The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on May 28, 1976 · Page 7
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The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana · Page 7

Kalispell, Montana
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Friday, May 28, 1976
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Monurit. . M»y 21 1*7* A-- 7 X\ Da/7y /nfer Lake look at the candidates Senate District 8 Walt Dccts (K-Kalinp(-ll) Walt Whirry (R-W.-st Glacier) Senate District 10 Bob Brown -- Inc. (R-Whit«-fish) WALT DEETS A r e w e r e a l l y celebrating 200 years of f r e e d o m o r a r e w e trumpeting the arrival of a police state? Can Americans regain control of the vast self- s e r v i n g b u r e a u c r a c y through the ballot box? Taxes are revolting, why aren't we? It is time for common sense. Is organized c r i m e government bureaucracy? What are you going to do about it? WALT WHIRRY "Government is car servant -- not our master." This slogan explains why I am running for office as w e l l a s m y t h i n k i n g o n t h e m a n y i s s u e s which will come up during this election. I don't have all the answers and have never held a political office, but believe t h a t common sense, honesty, a tight rein on the budget and sound business practices can make things better for everyone. Richard Smith - Inc. (D-Columbia Falls) Here are some of the things we are looking at in the near future of Montana legislation. 1. The inequities of the reassessment of property. We can now fluctuate the mills for state and local government, the colleges and universities, but the 25 and 15 mills for grade and high schools can't be fluctuated, so there is 40 mills on the increased value of the land. This increase will dump a surplus of monies into the schools that they don't need at this time. 2. Another thing that needs altering is the tax on estates. With property reassessment going so high, family farms and family businesses under the present structure, may have to be sold just to pay the taxes. House Dist. 15 Russell Baeth - Inc. , (D-.Martin City) RICHARD SMITH There is no doubt in my mind that unless drastic updating of the current estate tax laws aren't met this sad situation will remain prevalent. House Dist. 16 Ora Halvorson - Inc. (D-Kalispell) No longer is it realistic to expect property taxes to b e a r t h e b u r d e n o f providing the revenue for services of local govern- m e n t at an ever accelerating rate. The state legislature should reduce the 40-mill mandatory statewide levy for education and the 6-mill university levy as the taxable valuation of the property rises while providing for a tax scale which will support the schools at the present levels. All property should be reappraised before new values are put into effect. The coal tax bill which I sponsored in 1975 was enacted into law and now is providing more revenue for the state. Part of this revenue should be used to f u n d t h e f o u n d a t i o n program for education, as I proposed in 1975, thereby reducing taxes. Again I shall propose this solution because these non- r e n e w a b l e r e s o u r c e s belong to all of the people of Montana and everyone s h o u l d r e c e i v e some benefit from their loss. I shall continue to oppose allowing the Flathead to become another Las Vegas because gambling will bring more costs to the tax- Of deep concern to the people of the Flathead is t h e i n e q u i t a b l e r e assessment of property and land and the manner of which it is instituted. I feel that the whole state program should be instituted at the same time. Also homes in rural communities don't have all the advantages of the cities, their sale value is less, therefore they should be assessed less. The state will have to take another look at the coal tax. I would advocate a larger portion of this money to go into a school trust fund. There are always too many bills introduced in the legislature which take some liberties away from the people. There also are bills which tend to protect the criminal and forget about the law abiding people arid their property. This trend has to be stopped. One thing I have learned after one session of legislation is that the intent of a bill be definitely defined before it goes to the gover- RUSSELL BAETH nor for his signature as it seems t h a t a f t e r the legislature has adjourned the department involved comes up with interpretations and rules which strictly are contrary to the intent of the law. There seems to be too many rules and regulations tacked onto a law which wasn't intended to be. The legislators are elected to make the laws -- not the department heads which are appointed. Probably the most talked about issue this election year is growth in government. President Woodrow Wilson is supposed fo have said "Bigness is bad," w h e t h e r a p p l i e d to business, labor or government. I tend to share this view. I think big corporations have brought about a condition of too little free market competiton in the country today. I think some labor unions have become too large and powerful, and their very bigness can frequently be the cause of union leaders being out of touch with union members. The bigness of business and l a b o r l a r g e l y i s national and international in scope and beyond the r e a c h o f t h e s t a t e legislature. But while most of our attention has been focused on the big federal government this year, the voters should realize that government in Montana also is growing rapidly. And excessive growth in s t a t e g o v e r n m e n t is something which is at least possible for state lawmakers to do something about. The number of state employes in Montana has increased nearly 30 per cent in the last eight years. General fund expenditures have increased a staggering 124 per cent during that same period. Cecil H. Storms (l-Tr«.go) BOB BROWN Growth in government is paid for by taxes, and Montana now ranks s i x t h among the 50 states in per capita payment of property taxes and llth in per capita income tax collections. The taxpayers^eserve to have a big share of the reported $50 million state g e n e r a l f u n d s u r p l u s returned to them in some form of tax relief. In addition, departments in state government should be required to periodically justify their existences in the manner of the "Sunset law" recently enacted in Colorado. Montana also should adopt a system of "zero based budgeting." Agencies should be required to justify their entire budgets rather than merely the amount of increase over the previous budget period. The irresponsibility of recent legislatures has resulted in increased taxes even though a surplus