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  • Risk insurance premiums out of control

    Rob Coffman, Lincoln County Commissioner|Dec 6, 2023

    For 2024, Lincoln County will be paying over $1,500,000 in risk insurance premiums. This represents a drastic increase of over 83% from just two years ago and 53% over 2023. And … these rates are expected to escalate next year as well, with no end in sight. Next to wages and benefits, risk insurance represents the second largest expense for the county. One might wonder why such dramatic increases are happening. There are multiple factors at play, such as the state Legislature passing laws that de-criminalize property crime, joint and several l...

  • Out of control Legislature has crossed lines with our kids and guns

    Rob Coffman, Lincoln County Commissioner|May 3, 2023

    Intentionally, the Washington State Legislature, Governor Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, are completely destroying our state. The Democrat controlled legislature has singlehandedly absolved you from having any say over the health of your children as it pertains to gender identity. If your child runs away from home and seeks shelter at a state facility, while seeking gender-transitioning treatment, including puberty blocking drugs that can render a child sterile for life, the state will not contact the parent or guardian. This bill,...

  • Washington State Supreme Court opposes transparent government

    Rob Coffman, Lincoln County Commissioner|Mar 8, 2023

    Lincoln County has always been a huge proponent of transparency. We believe, as elected officials, that we should not get to decide what the public should or should not know about how their tax money is spent. In fact, in 2016 the Board of County Commissioners passed a Transparency Resolution stating that all future union contract negotiations will be conducted in a manner that is open to the public. Not for public involvement or input but so citizens and employees alike can see how their representatives negotiate what is the single biggest...

  • How county roads are funded

    Rob Coffman Lincoln County Commissioner|Sep 7, 2022

    Where does all the money for our county roads come from? You may be surprised to know that, in Lincoln County, only about 15% is generated from property tax revenue that is received from parcels of land in the unincorporated areas of the county. Parcels of land in our towns do not pay property taxes for county roads. About 21% comes from the federal government. Most of this money is for competitive projects that the county has applied for, as well as safety money for guardrails and emergency money for such things as the Porcupine Bay Road...

  • When is enough, enough?

    Rob Coffman|Mar 23, 2022

    In the United States, a law is presumed to be constitutional until proven otherwise in court. This process can take years, and a lot of money, to wade through the legal system and end up at the Supreme Court. As the challenge proceeds, we are still obligated to obey the law. We are a nation of laws. When a politician doesn’t like something, they seek to make a law prohibiting you from possessing or doing whatever it is that they don’t like. Even if it is blatantly unconstitutional. It’s easy to do when one party has complete control as well...

  • Governor's proclamation unconstitutional

    Rob Coffman, Lincoln County Commissioner|Apr 29, 2020

    Since Governor Inslee issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation last month, Lincoln County has been scrambling trying to determine how to best balance our paramount duties to provide for Public Safety, Public Health and County Road functions. While we all want to stay safe and avoid viruses, we want to do so in a manner that is the “least restrictive” to our constitutionally protected rights. While the Governor’s Proclamation is aimed at protecting the public, I believe it does so in a way that, in most aspects, is the “most res... Full story

  • Trump used common sense in shutdown

    Rob Coffman|Jan 24, 2018

    In 2013, the Federal Government shut down for 16 days. What that meant for those of us wishing to access our very own Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (LRNRA) at that time was nothing short of unbelievable. Operating under a Contingency Plan for a lapse in funding developed by the Director of the National Park Service (a Presidential appointee), in conjunction with the Secretary of the Interior (a Presidential Cabinet post), the NPS spent untold taxpayer dollars to physically block access to over 600 miles of shoreline, 26 different...