From Washington State activist John Novak January 9, 2015:
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Subject: I-502: OPMA, MMJ, Public Records and the “Partnership”
By John Worthington (background research also by Arthur West, John Novak)
(All exhibit links to box.com are from public record files in PDF format)
One of the main goals of Initiative I-502, as originally written and passed, was allegedly to create a policy change from enforcing marijuana crimes, to properly enforcing property crimes by ‘legalizing” marijuana for persons over 21.
Once the “legalization” initiative passed, the marijuana prohibition stakeholders, AKA the “partnership” went to work to reverse the policy goals outlined in I-502. (Exhibit 1 https://app.box.com/s/rmgcsqu9eknlx5zbp7o9
Despite the best efforts to hide these meetings
, enough information began to leak out to the marijuana activists, that they were able piece together how the “partnership,” influenced the WSLCB. The documents they obtained show how the “partnership” set out to increase local law enforcement funding and de-incentivize medical marijuana.
The messages and goals for this new Meta organization was clear, get rid of medical marijuana, and divert I-502 revenue to the cities and counties.
According to the notes from these secret Liquor Control Board meetings with local, state and federal agencies set up by the AWC, medical marijuana was no longer needed because the State now had a “legal” marijuana system.
The WSLCB arranged to have the legislature “give them cover”, by creating legislation that would allow them a “place at the table,” for medical marijuana discussions. This strategy is outlined in an email from WSLCB board member Chris Marr to the agency director, Rick Garza. (Exhibit 3 https://app.box.com/s/di9dkswq8v250c5ihs8u
Eickmeyer, through Senator Rivers, proceeded to draft SB 5887
, which proposed to create a medical marijuana work group, however, the bill did not pass.
Senator Rivers and Eickmeyer then acted to get a medical marijuana work group passed “Amendment #224” in the state’s budget bill, SB 5034, to which Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles objected to because “too many conclusions would be drawn behind closed doors. Senator Kohl-Welles put out an email on June 2, 2014 addressing concerns about the process.
“It has also has resulted in a high level of concern on the part of many patient and other advocacy groups — including even outright opposition being expressed in rallies and demonstrations. I am concerned that we would be handing over too much of our responsibility to a regulatory agency. I also worry that too many conclusions would be drawn behind closed doors, and that the process for creating these rules would circumvent public input.
In many ways, the LCB has a vested interest in diverting business from the medical collectives now operating and into the retail stores when they open early next year. It is easy to argue the LCB also has a vested interest in wanting to add to its regulatory scope, and bring the medical cannabis industry into its system. This may turn out to be the end result down the road, or it may be determined that another state agency should have that responsibility.
For these and other reasons, I think it best to have the LCB focus on its task at hand, that given to them by the voters in approving I-502 — an initiative that specifically mentions it will have no effect on medical cannabis laws.”
Essentially, the federal government also had a hand in I-502 secret rulemaking process through the cross designated members of the WSP
and in direct meetings with the DEA and U.S. Attorney’s office.
Soon after the passage of initiative I-502, the broad and powerful “partnership” had managed to convert the policy goals of redirecting law enforcement funding to property crimes to adding local law enforcement funding and getting rid of medical marijuana.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board had arranged its “place at the table”, and the “partnership”, managed to set forth a mechanism to glean law enforcement funding increases and interfere with medical marijuana laws when I-502 appeared to advertise just the opposite. (Exhibit 7 https://app.box.com/s/uhke9k9wda5tdjsx93cs
For its part the work group, began its job of eliminating or de-incentivizing medical marijuana under the guise of merging it with recreational marijuana. (Exhibit 8 https://app.box.com/s/rdkfowosyuwyzodgyzs4
The Governor’s office, with help from the local U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan did their part by making sure the public knew that the medical marijuana situation was “untenable”. (Exhibit 9 https://app.box.com/s/c5m8ogtl8hod59lmewbr )
The urgency for a “robust” regulatory system for marijuana was further ratcheted up with the use of a document referred to as the “Cole Memorandum”, which was actually requested by the LCB, and not a mandate generated by the U.S. Attorney’s office at the request of the Governor’s office. (Exhibit 10 https://app.box.com/s/o4cips7jho2mejgho5cs
The following legislative session in 2014, SB 5887 and a new bill from Senator Jeanne Kohl Welles SB 6178, offered two approaches on how to integrate and de-incentivize medical marijuana. Representative Eileen Cody also proposed HB 2149 that same legislative session.
