by Lois Krafsky-Perry
for Citizen Review
Sequim, WA – Thursday, October 22, 2015 – Although twenty four members of the girls high school swim team begged for time, the board voted to close the pool facility, Friday, October, 30th.
Approximately 150 people packed the meeting room, of the City hall, and people also gathered, in the hallways. Many attendees spoke in favor of keeping the facility open and two people suggested the board resign.
Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center (SARC) formed under Clallam County Parks and Recreation District #1, was opened, in the Spring, of 1988. Continue reading
by Lois Krafsky-Perry
for Citizen Review
Monday, August 17, 2015
Sequim, WA – “This is a very important meeting for our Board of Commissioners. It appears public funding will not be available,” said Chairman of the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center (SARC) Frank Pickering. “Do not refight election or place blame. We are looking for broad scale ideas. What is practical and what happens as a Board. How long funds will last depends on monthly review. If we cannot find anything, there will be a shut-down,” continued Pickering.
A meeting of approximately 150 people rallied August 12, at the SARC gymnasium to try to figure out what to do about the reported threat for running out of funds this next year for SARC.
New business included:
1-Briefing of options (Legal and Financial) Facing SARC – Craig L Miller Atty.
2-Consolidation of SARC Accounts (Craig L Miller)
Many people were there to offer innovative ideas on keeping the pool and not relying on giving it to other sources.
Craig Ritchie, speaking for the City of Sequim, and YMCA representative Gary Huff, expressed an interest in taking or sharing SARC.
SARC owns 5.0400 acres, and was purchased for $100,000, according to Clallam County assessment records.
The pool was voted on by the people in 1984, and after much opposition, was passed by a little over 60 percent. The people were promised they would have a swimming pool, for the community, if they passed that levy. (The summer only outdoor pool, located NW of Sequim high school, was later destroyed.) The plan was to make the new indoor pool self-sufficient, as soon as possible.
Several years later, the tax-payers were relieved as that goal was met as promised and SARC became self-sufficient.
Many people in the community, at the time of the building, worked on raising funds through donations and selling memberships.
Excitement filled the air with the realization that children could learn to swim all year round and adults could also enjoy year- round recreation.
SARC was built in 1986-87 and opened Spring of 1988. The facility housed a swimming pool, a small children’ pool, a sauna, a hot tub and a diving board. There was an upstairs office section, and a workout and/or meeting room. A gymnasium downstairs, two exercise rooms with exercise machines, a small racket-ball court and small handball court were also included. It was publicized, at that time, that it would be a two million dollar building project. The exact figures may have been lost in records which have been reported as destroyed, with the exception of the past five years.
Since the building of our community pool, there have been expansions such as: extra rooms with work-out equipment, steam room and large pool slide. Maintenance and operations expenses have increased. Many blame poor management, in the past. These reasons have been given to challenge the community for more tax dollars.
An appeal to the tax-payers for another six year levy operations and maintenance levy failed in November 2014. They asked for 12 cents per thousand assessed value, of property taxes.
In August 2015, an independent group, Citizens for SARC, placed Proposition 1 which would have created a Metropolitan Park District (MPD) on the August 4 ballot. It failed by 60-40 % vote. They suggested 12 cents per thousand; however, according to state law, it could have run as high as 75 cents per thousand.
An August 13 letter of support was sent to the Board Chair, Frank Pickering from Dist 1 Clallam County Commissioner Jim McEntire. He wrote, “As for me, now that the people have spoken, I want to be part of the solution in finding a way forward for SARC’s survival. If we can find a business model that solves SARC’s cash flow issue, I will be happy to support a grant from the Opportunity Fund to solve the pool air handler problem.”
Attendee Rick Zander said he talked to a lot of people about ideas to save money. Close the big pool in the winter,” suggested Zander. “Perhaps a small levy,” was another idea.
” A levy just for the pool?” asked Board Chair Frank Pickering. “I will put it on the list, ” he added.
One Sequim citizen, who had worked on the original plans for the pool, shared some history. “We helped build the pool with fundraisers. It was positive. Nobody paid except for what was necessary. We built the pool for education and children. That pool is the foundation of SARC. We all pitched in and sold over 2,000 passes,” she said.
