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Thank you, Paula.
Over the last 48 hours, Tracy Barnett has taken steps to streamline and localize the BID tax voting procedure. I'll leave it to her to announce the details, but it appears that there will be a downtown walk-in location for eligible voters to receive and submit ballots between 10/13 and 11/4. Please keep an eye out for this significant change and help spread the word to eligible voters so that the vote is a fair representation of those with skin in the game. Thank you to Scott Ford for exercising essential oversight and raising concerns about the procedure and thank you to Tracy for moving quickly to improve the process.
This is great news--
Scott: Any member of the council or the public can pull an item from the Consent Agenda for discussion and public comment prior to a vote.
While I despise Mitch McConnell, I think facts and context matter.
Every fact-checking organization has debunked the oft-repeated claim that McConnell "said the day after the 2008 election and I quote 'We will do everything possible to make this man fail.'"
In fact, as part of the interview which has been twisted into folklore, McConnell actually said: "I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change." And the actual statement by McConnell about working to make Obama a one-term president was made two years into Obama's presidency - not the day after he was elected. Finally, in a two-party system it is, of course, the job of the out-of-power party leaders to attempt to keep the opposite party's president from being re-elected.
Here's the Washington Post's fact-checker on the inaccurate claim.
Here are a few links with some additional information folks might find helpful:
The description below the photograph of Tree Haus at the top of this online edition of the article makes no sense in the context of the article and could be very misleading given that I believe there is a boil water advisory currently in place for Tree Haus.
And here is George Will at his best--
"The slow decline of America since LBJ launched the Great Society"
Reportedly, this proposal was defeated by one vote in the Colorado Senate today.
Michael: Addressing the first portion of your statement, while I am sympathetic to your suggestion that we compare current salaries to those of 30 years ago, I don't think that's the appropriate way to evaluate salaries (I’ll get to benefits) for county officials responsible for day to day operations.
It’s true the wages of the working class have been stagnant for 40 years. But I would suggest that instead of attempting to pull down the wages of others - including government workers and elected officials with operational jobs - who are doing better than many of us are, we seek policies at the local, state and federal level that encourage economic growth for all Americans.
As for county commissioners, I agree they are compensated too much for what should be (not what they've manufactured to justify their compensation) a part-time, citizen-legislator role that sets policy for county employees to implement. We only need one county manager - not four.
If you compare the policy, budget and personnel oversight responsibilities of the Steamboat Springs City Council, the Routt County Commission and the Steamboat Springs School Board, you'll find the disparity in compensation is dramatic and cries out for reconfiguration.
Having said that, I also believe you get what you pay for and the notion on the part of some that salaries should be minuscule is foolish. If they are to be properly prepared to create budgets, set policy and conduct oversight, elected reps have to read and understand a huge volume of material concerning a wide-range of issues. They should receive fair wages for that workload.
As to benefits, I don't believe any elected official or government employee should receive health insurance/pensions/benefits that are disproportionate from what is available to the self-employed and small business owners who drive the U.S. economy while bearing the most impact from government implemented budgets, laws and regulations.
Finally, the worst kept secret in this community is that the city council and county commissioners (along with the public employees they oversee) have insurance plans and other benefits that are far better than anything available to the vast majority of private sector workers. That should change.
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