The legislators had several major hurdles to clear in order to kill medical marijuana. The most formidable of which was the fiscal impacts of the “robust” regulatory system which now included more law enforcement funding not included in the I-502 earmarks.
The fiscal notes to the Ways and Means and House Finance committees, which were put forth at the last second, did not include the actual cost of implementing the ratcheted up “robust” marijuana regulatory scheme.
Furthermore, the small business impact studies were incomplete further misleading the actual financial impact of the medical marijuana killing legislation.
“The argument for the initiative was that it’s going to lower public safety costs, and now they’re saying it’s going to increase public safety costs with absolutely no data. (It’s) troubling,” said House Finance Committee Chairman Reuven Carlyle
(D-Seattle) in an interview
Many marijuana activists claimed victory when all the medical marijuana bills failed to pass out of the 2014 legislative session.
The 2015 legislative session is underway and the legislature should be informed of what the I-502 rule making process has become so they can properly achieve policy goals set forth by the public.
- High levels of radiation found at Fukushima, 460,000 Bq/L; Removing fuel in unit 1 storage pool to start 2017 — NHK World
***Note from Anna: Sometimes I rant, hence the origin of my blog name. So this is for all of the scientists, farmers, educators, politicians, parents, doctors, and advocate in the United States:
1. YOU CAN’T GROW ANYTHING WITH SEVERELY RADIOACTIVE WATER. 2017 is TOO LATE FOR A CLEANUP.
2. THERE ARE FIFTY-FIVE NUCLEAR REACTORS ON A SET OF ISLANDS THAT CAN FIT ENTIRELY WITHIN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. AN EARTHQUAKE SWARM WILL PUT JAPAN COMPLETELY UNDER WATER AND FILL THE WORLD WITH RADIOACTIVE CLOUDS.
3. THE MOX FUEL BEING RELEASE ***CANNOT*** BE CLEANED WITH CURRENT TECHNOLOGY. YOUR KIDS ARE GOING TO BE STERILE, YOUR CROPS ARE GOING TO DIE, AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH DOCTORS WORLDWIDE TO TREAT ALL THE CANCER PATIENTS BECAUSE THE DOCTORS WILL HAVE CANCER TOO!!!
4. THE POLITICIANS IN BOTH COUNTRIES HAVE *DELIBERATELY* FAILED US. THEIR ACTIONS ARE ACTS OF MASS MURDER AND TREASON.
5. GENERAL ELECTRIC AND TEPCO ARE 100% CULPABLE AND NEED TO IMMEDIATE PAY FOR THE EVACUATION AND RELOCATION OF ALL JAPANESE CITIZENS TO SAFE HAVENS.
By 2015 you realize what everyone has been saying when the following things start to occur:
Widespread immune, neurological, and muscular disorders.
Soldiers from Japan being deactivated from service due to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancers.
Mass heart attacks.
Mass outbreaks of cancer similar to what is currently happening in Malibu, California.
Widespread crops death including vegetables, fruits, wheat, hemp, and marijuana. You can’t grow organic medications if your crops are contaminated.
Inability to create medicine to handle the creation of new medicines because the researchers and scientists will also be getting sick and dying.
Outbreaks in crimes and cultural misunderstandings as sick people from Japan come seeking safe haven, which they should ABSOLUTELY get because AMERICA was complicit in poisoning them. if the situation was reversed American citizens would want, and demand, the same kind of help.
Budgetary crashes resulting in lack of FEMA or police resources.
You’ve been warned. DO SOMETHING!
Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in Washington state. There are more deaths annually from prescription drug abuse than from meth, cocaine, and heroin combined.