The longtime resident exhorted people to turn negative around now. “We paid for this pool, in the black, for years,” she recalled.
She complimented Director Scott Deschenes and asked for support for the elected board. “The City gave us a headache, when we started,” she said. She recommended fundraisers, grants, bricks etc, for ways to keep the pool. She received a large applause for her comments.
Dick Hazleton, said he was a member, but not a user.”I voted yes each time,” he announced. He continued, “this is a valuable asset. Look at the pool to look at the future. “Save SARC why,” he asked. He suggested good marketing to let people feel ownership. “There is a lack of sense of ownership,” said Hazleton.
A gentleman, in response to an earlier presentation by City of Sequim, Craig Ritchie, asked if the park district does not go, will it go to the school district? “What if the school district does not want it, can they sell it?” he asked.
“The Superior Court would ask for someone else,” was the answer, from Board attorney Craig Miller.
Eckart Mildenstein, who ran for commissioner, if the Metropolitan Park District levy had passed, shared some ideas. “It needs to be a community effort, not just taxpayers,” he announced. He suggested raising money through drives. He offered to give a thousand dollars of his money if others would donate a certain amount. He also suggested, ‘a legacy program’.
Volunteers was another suggestion, but Miller stated that SARC insurance does not allow it. “Lower the hours and create another fee structure,” was also suggested.
Trainer Alicia Demetropolis asked if they could file a new levy ballot, but Miller said the date to decide for the November ballot would have been August 4th. That was the deadline date for the Proposition 1 election.
Craig Ritchie, attorney for City of Sequim, was introduced by Pickering, to speak about Legal Options. “I’m not a finance person. The matter is left to those responsible for funds,” he said. He noted some matters exist for a shut-down.
Ritchie discussed dissolution of SARC,” as a ‘separate entity’.
“Authority is vested in the [SARC] Board of Commissioners. That has not changed. The Board is the best way to proceed. They have the power to determine closure, if necessary, use of funds and alter operations in any fashion,” determined Ritchie. He said the Board determines closing all or part of the facility and also hours reduction.
“What happens in the event SARC does not find a way to proceed for future? There is a State Park Resolution that deals with dissolution. It is a type of municipal entity,” noted Ritchie.
He stated that the SARC Board of Commissioners can declare to dissolve or declare other districts for succession for transfer of assets, if not indebtedness, transfer contracts or real property. All districts, if they want a successor taxing district, when you have had discussion and is acceptable to Board.
Ritchie gave an example of a Port District amendment or Statute, dealing with dissolution of non-functioning district. A Superior Court hearing for a petition, if solvent, and all assets would be transferred to School District. He did not note the Statute number.
An audience member then uttered, “no way.”
The City representative then continued, “If a court determines, assets could be sold at a Sheriff’s sale (distress not fair market) for cash, etc. It would be applied to Park and Recreation District obligation.”
Ritchie stated there could be a levy to taxpayers to pay off debt. “Not aware that latter procedure to be triggered,” he added. He said there could be transfer to another taxing district, which brought sighs from several attendees.
Chairman Pickering announced, there has been a lot of mis-information going around. We will discuss at a Work Session or Board meeting–to be announced.”
“Asking questions and also asking the Public and City of Sequim. “the Board would like to see a 3 way partnership City, County, and SARC and a win, win, win combination,” announced Pickering.
Craig Ritchie continued by pitching for MPD (Municipal Park District), combining several ideas, for the future. “I feel more comfortable with a written intergovernmental document or agreement,” he announced, as he mentioned a Statute. He did not supply the statute number, which is apparently a statute about a Municipal Park District. He offered a prepared sample agreement for the Board.
It should be included in Board minutes, for approval at the next Board meeting.
“How an MPD is run and how funds are distributed… terms should be in there.” stated Ritchie.
He stated that SARC is top number one of Clallam County. A constant figure is $384,000 starting off as soon as we can get money–2017. He mentioned tennis courts and the school district, and stated that the Senior Center could be a contract for supplemental activities.
Ritchie discussed Master Projects and also City operation with Boys and Girls Club. He stated that Kirkland’s- National was $1,000,000 for a Recreation Center. “The City paid the rest and contracted back,” he said.
