leave their land unmanaged and vulnerable. Support and investment in programs such the Community Wood Energy Program, which can bolster markets for this low value material, will reduce treatment costs and create jobs across rural America.
3. Support for landowners managing for at-risk wildlife.With an anticipated near doubling of the number of at-risk fish and wildlife that rely on family forests for their habitat in the southern U.S. alone, we need both policies and funding, that together will help family woodland owners proactively and voluntarily conserve critical habitat while avoiding burdensome regulations.
4. Strong funding for forest owners in the forestry and conservation programs. Programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program have shown they provide enormous public benefit by providing families support to care for their land. In fact, according to a report from the American Forest Foundation, in the past three years alone, farm bill programs have helped family forest owners conduct conservation work across more than 10 million acres. To put that in perspective, that’s more than 9,000 acres improved every day.
With a new and improved farm bill in place this year, family forest owners can do their part to keep our forests healthy and thriving, that in turn will help all Americans.
Become A Vetrepreneur - Helping Veterans Become Business Leaders (Also) More On I-186
Legislative Update: We spoke with Representative Mike Hopkins about the Infrastructure Bonding Bill. The $80 Million bill provides a framework for spending and places a cap on how much the State can spend. Find out more We also spoke with Representative Ed Buttrey about the Medicaid Expansion bill that passed out of the legislature and […]