Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 2 days, 11 hours ago on Mayling Simpson: Financial devastation with ColoradoCare?

Someone saving $34,000 in Colorado income taxes by switching to an out of state residence is not going to have problems finding less costly health insurance.

The supporters' comments are so pie in the sky that they are the best at describing why it won't work. Rich people that use the sort of commonsense tax avoidance methods that helps them to become and stay rich are going to be replaced by "socially conscious" rich people just waiting to pay more in taxes? That would be satire if it wasn't written by someone sincerely arguing in favor of A69.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 15 hours ago on Woman suspected of burglary, drug possession

Ken,

But the felon, person on probation or restraining order being caught with a gun and it regularly being investigated would tend to persuade those people that it is a bad idea to possess a gun.

Meanwhile, the 28 grams are entirely replaceable. That arrest isn't going to stop any drug users from using drugs.

Gun deaths among those not legally allowed to own guns is common enough that it is a real problem.

Not that I am arguing one priority over another. I am asking what is the expected benefit of a second K-9 unit.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 15 hours ago on Woman suspected of burglary, drug possession

Ken,

I am not suggesting that patrol officers finding a driver with 28 grams of meth or heroin should allow the driver to continue.

But using a K-9 unit to search a vehicle on Rabbit Ears means spending money on that K-9 unit instead of other possibilities. A second K-9 further prioritizes drug interdiction.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 16 hours ago on Woman suspected of burglary, drug possession

If that comment is directed at me then I am not criticizing law enforcement, but questioning priorities in next year's budget request.

There are plenty of laws and law enforcement has to prioritize what is important. Another K-9 unit is prioritizing drug interdiction. The K-9 unit isn't going to investigate how those not allowed to own guns were able to possess a gun. So for instance, a choice is being made to prioritize drug interdiction over felons and those on probation from being able to acquire guns.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 16 hours ago on Woman suspected of burglary, drug possession

Sheriff Wiggins,

"As long as we have individuals (Drug dealers) who prey on people with addictions for no other reason than for financial gain, the RCSO will aggressively pursue those criminals and hold them accountable using all appropriate and legal means available to law enforcement"

To what benefit? The addicts are not being preyed upon, but are deciding to buy more drugs. Investigating drug dealers is not going to prevent addicts from being able to buy drugs.

An extra K-9 unit just allows searching more cars pulled over for speeding or whatever.

Drug investigations are worthwhile when going after troubled residents in a neighborhood that make drugs always available. But finding 28 grams in a car on Rabbit Ears is of no importance. Those drugs are immediately replaceable.

Lastly, after last year's SCOTUS ruling that dog sniffing may take no longer than the normal traffic stop then it would call into question the legality of any stop in which the dog is called in.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 17 hours ago on Mayling Simpson: Financial devastation with ColoradoCare?

Yet another "financial analysis" using ColoradoCare's pie in the sky fantastical numbers.

If ColoradoCare were likely to work in practice as promised then it would be wonderful.

Independent analysis has stated that ColoradoCare's numbers are off by billions. A government run single payer system is not how to save a couple billion by eliminating waste and fraud.

The independent financial analysis minimizes the likelihood of high income people seeking tax avoidance strategies. Highest state income tax in the country is going to cause high income people to shift their legal residences. A high income self employed can rent a mailbox in another state, make that the home of their business, pay themselves in that state and they are then immediately eligible for residency in that state. With this 10% income tax then it becomes worthwhile to avoid and have the bonus of avoiding the existing state income tax.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 17 hours ago on State Sen. Baumgardner: Steamboat would feel the economic effects of reduced power plants

Why?

In 2014, it is said to have 87 employees. Barely a blip in the economy.

You doubt that our overhead high transmission lines can carry enough electricity to satisfy local needs?

I am not suggesting that it should be shutdown as it appears to be a cleaner source of power than other coal plants, but it could be closed tomorrow and 95% of Steamboat population would never notice the difference.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 18 hours ago on Woman suspected of burglary, drug possession

I would note that PAARI is stated as turn in drugs and go to rehab instead of jail is generally not practical in the real world because virtually no place has enough immediately available rehab treatment.

So the program, in practice, requires local law enforcement to decide how to treat addicts in the mean time. Officers can be given discretion so that addicts who are otherwise law abiding are not arrested for their personal drug usage and addict is allowed to decide when to seek treatment. There is a basic challenge regarding treatment in that an addict forced by threat of jail to seek treatment has a low chance of having successful treatment. When treatment is relatively expensive and oversubscribed then it is more effective to be treating addicts that are seeking treatment and minimize those forced to be in treatment.

Or the program can be that addict is in custody and addict has a few minutes to decide if going to jail or rehab. In which case, if rehab is chosen then it has a low chance of being successful.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 18 hours ago on Woman suspected of burglary, drug possession

Ken,

Though, US has far higher percentage of population in prison than nearly other country. So there is not some general standard of "Adults that can't live and interact with others within the law belong in jail.".

We have laws on close to everything. Jail, the deprivation of personal liberty, should be limited to what presents an identifiable danger to the rest of society.

Society has choices. It can pay for people to be in jail. It can seek reimbursement which can easily result in people staying in jail due to not being able to pay fines. And so then stealing a loaf of bread for a starving sister ends up as 19 years in jail and creating the foundation for a revolution.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 19 hours ago on State Sen. Baumgardner: Steamboat would feel the economic effects of reduced power plants

“You look at the power plant in Nucla shutting down, that town is already dead. If that happens here in Steamboat, I think the impact’s going to be tremendous,”

He is showing economic ignorance. It is known from income data that coal mining is a tiny portion of the SB economy.

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