Ritchie said that 19 cents per thousand would be a starting figure for a levy.
Board member Sherry Nagel asked,”Why does the City think 19 cents might work? It is actually 75 cents figure.”
Ritchie answered, “We are planning on asking for this.”
Miller asked if the people would vote for it. It was discussed that a larger amount of people users increases the voter base. “Typically elected officials don’t want to increase taxes, or they don’t get elected,” offered Ritchie. Miller said, “Trust that they will do what they say and not what they want to do.”
Citizen David LaFreed asked,” Does the law allow when formed, what taxes will be for start?” Ritchie said, “no” and they could not tell voters.
Pickering stated, ‘we said we would work with the City Council.” He said they are working to get a group together. Board member Gil (Goodman) will be working with you,” he said.
Pickering then remarked, “the only people that lose are the citizens of the area”
“We could reach agreement for a temporary financing that would have to be contingent on the MPD and the MPD money would come in later,” said Ritchie. Then he added, “we could possibly get bonds.”
Attorney Miller said, “Yes, they could sell it, ” which was in answer to a question, by an attendee. The question was about a sale of SARC.
Port Angeles YMCA (Young Mens Christian Association) Financial Director, Gary Huff was introduced and voiced some possible ideas. “I am here to suggest or at least look at an option. Unfortunately we are not a white knight,” he announced. Huff said they have the same mission as SARC. “We have 80 percent membership and 20 percent is raised….We have a policy that nobody is turned away, ” he said.
YMCA also has scholarships. Huff offered a Consultant at the YMCA’s expense. “Could we really make it work?” he asked. He said it would take a couple months to do fund raising possibilities, business plan and audits. “Duplicating and competing is not our business,” said Huff.
It was announced that Frank Pickering and Sherry Nagel will work with Huff.
Tom Locke, Chairman of Olympic Medical Center, said, “we also are not a white knight.” He expressed an interest in examining ideas to work with SARC.
Robert Hitchcock, General manager of Sherwood Village said,” we are looking for memberships for all our residents.
SARC Board chairman Pickering announced that they are still meeting their budget.
July Vouchers were $37,939.
Director Scott Deschenes reported that the National average is 65 percent spent and 68 percent was spent.
Pickering said he is being asked if SARC is remaining open. “Based on future sales, 80 percent revenue is good,”he said.
The board chairman is hoping the community will keep up revenue and keep SARC going.
Opinion by Lois Krafsky-Perry
for Citizen Review
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Sequim, WA – With the 60-40 vote against a new Metropolitan Park District, it is time for the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center’s (SARC) elected board to get to work. It is the responsibility of that board to fulfill their duties. It is not bail-out time for them, as some assumed.
Our community in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, in good faith, originally voted for a swimming pool. That did not include additional buildings on additional real estate, some of which SARC still owns. The $85,000 slide purchased by SARC which is hardly ever used, was another bad decision. Continue reading
6.5M people with active Social Security numbers are 112 or older: IG Agency urged to update its files
Roughly 6.5 million people with active Social Security numbers are age 112 and older, according to an audit by the Social Security Administration’s inspector general.
The March 4 audit concluded that the administration “did not have controls in place to annotate death information” on the the main electronic file, called Numident, for Social Security numberholders who exceeded maximum reasonable life expectancies and were likely deceased.
“We obtained Numident data that identified approximately 6.5 million numberholders born before June 16, 1901 who did not have a date of death on their record,” the report states. Continue reading
Special Report by Erin Shannon,
Director, Center for Small Business
Washington Policy Center
Snapshot of Minimum Wage Earners in Washington State
- The average family income of a minimum wage earner in Washington State is $47,540.
- In Washington State, just 8 percent of minimum wage earners are single parents with children.
- Nearly 60 percent of minimum wage earners in Washington State live with a family member or have a spouse who also works.
- In Washington State, fewer than 4 percent of minimum wage workers have a college degree.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A bill to renew federal subsidies to timber counties has been filed in the Senate.