has piled up to a point where nearly J50 million is now on hand unused. I will press to have this surplus returned to the taxpayers where it belongs. With some economizing and abolition of unnecessary bureaus there will be no need for a state income tax. I w i l l i n t r o d u c e legislation to repeal the state income tax law and work to r e d u c e s t a l e government to a point where no income tax or sales lax is needed. A trend needs to be est a b l i s h e d w h e r e Montanans can keep more of what they earn and people who work should then be able to live better than those who won't. I propose to the people that they w o r k t h r o u g h t h e i r legislators to obtain lower t a x e s t h r o u g h l e s s government, s concept which is precisely what is needed to solve our most pressing problems. The result of leaving alt tax money possible in the pockets of the taxpayers would be, more jobs in the private or productive sector. The standard of living of all Americans is proportional to the a m o u n t produced. Since government is an unproductive overhead, it logically fol- lows that a reduction ta that sector Is in order ud must be accomplished before taxes c*n be let- sened. 1 will oppose any type of firearms control and will do everything possible to have repealed, any controls affecting MonUu citizens either federal or state. No weapon whether it is a knife, a chair, a 2x4, a pitchfork or a gun CM h a r m a n y o n e u n t i l motivated by an individual. Under our constitution, any property, including guns, can be accumulated and held as long as it isn't used to harm another individual. Only at the point where harm comes to another can government legally step in. An apathetic America has allowed many of our basic constitutional conc e p t s o f l i m i t e d government to disappear. This produces a socialistic trend which if carried to its conclusion will require five million ration clerks to distribute the too little, rather than the f i v e million salesmen now required to sell the too much. I will be campaigning and voting from a platform of less government and more individual responsibility. My platform will be based upon permanent principles and will not change after election -- or ever. ··-.^mw ORA HALVORSON payer and more problems to the community. Klathead Valley will have many adjustments to make as the energy situation and population squeeze hits us full force. Our beautiful valley can be protected with restraints on unbridled exploration for oil and minerals on the National Forest and by working out environmental guidelines with British Columbia and Canadian governments before Cabin Creek coal development starts. A state representative has only one voice but with the support of a community that becomes your voice to put good government into effect. Write-in votes l| 4 okay for offices *VVsJ ·/ */ ·/!/ MAX BAUCUS, n If the name of your favorite candidate doesn't appear on the J u n e 1 primary ballot, you may write in his or her name, the Flathead County clerk and recorder said. Next Tuesday, county voters will join other Montanans going to the polls to n a r r o w t h e f i e l d o f national, state and local c a n d i d a t e s f o r t h e November general election. Clerk and Recorder Ethyl Smith said Flathead electors may use the write- in privilege for all offices on the ballot including the presidential primary race. In precincts where the votomatic machines are used, spaces for write-in 0 vv)Tio,y Betty Norem (R-Kalispell) 1 seek to represent District 16, because I care. The property taxes in Montana and in the Flathead are approaching an unrealistic level. We need responsible government for you and your family. If elected, I promise to devote myseif to providing a more quality government of honest and t r u t h f u l ( t r u s t w o r t h y ) representation. I have given freely of my time to community projects. I have lived on a small farm most of my life and am very aware of the p r o b l e m s f a c i n g t h e agriculture and ranching industry. We need the representation of property owners. It is time for a proper balance between labor and business. candidates will appear on the gray envelopes carrying the voting machine cards, she said. In precincts using paper ballots, blanks for adding candidates are included on the ballot. Smith said the spaces will be blank and the voter will have to fill in the office, party and name of the write-in candidate. Absentee ballots wil) be accepted at the County Election Department at t h e F l a t h e a d C o u n t y Fairgrounds until noon Monday, she said. Polls will be open 1-8 p.m. at precincts w i t h fewer than 100 voters and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in rest of the precincts. ELECT Russell K, i (or SUPREME COURT JUSTICE Pel. Adv. parj fc' by Fl LINER FOR SUPREME COURT Cor*~i . C P. Schrfknger.Treas . Bt9:.igj UT. We rave $47 rm.jiion sitti n g n He'e^a it :s no: being used ! o r s c h o o s o r ' o a d s. f o r ""ed-ca 1 ca'e o r iaw enfo r ce- ."-e n t or eve r for a tax refund W !* uoen-'Dioy r Pe'it as as ·? -s. we ,ust can t afford to Pu $47 r : : or- out o f the RESPONDS · ON BUREAUCRACY: "We've made much progress on controlling a bureaucracy that has run rough-shod over Congress in the past. Legislation has been introduced which 1 have co-sponsored that would open the meetings of agencies and Congress; terminate ineffective programs; provide Congress with a veto over agency regulations; and reduce paperwork requirements." · ON SOCIAL SECURITY: "Social Security payments now exceed receipts due to the recession and high unemployment. The program also has its administrative problems. I can tell you that I am confident in its long-term stability and I will vote favorably for any legislation to provide adequate levels of financial assistance to senior citizens and others who rely so heavily on it." · ON NEEDS OF RURAL STATES: "I'm concerned with the problems facing less populated states such as Montana. We've begun on several fronts to stress our needs. To this end I have sponsored legislation that will improve Montana's economy, transportation, energy dependency, health care facilities, rural post offices, and our environment." BETTY NOREM W e h a v e g i a n t bureaucracy in Helena and throughout the state of Montana. The controls must be given back to the local area. I question our survival without local control of our destiny. DIMOCRAT UHDE RIPRISINTATIVE MAX Piid (of by If* SAUCUS FOR CONGRESS COMMITfEF. Lucile Spmr, S*cr« 53601. Phone 728-S1«. BAUCUS DEMOCRAT FOR CONGRESS I*ry. Jor\ Ellington Tr««ur*'. Box 102?. MissouU. Wonl»«a

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