Erie County Farm Bureau Policies For 2017-2018
Accepted policies adopted August 30, 2017
We the members of the Erie County Farm Bureau resolve…
- We support continuance of farmers' markets to support consumption of locally grown foods for county residents.
- We support the county health department’s efforts to establish additional local detoxification facilities for those with drug and alcohol problems.
- We support the creation of a local in-patient facility to deal with drug addiction, substance abuse, and mental health illnesses.
- We support testing by the Erie County Health Department, at a county water testing lab in Erie County, for e-coli/sewage in tributaries to Lake Erie in relationship to harmful algal blooms.
- We support continued funding for Erie County Health Department's Water Pollution Control Fund program to maintain, repair, upgrade and provide education on rural on-site waste systems.
- We support implementing a county-wide recycling program.
- We support education of bicycle traffic laws and their enforcement.
- We support, at least, partial restoration of local government funds; especially for townships.
- We support reducing the deer population by increasing the bag limit and increasing the length of the hunting season.
- We support drug testing for receiving government assistance.
- We support increased funding for drug, alcohol, and mental illness education and rehabilitation.
- We encourage the state auditors association to increase the dog license's agent fee from 75 cents to $1.00.
- We support the continued funding of life saving products (ex. Narcain, etc.) for use by first responders.
- We support permanent income tax incentives for donated conservation and agricultural easements.
- We support continuation of the estate tax exemption of five million dollars and total exemption for a continuing family farming operation.
- We support the continued non-taxation of life insurance policies.
- We support the opportunity of healthy food choices in the school lunch program.
- We support deregulation of wetlands to the pre-1985 conditions.
- We support a requirement that persons, with no dependents and are able bodied, must be working or be receiving job training to qualify for food stamps.
- We support no reduction in Medicaid funding.