July 29, 2008

Quick Hits

If the reason the chairman of the Monroe County Independence Party resigned is that party officials believe that his wife accepted $5,000 in “bribe money” from the campaign of Democratic congressional candidate Jack Davis, does that mean that they believe Davis offered $5,000 in "bribe money"?

I've never read an Indian treaty, but I'd love for someone to point out exactly where there is a provision in there allowing Native Americans to sell tax free gas & tobacco. Apparently this judge has found that provision, and another year of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes will go uncollected.

The Buffalo News has a short snippet related to the finalization of Niagara County's purchase of land in Cambria to build a new Public Works campus. The article stated that "the project is under design, and a detailed plan and cost estimate are expected this fall. A preliminary estimate was $40 million." Wrong. The preliminary estimate was $15 million. How the press continuously allows this buffoon of a County Manager to slide for his repeated screwing of the taxpayers is beyond belief. Someone please show the courage to call him out on his multi-million dollar miscalculation.

Kudos to the Niagara County IDA for agreeing to return the full $2 million that it borrowed from the county in the late 1980s to create a revolving loan fund that has been used in the years since to assist area businesses. We're also glad to see, as Gazette reporter Mark Scheer notes, "a commitment on behalf of the Republican-led majority caucus to use a $2 million loan repayment from the county’s Industrial Development Agency to support tax rate stabilization in 2009".

Last week we touched on some very positive news related to job growth and hotel occupancy in Buffalo Niagara. The good news continues with the announcement that the construction boom continues in Western New York, according to a report issued Tuesday morning by McGraw-Hill Inc. Contracts for future construction in Erie and Niagara counties totaled $157.95 million in June, running 77 percent ahead of $89.29 million in the same month a year ago.

Congressional candidate Jack Davis has a Web site that slams his 26th CD Democratic primary opponent, Jon Powers.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

When the Native Americans were exempted from paying taxes to the white man, did anybody envision a day when native Americans would be competing with our local convenience stores, that pay tax, by selling cheap gas, cigarettes and Diddy knock-off clothing?

Larry S said...

In regards to Davis, someone cannot be accused of "accepting" something if someone didn't "offer" it first. Another black eye for Davis.

Anonymous said...

For an anti-politician, Jack Davis sure acts like a seasoned politician.

Anonymous said...

The news about increased construction in Erie-Niagara is great. I will look for an article about it in the Lockport Journal. O.K., just kidding.

Anonymous said...

Good thing Brian Grear pushed so hard to get the loan paid back. Hopefully only a look at things to come.

Anonymous said...

This Jon Powers..........

This is Dan Rivera supporting Jon Powers..............

Any Questions!

Clark Griswold said...

One has to wonder how Powers and Davis beating the hell out of eachother is making Chris Lee feel about his chances. He has to be rooting them on against eachother IMO. The more they bash eachother before the primary, the better chance he has to get his own word out with less opposition from the other side.

rob clark said...

Good point Clark, if they don`t stop Chris Lee is going to just walk into office.

rob clark said...

As far as Lewis goes, I still think Niagara County would be better off with a County Executive form of Government and less Legislators. Do we really need 19?

Anonymous said...

Rob, that was already on a referendum in I believe '01, and it was soundly defeated by the public.

DS said...

If the reservations are a 'sovereign' nation, then any and all products purchased there and taken outside of Indian territory can have duties/taxes/and fees applied to them upon reimporting into our country. Or, if someone is selling a product to the 'sovereign nation' then they can be forced to pay duties/taxes/and fees on that.

If they are a 'sovereign nation', do they have "the power of a state to do everything necessary to govern itself, such as making, executing, and applying laws; imposing and collecting taxes; making war and peace; and forming treaties or engaging in commerce with foreign nations." (from West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2.)?

Or are they a special region that is not fully autonomous given special status by the US Government?

rob clark said...

I thought it was in the early 90`s. I do know we had one for a brief time around 78. Until it was removed through a court finding I believe. Maybe its time to revisit that idea.