What’s causing this epidemic? Drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Methadone are now commonly prescribed for pain. Painkillers offer relief to millions of Americans but present a hidden danger.
These kinds of prescription drugs are called “opiates.” The American Heritage Dictionary defines “opiate” as a sedative narcotic, “[C]ontaining opium or one or more of its natural or synthetic derivatives.” In a way, these drugs are the cousins of a better known—and more feared— drug: heroin. But unlike heroin, most people don’t know how potentially addicting and dangerous prescription opiates can be.
Some recreational users crush prescription painkillers and then ingest them in order to bypass the time-release function of the medications. This provides a somewhat immediate, and sometimes deadly, high.
When overdosed, prescription painkillers can cause a significant decrease in lung function and death. They can also be lethal when they’re combined with other prescribed or over-the-counter drugs. High-profile deaths include actor Heath Ledger, who died from a lethal combination of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.
Teenagers are increasingly experimenting with drugs commonly found in their parents’ medicine cabinets. According to the Healthy Youth Survey, 12 percent of 12th graders used prescription pain medications to get high in the past 30 days. The same survey also shows that an alarming number of younger kids experiment with these drugs. That’s why it’s critical to learn how to properly safeguard and dispose of your medications.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy reports that more than 47 percent of teens get prescription drugs from their friends for free. About 10 percent buy them from their friends, and another 10 percent take them from friends without asking.
The Attorney General’s Office uses funds from consumer protection settlements with drug manufacturers—including the makers of OxyContin— to provide grants to promote drug abuse prevention and prescription drug safety. To date those grants have totaled more than $2.7 million and include:
- $1,000,000 dollars to fund the Washington Prevention Summits and Spring Youth Forums, where kids learn to use the latest technology to create prevention programs in their schools.
- $683,000 to the State Department of Health to create a prescription drug monitoring program to prevent the “doctor shopping” that allows addicts to get access to dangerous drugs.
- $400,000 for the University of Washington to educate doctors on drug marketing. The funding is a portion of the $9 million awarded in grants nationwide from a settlement with Neurontin.
- $30,000 to The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Network to develop the Unwanted Medicine Return Program. This program promotes drug safety and a cleaner enviornment by promoting the safe disposal of unwanted medications.
- $15,000 for Prescriptions for Life, a local nonprofit organization working to eliminate prescription drug abuse. The money will help pay for a new educational video that will be shown to students, teachers, school counselors, law enforcement, medical professionals and civic and business leaders.
- $400,000 for the Washington Health Foundation launch a program to reduce prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse among college students, creating one of the first programs in the nation to target young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 (more below).
According to DOH, American Indians and Alaska Natives are hardest-hit by prescription drug abuse.
The AGO has addressed this issue by targeting a series of grants for programs that address substance abuse prevention programs in tribal communities:
- $101,700 for the Boys & Girls Club of America to establish two new clubhouses on Native American lands by 2011, targeting ages 7-18. The two anticipated newly established clubs on reservation lands should see an enrollment per club in excess of 700 youth. Boys & Girls Club substance abuse programs include SMART (Skills, Mastery And Resistance Training) Moves.
- $198,550 to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to provide four “mini-grants” of $30,000 each to tribal partners for community based projects to fight prescription drug abuse, and to fund a one-day regional training conference on prescription abuse among tribal members.
- $25,250 to Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling to help pay for a 6-day youth camp called New Directions: Tribal Youth Music Academy for Addiction Awareness & Prevention.
The Attorney General’s Office has partnered with the Washington Health Foundation, the Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and other national organizations to provide an online health community and a set of resources to help college kids confront the prescription drug epidemic.
The Washington Health Foundation asks college students to be part a part of the solution – to help address prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse and abuse. Learn more on The Washington Health Foundation’s Web site. There, you can tell your story, share your ideas, explore innovative resources, and participate in social media discussions.