The Secure Rural Schools program made up for federal timber revenues that declined as environmental protections reduced national forest logging, but it expired last year. Efforts to renew it failed in the lame-duck session of Congress. Continue reading
Court-mandated basic education funding will occupy center stage when the 64th Legislature convenes at noon Monday for what many observers see as one of the most important sessions in memory.
Top priorities include a voter-approved class size reduction measure and a comprehensive transportation package. Above all, a new two-year budget will dominate the 105-day regular session, with possibly special sessions to follow. Continue reading
There were approximately 50 people present to listen to Home Rule Charter District 1 candidates introduce themselves, and hear Dr. Tom Greisamer and incumbent Steve Tharinger debate the issues.
In a nutshell, Tharinger favors more taxes to cover an ever-rising budget at the state level, while Greisamer believes there is enough money already, and commonsense adjustments need to be made, especially in the bureaucracies. Continue reading
Supplemental budget, veteran and homeless bills pass as session ends. Bills on other big issues fail
The House and Senate gavels came down simultaneously at seven minutes to midnight on Thursday, as the legislature adjourned “sine die” (Latin for “no more meeting days”) to the cheers of lawmakers and staff who had been working at a fast pace to finalize and pass legislation.
Lawmakers passed a compromise supplemental operating budget (SB 6002) that adds about $155 million in spending to the $33.6 billion 2013-15 budget, including $58 million more for school supplies and technology, $22 million more for mental health programs and $25 million for the Opportunity Scholarship fund. The bill passed by large bi-partisan votes, 83-15 in the House, and 48-1 in the Senate. Continue reading
Washington State – Gov. Jay Inslee gets a chilly reception at the annual legislative summit of the Association of Washington Business. New AWB president Kris Johnson looks on.
OLYMPIA, Feb. 7. 2014 —A hush fell over the room Thursday as Gov. Jay Inslee described his plan to raise the state minimum wage – and then came the groans.
Which probably tells you what business thinks of the idea. At the annual legislative summit of the Association of Washington Business in Olympia Thursday, there was no point in running an applause-meter, because there wasn’t any. Continue reading
(Sequim Gazette Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series on planned spending on public facilities. Next week we’ll look at how Clallam citizens will pay for these construction projects.)
In 2014, and in the years following, look for an explosion in spending on new public facilities in Clallam County.
Plans now call for more than $50 million in new construction spending in the next three years alone — maybe much more.
No one can say with certainty what’s behind the remarkable boom in capital projects, but the same theories repeatedly emerge.
Jim McEntire, who represents the eastern portion of Clallam County on the county board of commissioners, suggests one cause is the “pent-up capital spending plans due to the financial meltdown of 2007 and 2008.”
This morning, Governor Inslee will be signing a climate agreement with other west coast governors and the BC Premier. According to the Governor’s office and press reports, the agreement will cover:
- Transitioning to clean modes of transportation, including actions to address fuels, cars and rail
- Investing in clean energy and climate-resilient infrastructure, including actions to support energy efficiency and permit streamlining
These policy areas are the exact areas to be considered as part of the Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup (CLEW) process, which is still in the middle of analyzing policies and taking public comment.
What happens if the recommendations of the CLEW contradict the agreement signed by the Governor?
On Saturday, the Governor’s office belatedly sent an e-mail out promising the agreement is “consistent with what he said at the last CLEW meeting” and that “how these actions are taken remains to be considered by CLEW.” This, however, undercuts the entire purpose of the CLEW. Continue reading
Senate Democrats have begun a renewable energy blitz, with two bills mandating an increase in renewable use through 2025.
Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Mark Udall of Colorado introduced a bill last week that would require that 25 percent of the country’s power come from renewable energy sources by 2025. Continue reading
Today we start another Trojan Heron series called “Pure Imagination” about the environmental-ish ideas we confront daily in the San Juans. The series title comes from a famous song in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and one of the stanzas could be the motto for the Friends and their friends.
