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“They’ve abandoned the interests of smaller chambers like mine for their larger corporate members,” Stan Kosciuszko of the Butler County, Pennsylvania, Chamber told Washington Monthly. The Butler County chamber has also severed its formal links with the US Chamber.

“In 2008, a third of [the US Chamber’s] revenues came from just nineteen companies,”Washington Monthly notes.

by problembear

gonna paint a target on my backside for my stances on some of these citizens initiatives from folks in the progressive community but here goes;

CI-105 which would prevent any entity in montana from assessing a transfer tax on property sold in montana. i have the most trouble coming up with a stand on this because i highly distrust those who are pushing for it. i also question how it would stand up to constitutional review by the montana supreme court. but, i am in favor of it simply because with unemployment so high, i don’t think we want to take any more money out of the hands of homeowners who are selling low as it is in this climate.

vote yes on CI-105

CI-161 which would eliminate special hunting license arrangements for outfitters and guides would essentially make it too difficult for these important businesses to attract and hold existing clients by creating a hurdle for prospective hunters to acquire licenses on their own.  guides and outfitters provide much needed commerce to montana. at a time of increasing unemployment in this state it is not wise to shackle an industry which provides jobs for so many montanans and montana businesses used by their clients.

vote no on CI-161.

CI-164 which would cap the interest rate of payday lenders and vehicle title loan businesses at 36%.  no brainer. this criminal activity of charging our working poor and seniors on fixed incomes from 300 to 650% sucks money out of our state and lines the pockets of slime balls like allan jones.

Vote Yes on CI-164

by problembear

commentary by guests  – i want to listen and learn….if you would prefer that your comment be part of this post just email it to me at and i will cut and paste it into the pro and con portions of this post ….

to start this off i have included a link to a poll on whether this tax repeal should be allowed to sunset by congress this year or be re-enacted by varying degrees as described in the wall street journal recently.

this article is a good start to understanding the issue:

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