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July 29, 2011

Why Government Tax Incentives are Politically and Ethically Dangerous

The recent traffic jam at the Kentucky Speedway's first Sprint Cup race has demonstrated the dark side of government "economic development" practices that award influential political constituencies with tax breaks and incentives.

After years of millions of dollars of taxpayer investment in the racetrack and weeks of Governor Beshear touting the economic impact of the race, racetrack owner Bruton Smith is now attempting to extort more spending from Kentucky taxpayers:

Bruton Smith will unrepentantly wield the Kentucky Speedway traffic debacle for his advantage. Smith was an amusing, quixotic eccentric when he titled against NASCAR's power structure, but with that adversarial relationship largely gone since Brian France's ascension to the league chairmanship, the billionaire is revealed more each year as a hypocritical opportunist. In an awkward news conference at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, Smith eventually expressed sympathy for the scores of fans that never even made it into Kentucky Speedway's first Cup race because of woeful traffic mismanagement, but also strongly signaled that he would press for government-funded upgrades to I-71 although Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear asserted that Speedway Motorsports Inc.'s traffic plan was the real issue. At worst, Smith had three years and data from 11 Nationwide races, 12 truck races and 11 Izod IndyCar series races to assess the impact of a crowd of 107,000 last weekend. (He claims the crowd was nearly 150,000). Smith also not so subtly hinted he could jilt all those ticket-buyers by taking the Kentucky date to Las Vegas if he wasn't appeased. Smith said unused tickets will not be refunded because "we don't want to." NASCAR could fix the whole thing by not awarding Smith the Kentucky date again next season. At least Smith would have an adversary his own size to wrestle again.

We hear from more than one observer that the parking operation at the speedway was asinine. Not to mention the inherent problems with the location.

Nonetheless, Smith will ask Kentuckians to spend our money to improve his racetrack, with the presumptive leverage generated by generating $150 million in commerce.

Now, I-71 is truly in mediocre shape, but this is a good example of how the government, in choosing to use taxpayer resources to help the Kentucky Speedway profit may become beholden to it.

If you think that's extortion, guess what would happen if the Kentucky state government became dependent on hundreds in millions in revenues from expanded gambling.

Statewide Candidate News - July 29, 2011 Links

Candidate for Governor David Williams calls for special session for unemployment insurance funding

Governor candidate Steve Beshear complains about the federal government like the rest of us

Beshear says he doesn't know whether he will call a special session for redistricting

Attorney General Candidates Todd P'Pool and Jack Conway focus on U of L hospital merger

Pro-Williams television ads 'TRUE'

July 28, 2011

Legislators Discuss Redistricting Timeline

From WFPL:

It could either be done during a special session this year or during the regular session which begins in January.

"It can be done relatively easy in about a five day session if everybody comes prepared with their plans, vote them up or vote them down, amend them if we have to. I truly believe we ought to have one probably in September or October," says Senator Walter Blevins, an eastern Kentucky Democrat.

The General Assembly will have to approve a state budget in their next session, and Blevins says the special session would allow lawmakers to focus only on redistricting.

"It is time consuming and it's very personal with each member. I don't think we'll have to have a special session," says Representative John Will Stacy," who is also a Democrat from eastern Kentucky. "We've done it both ways. I've been on the General Assembly long enough to have been through it a couple of times. We've done it in a special session, but we've also done it in regular sessions."

The Outline of a Political Path to Casinos in Kentucky?

When candidates for Governor David Williams and Steve Beshear recently appeared before the Kentucky Farm Bureau, David Williams suggested that a constitutional amendment allowing expanded gambling in Kentucky could pass the Kentucky Senate if only Steve Beshear would pass one through the House.

The Paulick Report simplifies a CN2 report covering the issue:

The issue of expanded gambling was back in the political spotlight in Kentucky this week during a forum between the two candidates for governor - Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear and his Republican challenger David Williams. Political reporter Kenny Colston says a disagreement between the two may have revealed the most likely path for Beshear to get a slots bill through the legislature after several failed attempts:

"In a news conference afterward, Beshear said he would support getting expanded gambling started in Kentucky if it took a constitutional amendment to do so. But the governor hedged his bets by saying he didn't hear Williams say he would allow such a measure to pass through the state Senate."

"In his own news conference, Williams said if Beshear would line up public support, even in the legislative interim and get an amendment passed through the House, he wouldn't stand in the way of the measure. In fact, Williams said he believes the votes in the Senate would be in favor of putting such an amendment on the ballot, but he repeated that he wouldn't support it."

Once again, the casino issue was raised in the context of assisting the horse industry. We have noted our opposition to playing favorites and granting casino ownership to a government-select few. Here's a link to our analysis of one amendment proposal.