1) Each member of the governing body who attends a meeting of such governing body where action is taken in violation of any provision of this chapter applicable to him or her, with knowledge of the fact that the meeting is in violation thereof, shall be subject to personal liability in the form of a civil penalty in the amount of one hundred dollars. The civil penalty shall be assessed by a judge of the superior court and an action to enforce this penalty may be brought by any person. A violation of this chapter does not constitute a crime and assessment of the civil penalty by a judge shall not give rise to any disability or legal disadvantage based on conviction of a criminal offense.
(2) Any person who prevails against a public agency in any action in the courts for a violation of this chapter shall be awarded all costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred in connection with such legal action.
Pursuant to RCW 4.84.185, any public agency who prevails in any action in the courts for a violation of this chapter may be awarded reasonable expenses and attorney fees upon final judgment and written findings by the trial judge that the action was frivolous and advanced without reasonable cause.
2012 c 117 § 126; 1985 c 69 § 1; 1973 c 66 § 3; 1971 ex.s. c 250 § 12.]
From the Washington Cannabis Institute ANovember 18, 2013:
The rules governing the implementation of I-502 limit pesticides that may be used to produce recreational marijuana. The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recently produced the list of acceptable pesticide products.
Only authorized pesticide products may be used. Using an unauthorized pesticide is a public safety license violation and can result in the cancellation of a producer’s license (see WAC 314-55-520).
WAC 314-55-010(13) defines a pesticide as meaning, but is not limited to: (a) Any substance or mixture of substances intended to prevent, destroy, control, repel, or mitigate any insect, rodent, snail, slug, fungus, weed, and any other form of plant or animal life or virus, except virus on or in a living person or other animal which is normally considered to be a pest; (b) any substance or mixture of substances intended to be used as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant; and (c) any spray adjuvant. Pesticides include substances commonly referred to as herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides.
Licensed producers can use pesticides registered by WSDA under chapter 15.58 RCW that are allowed for use in the production, processing, and handling of marijuana.
If a particular pesticide is not consistent with the allowable pesticide criteria WSDA uses for marijuana production, the applicator could unknowingly be in violation of Washington pesticide laws (RCW 15.58.150(2)(c) and WAC 16-228-1500(1)(b)).
We recommend that pesticides from the OMRI list be cross-checked with the list of over 200 pesticides registered by WSDA that are allowable for use in marijuana production in PICOL.
A preliminary list of over 200 pesticides registered by WSDA under chapter 15.58 RCW that are allowed for use in the production, processing, and handling of marijuana can be found at Washington State University’s (WSU) PICOL (Pesticide Information Center Online) database at:
Under the “crop” drop-down menu choose: “I-502/I-692 (WA Only).”
PICOL lists the regulatory status of pesticides, as determined by WSDA. Updates can be made on a daily basis as pesticides are registered (and cancelled) by WSDA.
Using the PICOL Database
WSU has prepared tutorials as a starting point for prospective marijuana producer applicants in using the PICOL database.
If you have any questions, please contact the WSLCB Marijuana Licensing Unit at email@example.com.
(1) The director may deny, suspend, or revoke any provision of a license, registration, permit or certification issued under chapters 17.21 and 15.58 RCW if it is found that the applicant or the holder of the license, permit, or certification has committed any of the following acts each of which is declared to be a violation
Guidance–BSA Expectations Regarding Marijuana-Related Businesses
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One of the things that has always fascinated us since we started our cannabis business law practice back in 2010, is how incredibly few lawyers have ever voiced any opposition — virtually zero. Lawyers are lawyers and that means we are legalistic and logical and lawyers usually give us the following four, eminently practical, logical and legalistic reasons for believing in legalization:
- There’s no reason to treat alcohol and pot differently under the law.
- Our pot laws are not fairly applied and they never will be. Wealthy White kids get off easy, poor African-American kids don’t. This sort of inequality of enforcement and punishment weakens our laws and weakens our legal system, and that is not a good thing. Without support by the people and legitimacy, law means little.
- We spend money on pot prohibition that would be better spent elsewhere.
- Much illegal pot money goes to funding gangs. We need to cut that off.
