A overwhelming approval, gas prices & Grand Forks ballot initiatives over the years

John Lotysz
American

We’ll talk about the results of the Sales Tax vote with Grand Forks native John Lotysz, gas prices and ballot initiatives over the years… Riverside Pool… The Waterpark.

Mac also discusses the future and the need to find new solutions and approaches to old problems because raising taxes simply cannot be sustained.

Eliot Glassheim talks Congress & Polling Stations

Eliot Glasshiem
Politician, Entrepreneur, Newspaper Columnist

Longtime Grand Forks politician and now a columnist for the Grand Forks Herald Eliot Glassheim joins us to talk (1) Federal Assistance after disasters and the requirements that need to go with that aid, (2) what “regular order” means in Congress, (3) the challenge that Senator Heidi Heitkamp ahead of her as she seek reelection to the US Senate and (4) his frustration at the Grand Forks City Council’s decision to have only one polling station for the November 2017 Sales Tax vote.

THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION: Steve Bannon’s “60 Minutes” Interview

Steve Bannon

PART 2 of our look at the “60 Minutes” interview that Charlie Rose did with Steve Bannon, the President’s recently resigned “Chief Strategist.”  We’ll listen and deliberate over his comments that were NOT included in the interview that played on the CBS Network.

QUESTION:  do you find him credible or not?

PLAGUED BY POLITICAL GRIDLOCK, IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE U.S. CONSTITUTION? Mark Jendrysik

Mark Jendrysik
Professor of Pol Sci
University of North Dakota

Mark Jendrysik, Professor of Political Science & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota joins us to talk about whether the nation has outgrown its need for political parties or if they still contribute to furthering the common good.
I THINK THEY SHOULD BE BANNED… THEY HAVE CLEARLY OUTLIVE THEIR USEFULNESS IF THEY EVER HAD ANY.  Jendrysick will weigh in on the subject.

VALIDATING THE NEED FOR ANOTHER TAX: Terry Bjerke

Terry Bjerke

My former Grand Forks City Council colleague Terry Bjerke joined the program to talk the prospects of a new sales tax discussion in Grand Forks. Terry is no stranger to the the details of this discussion and walks us through what he believes to be the basics of the any substantive discussion on additional revenue for the City:

  1. ASSUMPTION:  Declining City Sales Tax Revenue & declining State Infrastructure Funding will both return to “historically normal” levels within five years
  2. REVIEW & DEFINE RESERVES HELD IN THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNTS:   Loan & Stabilization, Economic Development, JDA, Cash Carryover
  3. DEFINE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED:  a finite prioritized list of those projects to be funded by additional taxes levied on the citizens of Grand Forks

With these fiscal pieces in place, Terry believes an empirically based debate can be held on the size and length of additional taxes that the City may need to levy on the citizens of Grand Forks.