Voices of Montana Upcoming Show Calendar

Montana’s Statewide Radio Talk Show …Since 1998

Read the below calendar to see what is coming up on Voices of Montana.

< 2018 >
November 30 - December 06
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    Broadcasting Live From The 135th Montana Wool Growers Convention In Billings!

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    November 30, 2018


    Guest post by Dr. Whit Stewart, Montana State University Sheep Extension Specialist

    The Montana sheep industry reinvests in it’s future by making educational opportunities possible for the next generation!

    A generous Targhee yearling ewe donation from Hughes Newford Co. raised $1,200 from buyers Randy Tunby, McRae Brothers Targhee, Thomas Blaine and Timber Coulee Columbias for a trip of five Montana youth to the Lamb 300 short course in Laramie Wyoming November 3rd to 5th. Proceeds from the donated ewe will cover registration and lodging during the program. Attendees will either have the option of traveling as a group from Bozeman or by their own transportation. Those interested in carpooling from Bozeman will leave the afternoon of November 1st to tour lamb packing locations in Colorado on Nov 2nd. While the scholarship is made available for young producers between the ages of 18 and 40, any interested producers, agricultural educators, agency representatives, and chefs are encouraged to attend.

    To be eligible for the scholarship producers need to 1) submit written justification regarding their future goals in the sheep industry and how the LAMB 300 class will help achieve these goals, 2) submit contact information for a sheep industry reference (name and phone number). Written justification and sheep industry reference need to be submitted no later than October 15th to whit.stewart1@montana.edu. Any questions please contact Dr. Whit Stewart 406.994.3758.

    What is LAMB 300?

    LAMB 300 is a three-day, hands-on workshop designed for progressive individuals involved with all aspects of the sheep industry. The course will focus on teaching producers, feeders, and marketers (regardless of the size or type of operation) how to produce and market quality lambs and lamb products. Participants will learn how environmental, nutritional, genetic, and managerial factors contribute to meat quality. Participants will also learn how meat quality factors influence the price producers receive for lamb and lamb products marketed through various outlets.

    This program will increase one’s understanding of lamb quality and marketing, enabling participants to make informed decisions to improve profitability, competitiveness, and wholesomeness of their products. Packer, retailers, and chef participation is also encouraged, as each segment gains appreciation for opportunity to improve profitability for all involved in the production of lamb and enhance the quality eating experience for the consumer. The course will feature nationally recognized speakers in the area of sheep production, feeding, processing, and marketing.

    For additional information on Rocky Mountain LAMB 300, contact: Warrie Means, (307) 766-5283 or means@uwyo.edu; Jan Busboom, WSU Meat Specialist, (509)335-2880 or busboom@wsu.edu; Lesa Eidman, Superior Farms Director of Producer Resources and Sustainability, (503)297-3523 or lesa.eidman@superiorfarms.com; or Sarah M. Smith, WSU Regional Extension Specialist, (509)754-2011, Ext 4363 or smithsm@wsu.edu. More information and registration forms are available on the WSU at http://extension.wsu.edu/grant-adams/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2016/08/2016-Lamb-300-Brochure-WY.pdf. Individuals who which to pay for the course with a credit card can do so by going to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2589825 and following the directions for on-line purchase.


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    Dan Fuchs - Could Horseracing Return To Montana?

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 3, 2018

    Former 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.

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    Phil Kerpen--Cato Institute & Americans for Prosperity-"Trump should make sure electric vehicle subsidy phases out on schedule"

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 4, 2018

    Phil 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.


  • 05

    Senator Duane Ankney & Colstrip United's Lori Shaw On Colstrip's Future

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 5, 2018

    Senater 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.
  • 06

    Chairman Of The House & Senate Rules Committee (R) Kalispell-Derek Skees & Then Later Congressman Greg Gianforte.

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 6, 2018

    Derek 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.