Uber-scientist Albert Einstein apparently thinks like a lawyer in that during prohibition he talked about how the flouting of some laws leading to the flouting of others:
The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.”
The same is true of pot.
As lawyers wanting rule by law, we support legalization.
The state of Washington is one of only nine states that does not levy a personal income tax nor a corporate income tax.
There is no inheritance tax, but the state imposes an estate tax on estates in excess of $2 million at rates ranging from 10% to 19%.
Washington State Tax Questions & Answers – Business, audits, e-filing, general questions.
Where to mail FEDERAL IRS tax forms within Washington State:
|If you ARE NOT enclosing a payment, use this address:
||If you ARE enclosing payment, use this address:
|Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888-0002
|Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 7704
San Francisco, CA 94120-7704
|Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888-0015
|Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 7704
San Francisco, CA 94120-7704
||Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888-0014
|Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 7704
San Francisco, CA 94120-7704
Other useful Web links to WA taxpayers associations, CPA groups,
business organizations or general U.S. state tax facts & information :
Moving to Washington State – Cost of Living, Taxes, Jobs, Schools
Washington State Board of Tax Appeals
Washington Society of CPAs
Washington IRS Office Locations
Statistics of Income (SOI) Bulletin – Winter 2014 (entire publication in PDF)
Individual Income Tax Returns, Preliminary Data, 2012
by Michael Parisi
For Tax Year 2012, taxpayers filed 144.9 million U.S. individual income tax returns, a decrease of 0.4 percent from the 145.6 million returns filed for Tax Year 2011. This decrease occurred because of the large decline in returns filed by taxpayers in the smaller adjusted gross income (AGI) classifications. The largest decrease (3.9 percent) was a 1.5 million change in the number of returns with an AGI of under $15,000.
Excel Tables: 1
Related Link: Individual Income Tax Returns
Sales of Capital Assets Panel Data Reported on Individual Tax Returns, 2004–2007
by Janette Wilson and Pearson Liddell
The IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) Division collects data on the sales of capital assets to identify trends in the capital gains and losses reported on individual tax returns. In 1999, SOI began a panel study of individual taxpayers to measure the trends in taxes and income, including capital gains and losses, at different points in time. SOI designed the panel sample to represent all Tax Year 1999 returns, including late returns.
Excel Tables: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Split-Interest Trusts, Filing Year 2012
by Lisa Schreiber Rosenmerkel
The number of Forms 5227 filed with the IRS has consistently declined in recent years. Preparers filed 113,688 Forms 5227 with the IRS in Filing Year 2012, a 3.4-percent decline from Filing Year 2011.
Excel Tables: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Related Link: Split-Interest Trust Statistics
Nonprofit Charitable Organizations, 2010
by Paul Arnsberger
Nonprofit charitable organizations exempt from income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501(c)(3) filed 269,474 Forms 990 and 990-EZ and reported $2.9 trillion in assets for Tax Year 2010, an increase of 9 percent from the previous year.
Excel Tables: 1, 2, 3, 4
Related Link: Charities and Other Tax-Exempt Organizations Statistics
- SOI Sampling Methodology and Data Limitations
- SOI Projects, Contacts, and Public Release Information
- SOI Products and Services
In the Next Issue
The following articles are tentatively planned for inclusion in the spring 2014 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin, scheduled to be published in May 2014:
- Individual income tax rates and tax shares, 2011;
- High-income tax returns, 2011;
- Individual foreign-earned income and foreign tax credit, 2011;
- Exempt organizations unrelated business income taxes, 2010;
- Municipal bonds, 2011; and
- Large nonoperating foundations panel, Tax Year 1998–2010
Historical Tables and Appendix
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With the passage of I-502, businesses and communities are seeking information about what impacts recreational marijuana (cannabis) growers and processors may have on the environment and what environmental permits might be required in the state of Washington.
General licensing questions are addressed by the state Liquor Control Board.
Permits are site specific
As with all proposed projects, I-502 licensees should start by considering local regulations and ask what approvals may be needed through their county or city permitting offices. Permits and permissions for a project depend on zoning rules, location and operation information.
