Todd Feland is the City Administrator of Grand Forks, he joined us to discuss and footnote key elements of Mayor Mike Brown’s Sales Tax increase proposal which was unveiled Monday night.
Todd walks us through the plan for infrastructure, to include 42nd St and 47th Ave South, the Plan for Reserves, the plan for existing infrastructure and the plan for use of both mils and sales tax revenue that is currently servicing permanent flood protection debt that goes away in 2021.
We also discuss the Mayor and Council’s alternatives if the sales tax is no approved. If you care to be part of an informed debate on the Sales Tax issue, you must listen to this.
Don Roberts is a retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant who fought in the Korean and Vietnam War. In May he traveled to Washington DC as a member of the WDAY coordinated “Honor Flight.” The experience so moved the longtime Grand Forks native that he’s now raising funds so that others can on the same flights
Roberts discusses his service in Korea and Vietnam, his trip to Washington DC and the Honor Flight fundraiser he’s organized for September, to be held at the Eagles Lodge in East Grand Forks.
Grand Forks native and US Women’s National Team star forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson joined MacTalk to update us on National Team training for the 2018 Olympic Games, her personal post-Olympic plans and whether she’ll continue to play and what it was like to appear on ESPN’s “The Body” issue.
Always a gracious guest, Jocelyne is a national leader and star in the world of women’s hockey and a great guest.
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.
Brian Kalk is a retired Marine Officer, a PhD, a former member of the North Dakota Public Utilities Commission and currently the Director of the EERC’s Energy Systems Development. We’ll meet the Bottineau, ND native, learn about his career and then focus on energy.
Brian gives his thoughts on what excites him about America’s current energy position and what it will take to make coal an energy resource for the FUTURE and not just the past.
Eliot Glasshiem joined us to discuss reforms to the US Constitution. Should political parties be prohibited, have they outlived their usefulness? Should political campaigns be entirely funded by Federal/State/Local funds so those elected can execute their duties in the best interests of The People who they are elected to represent. We’ll talk about it.
We also discuss the parameters for the upcoming debate for increasing the sales tax in Grand Forks.
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:
ASSUMPTION: Declining City Sales Tax Revenue & declining State Infrastructure Funding will both return to “historically normal” levels within five years
REVIEW & DEFINE RESERVES HELD IN THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNTS: Loan & Stabilization, Economic Development, JDA, Cash Carryover
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.
Kathy Lind, Craig Rogne, Ray Franks and Randy Sattler joined the program to talk CARS CARS CARS. In this weeks program we discuss (1) dream car to own, (2) proper tire rotation patterns and frequency and (3) how often should brakes be checked — and a whole lot more.