We’ll beginWith a spinTraveling inThe world of my creationWhat we’ll seeWill defyExplanation
Books like Fast Food Nation exposed the dark side of the All-American Meal, and there is a dark side to environmental-ish ideas too … and oddly the two dark sides are linked. Like McDonalds, environmental-ish organizations spew images of wholesome goodness … but there is an underlying profit motive distorting the truth. The truth about environmental-ish organizations is that their “wilderness loving” policies and actions actually promote urbanism … by being against rural living. They even support and promote factory farming … by demanding Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) for new family farming and suing to shut down family-run aquaculture. Continue reading
Real Clear Policy
The housing market’s strong rally is welcome news for construction workers, whose industry was one of the hardest hit during the recession. Unfortunately, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is hampering the recovery, helping to drive up the price of timber and ship American jobs and dollars overseas. The organization’s ill-conceived double standards are yet another example of well-intentioned regulations killing jobs while doing little to actually protect the environment.
In 1992, a United Nations summit introduced the concept of “forest certification” to help consumers identify forest products — wood, paper, cardboard, and much more — that had been harvested in an environmentally responsible way. The intentions of this summit, to bring standards to a growing international industry, were noble, but not all of the standards that emerged were fair and uniform for the participating countries. And while the certifying organizations are private, governments often require builders to receive certification, either to participate in subsidy programs or just to build at all. Continue reading
PROMOTING THE UNITED NATIONS, ICLEI and NGO’S AGENDA
in the GLOBAL Change Research Act of 1990
INTERNATIONAL UNITED NATIONS Framework Convention on Climate Change
U.S. Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
WA State Puget Sound Partnership
The USGCRP began as a GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH presidential initiative in 1989 and was MANDATED by CONGRESS in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-606), which called for “a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and THE WORLD to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”
NASA’s investment in the 13-AGENCY CCSP is 58% of the total amount of the President’s 2009 Budget Request for CCSP.
Budget In MILLIONS (the only years available on line?)
2006 $998.8 = $998.8 million
2007 $1047 million = $1.047 Billion
2009 $1057 million = $1.057 Billion
TOTAL BUDGET 1989 – 2012? TRILLIONS? Continue reading
Energy bills are rising so steeply that they could overtake mortgage repayments in parts of Britain in just five years’ time, the chief executive of supplier, First Utility, has claimed.
Ian McCaig issued the stark warning as he said energy policies must be reviewed to minimise the impact on bills and said consumers should think about turning down their heating to reduce costs. Critics have said that the Government’s environmental policies on windfarms and energy efficiency schemes, for example, are adding unnecessarily to the cost of bills.
“If things continue as they are, or even get worse, for some consumers in some parts of the country we will see energy bills overtake many other bills we have traditionally thought were the biggest items of non-discretionary spend,” Mr McCaig said. Continue reading
Nevada – Travelers through the state of Nevada notice vast expanses of wide-open spaces. Though this land lies within its borders, the state’s residents have no control over it.
Most of the land in Nevada doesn’t belong to private owners or even to the state itself. Nearly all of state’s land – more than 80% – is owned by the federal government.
Decisions regarding how this land is to be used are made by politicians and bureaucrats thousands of miles away. At times this has proven catastrophic for the Silver State. Continue reading
Olympia, WA – The bill with the narrowest margins to pass the House so far this year is HB 1473, which would create a new paperwork requirement in the construction industry. A new form would have to be filed with the state anytime “an entity in the course of business makes a payment to a construction service provider of $600 or more in a taxable year for construction services.”
The bill is an attempt to address the “underground economy.” A better way might be to consider why there is an underground economy in the first place. The term applies to business activities that are otherwise legal but conducted in violation of government rules. Often, the penalties are severe. Why do some people take the risk of violating the law when they engage in otherwise legal activities? Continue reading
Posted on February 1, 2013 9:58 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
To Port Angeles WA COUNCIL MEMBERS from Pearl Rains-Hewett
Regarding my Feb.2013 utility bill
Why are you charging me water related costs of over $90.00 a month for $1.91 of water usage?
The answer is very simple, as written in this US Senate report. These EPA mandates are sent to the state.
Then WA state passes them on to the city of Port Angeles and in turn, you pass the costs of the EPA mandates on to we the people.
Clouded Waters EPA
UNITED STATES SENATE REPORT
A Senate Report Exposing the High Cost of EPA’s Water Regulations and Their Impacts on State and Local Budgets
United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
This new, top down approach to regulating water is imposing huge financial costs without local input or any assurance of water quality improvements. The total cost for states, cities, industry, agriculture, utilities, and rate payers will be tens, if not hundreds, of billions of dollars. These are more expensive programs and unfunded federal mandates at a time when States don’t have the money to comply.