A pre-approval meeting will help determine whether to complete an environmental checklist (SEPA). This checklist provides an initial snapshot of a project’s environmental impacts. Decision-makers must consider likely environmental consequences.
As projects move forward, proponents may want to coordinate with Ecology, Liquor Control Board (LCB) and the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA).
Possible permits and environmental considerations
This is not a comprehensive list, but designed to prompt consideration as projects evolve.
- A greenhouse growing or processing operation may need an air quality permit for the heating system. The need would be based on the size of the heating unit and amount of fuel used if the system is not electrical.
- Odors may need to be controlled.
- Growers and processors may be able to discharge wastewater to local sewage treatment plants. Growers and product processors can contact their regional Ecology offices or local jurisdictions to be sure they can discharge to local sewers.
- If they cannot, they can seek information from Ecology to determine if they need a water quality permit to protect surface and groundwater.
- Marijuana growers may or may not need a water right permit to water plants.
- Water availability can vary significantly from county to county or water source to water source.
- Industrial greenhouses and outdoor growers may be able to hook up to an existing water purveyor, such as a city utility or irrigation district.
- Growing operations and greenhouses are limited in size by the Liquor Control Board and as a small use may qualify under a permit exemption for a groundwater well.
- There may be local rules or requirements related to a new permit exempt well or new surface water uses, depending on the watershed.
- On May 20, 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation issued a policy statement prohibiting the use of federal water or facilities for the cultivation of marijuana. Questions on the policy should be directed to the bureau.
- Solid waste management is regulated at the local level by county health departments. Businesses should consult with their local health department to determine the amount of solid waste oversight needed.
- Marijuana licensing rules require that marijuana stems and organic waste from growing and processing operations be rendered unusable by mixing them with 50 percent other materials and grinding them up before disposal or composting.
- Growers and processors should employ common recycling and e-cycling practices.
- Growers should consider pesticide management and consult with the Washington Department of Agriculture on pesticide and fertilizer use.
- If any dangerous wastes are generated, dangerous waste regulations need to be followed. Some dangerous wastes to consider:
- Any waste with 10 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or greater would designate as a dangerous waste.
- Fluorescent bulbs or other bulbs with mercury.
- Unused pesticides/herbicides/etc. that are to be disposed.
- Possible waste containing solvents.http://www.ecy.wa.gov/topics/marijuana.html
WHEREAS,the University of Washington, as required by statute, recently released its summaryof existing knowledge regarding the causes, impacts, and effects of
climate change on Washington State con including
Human activities have increased atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases to levels unprecedented in at least the past 800,000 years;
Washington has experienced long-term warming, a lengthening of the frost-free season,and more frequent nighttime heat waves. Sea level is rising along most of Washington’s coast, coastal ocean acidity has increased, glacial area and spring snowpack have declined, and peak streamflows in many rivers have shifted earlierin the year
Three key areas of risk, specifically changes in the natural timing of water availability, sea level rise and ocean acidity, and increased forest mortality, will likely bring significant consequences for the economy, infrastructure, natural systems, and human health of the region;and Decisions made today about greenhouse gas emissions will have a significant effect onthe amount of warming that will occur after mid-century;WHEREAS, studies conducted by the University of Oregon found that the effects of climate
change on water supplies, public health, coastal and storm damage, wildfires,and other impacts,will cost Washington almost $10 billion per year after 2020, unless we take additional actions to
mitigate these effects
Link to Washington State Jovernor Jay Inslee Executive orders:
By Austin Jenkins Northwest Public Radio
Fri May 9, 2014
For months now, Washington Republicans have been predicting that Governor Jay Inslee will use his executive powers to enact something called a low-carbon fuel standard. Inslee acknowledges he’s looking at ways to do this without legislative approval. Either way he thinks Washington is poised to move forward.
“I think it’s a probability that we will be able to fashion a low carbon fuel standard that will be effective for the state of Washington both for carbon pollution and from a cost-containment standpoint,” Inslee said. “From what I know today, I think it’s a likelihood we will succeed in fashioning that, but I want to reiterate we’re going to have a very sophisticated, thorough evaluation of that before I make that ultimate decision.”
