Archive for May 4th, 2011

by jhwygirl

Always smart to sell at the bottom of the market.

Here’s a link to a nice website with a nifty interactive map.

Hell – there’s 3 properties in my neighborhood. Quite a few down Sula…Kalispell and Libby…and Helena too. Not only that – West Yellowstone and Livingston/Gardiner appear to have some stuff on the market too.

My guess is that we’ll all be hearing about the Civilian Property Realignment Act real soon.

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by jhwygirl

HB198 was transmitted to Governor Schweitzer last Friday, April 29th.

In his hands sits a bill that he knows is bad.

Schweitzer is, in fact, quite the hypocrite when it comes to this eminent domain bill. He lobbied heavily for this bill, from the opening of the session when he called this eminent domain bill one of the the legislature’s “most important acts” in his State of the State address back in January:

Third and this might be your most important task and if you get it right it will create thousands of jobs in Montana, if you get it wrong or you don’t finish it there will be pink slips that go to workers across Montana.

I guess Governor Schweitzer thinks if he keeps telling the press that the eminent domain bill is bad and crappy and the legislature needs to fix it, that the property owners in Northwest Energy and Tonebridge’s sights and the large number of people in opposition to this bill will feel better about the bill if (when?) he signs it or let’s it lapse into law.

In reality, what’s likely going to happen when Tonbridge go to court to force a takings on a private property owner, more property owners around the state are going to realize exactly and precisely the affects of HB198. Someone will be to blame. Since the bill had opposition and supporters on both sides of the aisle, it’s pretty easy to see where the finger-pointing is going to go.

And since he will represent to many “The Democrats,” it’s going to be “The Democrats” that are going to get targeted as anti-private property rights for…well – forever. Kinda like everyone blames Racicot and the Republicans with selling off Montana Power.

It’s a legacy that Democrats who voted on the wrong side of this bill may want to consider.

Who got played?

There was a straightforward way to do this if that is truly what they wanted to do – but the legislature and the Governor back-doored this bill in the Major Facilities Siting Act, which is amended every darn session it seems to get around any number of regulations.

So Montana becomes a colony for Canada when we hand over eminent domain power to Tonbridge, a Canadian company. And don’t forget China, either, as Otter Creek will also bring with it a railroad to transport the stuff for Wyoming and for China.

Which is another thing Governor said wouldn’t happen in his 2011 State of the State:

We will develop Montana’s energy on Montana’s terms, not as a colony for our energy hungry country.

What I want to know is while Governor Schweitzer is very vocal (lately) about how crappy this bill is…and while he lobbied very heavily for this bill – having his staff on the floor for both debates….why didn’t he speak up sooner?

Why didn’t he propose a bill?

He could have offered testimony during committee. His office did it for other bills.

This eminent domain bill HB198 will have the impact that the sale of Montana Power had on this state.

Veto it, good Governor.

by problembear

let’s hope this creates lots of new decent paying jobs. as long as the loggers stay out of our roadless areas, use sensitive best practice harvesting in riparian zones, and use good sense in minimizing soil erosion and stream sedimentation,  i don’t have a problem with creating energy with mountain pine beetle killed timber.

looks like brian is putting the pieces together for senator jon tester’s forest jobs bill which has been in limbo for quite awhile. as long as jon gets rid of the hard release language for roadless areas and ditches the idea of mandated harvest, the forest jobs act could be workable here. and if this new plant comes on line soon, we might as well start calling brian congressman schweitzer and jon tester will easily win reelection to the senate.




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