Water quality decisions need to be returned to the States and local governments, like the CWA intended. That is the most effective way “to see a huge leap forward in water quality” for future generations. Continue reading
WA State – Pearl Rains-Hewitt raises the following question: “WHO IS DEAD IN OLYMPIA? OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES?” She reports the following proposed bills which would help the people of Washington state as “dead on arrival”
Reclassify hydropower as renewable energy.
House Joint Resolution 4200 proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to require hydroelectric generation be recognized as a renewable resource. It would help recapture our state’s competitive advantage of offering abundant, affordable, clean energy for manufacturers and consumers. Did Not Receive a Public Hearing in House Environment Committee
Prioritizing state investments in storm water control.
House Bill 1235 would require the Department of Ecology to prioritize storm water assistance funding to local governments to help them satisfy their storm water permit requirements before funding other storm water-related projects. Public Hearing in House Environment Committee Continue reading
A new report paints a rosy picture of America’s energy future and points to some surprising repercussions for a nation suddenly awash in cheap oil and gas.
In its “Energy Outlook 2030,” the London-based energy firm BP asserts that the United States will be 99 percent energy self-sufficient by 2030, largely due to shale gas and oil produced by hydraulic fracturing.
As recently as 2005, the nation was only 70 percent self-sufficient. Continue reading
The state of Washington actually pays more to build affordable housing than the private sector does to build market-rate housing, one comparison of two projects in Seattle found.
Members of the House Capital Budget Committee were shown on Wednesday that the affordable housing project studied cost $14,804 more for each unit built than a comparable market-rate development.
Although the affordable units were larger than the market-rate units, other factors typically add substantial costs to the state-funded building, witnesses said.
Those include prevailing wage requirement, which compels builders on publicly funded projects to pay union wages even when non-union workers are used. Continue reading
Posted Nov. 16, 2012
In 1972, Washington State voters overwhelmingly enacted Initiative 276, providing citizens with access to most records maintained by state and local government. The new law created the Public Records Act (PRA). The preamble to the PRA says:
“The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created. Continue reading
The federal government now considers a family of four in New York City to be poor if its pre-tax income is below $37,900.Even with full medical coverage.
The calculation helps explain why newly revised Census Bureau figures hike the number of poor Americans to 49 million as of last year, further widening an already yawning gap between ordinary perceptions of poverty and how the government sees it.
This breathtaking number begs the question: What does it mean to be “poor” in the United States?
To the average American, the word “poverty” means significant material hardship and need. It means lack of a warm, dry home, recurring hunger and malnutrition, no medical care, worn-out clothes for the children. The mainstream media reinforce this view: The typical TV news story on poverty features a homeless family with kids living in the back of a van. Continue reading
How Water and Land Use Regulations and Litigation Are Destroying Us
“The hand writing on the wall” is an idiom for “imminent doom or misfortune” and for “the future is predetermined”.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The fiscal cliff is a man-made disaster waiting to happen.
It starts to take effect in January and includes $7 trillion worth of tax increases and spending cuts over a decade.
While that might seem like a deficit hawk’s dream come true, it’s anything but. Continue reading
Washington, D.C. – New data compiled by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee shows that, last year, the United States spent over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that is in poverty. The calculations are based on data from the Census, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Congressional Research Services.
“According to the Census’s American Community Survey, the number of households with incomes below the poverty line in 2011 was 16,807,795,” the Senate Budget Committee notes. “If you divide total federal and state spending by the number of households with incomes below the poverty line, the average spending per household in poverty was $61,194 in 2011.” Continue reading
Oct. 26, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ advance estimate of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the 3rd quarter showing 2 percent growth:
“Today’s report shows that the GDP grew by $190.1 billion at a 2 percent rate in the third quarter. There’s only one problem. $38 billion of that, or 20 percent, was an increase in government spending. That means without government included, the private sector only expanded by a tepid 1.6 percent. This is the best the Obama economy can do: increase government spending, meanwhile the private economy continues to flounder. Continue reading
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