Inslee was speaking on Seattle Channel’s “Civic Cocktail” program. A low-carbon fuel standard is basically a requirement that vehicle fuels be blended with less carbon-intensive alternative fuels. Governor Inslee has promised a “deliberative, public process” as he pursues carbon pollution reduction measures in Washington. Legislative Republicans oppose a fuel standard and say it could drive up the cost of gasoline.
Copyright 2014 Northwest News Networkhttp://nwpr.org/post/inslee-predicts-washington-will-adopt-controversial-fuel-standard
As the Pentagon reports spending of over $1 billion on bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria, ex-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the fight against the Islamist movement may take as long as 30 years.
Since mid-June, when militants from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, or ISIL) launched their lightning offensive in Iraq, the Pentagon has spent $1.1 billion on fighting the militia, US Central Command reported Monday.
The US Navy has spent $62 million on about 185 warheads, including 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
The US Air Force has spent far more on munitions, dropping some 1,000 smart bombs and rockets during its sorties, AP reported CentCom as saying.
Officials say the campaign has cost an average of $7 million to $10 million a day since June. The cost escalated after the US started bombing IS positions in Iraq in early August and then expanded to Syria in September.
The report confirmed an estimate by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), a Washington-based think tank with ties to the Pentagon, which said a week ago that the campaign against ISIS had probably already cost between $780 and $930 million.
READ: Nearly $1bn already spent on US military campaign against ISIS
The US military spending, supported by a coalition of some 40 nations, doesn’t appear to have stopped IS from scoring new victories. Its fighters have been advancing in the battle for the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani overnight, with two IS flags still visible over the eastern side of the town, Reuters reported.
The fight against IS may take quite a long time, according former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta, who said “we’re looking at kind of a 30-year war” in an interview with USA Today.
“It’s going to take a long time to go after these elements,” he said.
Panetta, whose memoir, “Worthy Fights,” is about to hit bookstores, criticizes President Barack Obama in the book for rushing the Iraq withdrawal in 2011. The decision was based on the assumption that Iraq’s own US-trained army and security forces would be able to provide security in the country. But in reality, Iraq slid into a violent quagmire that culminated with a surprise insurgent offensive that Baghdad’s troops did little to prevent.
***Note from Anna: How many hospitals, schools, elder care centers, or food programs could this money be funding? How many jobs could be created? Endless war budgets have gutted the taxpayers, made the world’s weapons companies CEOs (and the politicians who support them) billionaires while leaving America completely unsafe militarily, socially, and health-wise.
How many epidemics(aside from Ebola) will spread across America as funding from healthcare is diverted to endless wars overseas? Everyone loses. VOTE THEM *ALL* OUT IN 2016.
Remove *all* of the rotten-to-the-core, unrepentant judges, cops, lobbyists, and politicians from the past two generations of Republicans, Democrats, Moderates,and extremists need to be shown the door. They are finished.
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Many states, like my home state of Florida, have broad freedom of information laws. Known in Florida as the Sunshine Laws, the state’s citizens can request a wide range of information from the government. Under the laws, so long as the information is not made confidential by a specific statute/law, then the government has an obligation to provide the citizen with whatever is requested. As a state and local tax (“SALT”) practitioner, I often use this knowledge to my advantage. I often request documents and statistics from the state that I find beneficial to myself, my client, or my practice.
Other states have similar laws. In Kentucky, the Open Records Act gives its citizens a mechanism to request a broad spectrum of information from its government. Like many state agencies believe, the Kentucky Department of Revenue thought it was above the law. In a decision sounded on no legal basis, the DOR in Kentucky did not make available to its citizens some 700 administrative court decisions because it feared it would disclose confidential taxpayer information. Further, the DOR argued that producing some 700 opinions was overly burdensome and would not be helpful to its citizens. Mark Sommer, an attorney in Louisville, had a fundamental problem with the secrecy of the government and challenged the DOR’s interpretation of the law by filing suit.
In a well-crafted argument, Sommer essentially argued that the taxpayers have a fundamental right to be aware of what its government is doing. The government should not be allowed to make rulings in secrecy when transparency would give others guidance as to how the government is interpreting and administering the law. The DOR disagreed and believed that such rulings would not be helpful to its taxpayers. In addition to be being “burdened” by producing some 700 rulings, the production would unduly infringe on the privacy rights of taxpayers.
On August 26, 2014, a Kentucky Court ruled that the DOR was obliged to release redacted copies of its final rulings under the Act. The judge concluded that the law was “abundantly clear” and the DOR could comply with this “burdensome” ruling without infringing on taxpayer privacy. Judge Shepard went on to state that he balanced the privacy interests of the taxpayers against the public’s right to be informed about its governments workings, and held that the public’s right to be informed outweighed the privacy concerns.
Following the ruling, Sommer stated that the Kentucky judge “set the standard for what transparency in SALT matters should really be about.” The attorney for Tax Analysts, Cornish Hitchcock, continued, “The decision is an important victory over ‘secret law’ that affects taxpayers without their knowledge. The Department’s ruling are definitive statements of the agency’s interpretation of Kentucky tax law, and they can be cited against taxpayers even when taxpayers don’t know that they exist.”
This case serves as one of countless examples of the need for government accountability. Without transparency the government is free to be overly oppressive and unfair to its citizens. Something just seems fishy about a government unwilling to share its interpretation of laws with its citizens. I commend the team involved in fighting this peculiar issue in Kentucky. If other states are equally unfair about similar issues then I hope others follow Kentucky’s lead and fight back.
About the author: Mr. Donnini is a multi-state sales and use tax attorney and an associate in the law firm Moffa, Gainor, & Sutton, PA, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Donnini’s primary practice is multi-state sales and use tax as well as state corporate income tax controversy. Mr. Donnini also practices in the areas of federal tax controversy, federal estate planning, Florida probate, and all other state taxes including communication service tax, cigarette & tobacco tax, motor fuel tax, and Native American taxation. Mr. Donnini received his LL.M. in Taxation at NYU. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact him via email JerryDonnini@Floridasalestax.com or phone at 954-642-9390http://www.floridataxlawyer-blog.com/2014/10/kentucky-dors-secrets-revealed.html
State of Colorado
LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMITTEE
Representative Angela Williams
Senator Steve King
Senator Lucia Guzman
Representative Su Ryden
Senator Owen Hill
Representative Jerry Sonnenberg
Representative Dan Nordberg Senator Lois Tochtrop
OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR
Dianne E. Ray
Deputy State Auditor
Legislative Audit Manager
Dianne E. Ray, CPA
Office of the State Auditor
June 25, 2013
Members of the Legislative Audit Committee:
This report contains the results of a performance audit of Colorado’s medical marijuana
regulatory system. The audit was conducted pursuant to Section 2-3-103, C.R.S., which
authorizes the State Auditor to conduct audits of all departments, institutions, and agencies of
state government. This second of two reports presents our findings, conclusions, and
recommendations and the responses of the Department of Public Health and Environment and
the Department of Revenue. The first report was released in March 2013.
FBI Forces Police Departments Across The US to Keep Quiet About Cellphone Spying Gear
Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:
Not only are local police departments across the United States increasingly relying on so-called StingRay devices to conduct surveillance on cell phone users, but cops are being forced to keep quiet about the operations, new documents reveal.
Recent reports have indicated that law enforcement agencies from coast to coast have been turning to IMSI-catcher devices, like the StingRay sold by Florida’s Harris Corporation, to trick ordinary mobile phones into communicating device-specific International Mobile Subscriber Identity information to phony cell towers — a tactic that takes the approximate geolocation data of all the devices within range and records it for investigators. Recently, the Tallahassee Police Department in the state of Florida was found to have used their own “cell site simulator” at least 200 times to collect phone data without once asking for a warrant during a three-year span, and details about the use of StingRays by other law enforcement groups…
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