Besides, casinos have not helped horses as intended in Indiana or Maryland or anywhere.

Statewide Candidate News - July 28, 2011 Links

After borrowing $116 million from next year, pushing $30 million-plus of debt into the future and saving $24 million by furloughing state workers for six days, Governor Steve Beshear claims a $158 million surplus

Attorney General Jack Conway says hospital merger requires state approval

Conway is also suing some so-called "college" over book prices, even though caveat emptor is the first thing that should anyone should think of for a place called 'Daymar College'

Beshear announces more wasted stimulus dollars

July 27, 2011

Ken Moellman Will File for Treasurer

Ken Moellman has collected 7,000 signatures to be put on the ballot as the Libertarian Party candidate for Treasurer.

Calling it "the most useless office in state government," his platform includes getting rid of the office.

We supported SB 14 in 2008, which would have put a Constitutional amendment on the ballot to eliminate the office, and agree that the Treasurer is unnecessary as a Constitutional office.

The rest of Moellman's platform includes using "his IT experience to update and automate the treasurer's office."

David Williams and Horse Industry Agree - Beshear Ineffective

We hate to linger on the dead casino issue, but another reporter has assembled a passes blasting Beshear's effectiveness as a leader. This time it's Joe Gerth of the Courier Journal:

[Beshear has] "failed on that promise not because David Williams is such a strong person who can stop anything, but because he's failed to provide the leadership in the Kentucky House of Representatives to ever get a constitutional amendment even through the House of Representatives," Williams said.

The horsey set, which wants expanded gambling revenue to increase breeder awards and racing purses, is convinced that Beshear didn't act forcefully enough or fast enough to push gambling legislation through the House during the 2008 legislative session.

Along with yesterday's post from Ronnie Ellis, it seems that Beshear's ineffectiveness is commonly accepted. Is his inability to lead enough of an accepted fact that it will doom his reelection?

Statewide Candidate News - July 27, 2011 Links

Secretary of State Elaine Walker responds to Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson's complaint that homeless voters are being registered illegally

Ken Moellman files as a Libertarian candidate for Treasurer

Attorney General candidate Todd P'Pool hits opponent Jack Conway for failing to represent Kentucky's interest in a hospital merger

Governor candidate Steve Beshear apparently misled Kentuckians and media about President Obama's Ft. Campbell visit

Beshear talks about traffic with Kentucky Speedway owner

July 26, 2011

Recognizing the Kentucky CFG's Strong Stand Against Taxes

Last weekend, the Kentucky Club for Growth's strong anti-tax stance was recognized in the Courier Journal.

But other political experts say they aren't convinced outside groups will want to get involved, especially with public polling showing Beshear with a double-digit lead and Williams' record of occasionally supporting tax increases failing to excite conservative groups such Club for Growth or the tea party-related FreedomWorks.

"They're adamant about the 'no tax' thing," said Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor with the non-partisan Cook Political Report.

We are adamant about the 'no tax' thing, and we will continue to be the taxpayer's advocate in Frankfort.

Ronnie Ellis Sums up Beshear's Impotent Leadership in One Sentence

It's a good sentence:

First, there's Beshear, at times ignored by lawmakers in both parties, who publicly waged a campaign to wrest control of the Senate from Williams and failed, and whose legislative agenda (gambling and increasing the high school drop-out age) is routinely thwarted in Williams' Republican-controlled Senate.

Statewide Candidate News - July 26, 2011 Links

Ronnie Ellis explains why the candidates for Governor want to be like truck commercials.

Robyn Williams, wife of candidate for Governor David Williams, and K.C. Crosbie, candidate for State Treasurer, addressed Republican women in Hardin County

Governing Magazine rates Kentucky's Governor's race as "improbably" leaning Democratic

Today, Secretary of State Candidate Bill Johnson will draw attention to homeless voting procedures during the meeting of the Interim Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs

July 25, 2011

Ax the Tax in Kenton County

From our friends in NKY:

Tea Party Petition Drive to Disband Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission

The deadline is soon!!! The Northern Kentucky Tea Party in Kenton County is working on getting 18,000 signatures of Kenton County voters to get an issue on the ballot. The issue will give voters the chance to disband the wasteful Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission. The Tea Party contends that Kenton County and the cities within the County could get the level of planning services they need at a much lower cost following the model in place in most other counties in Kentucky.

If you know people in Kenton County, or you would like to collect signatures for "Ax The Tax," the petitions are on the website www.nkyteaparty.org/axthetax. If you'd like your own Red Ax, contact Garth Kuhnhein

Please share this with all of your friends in Kenton County!

Gatewood Galbraith Files for Governor - Is He a Tea Party Candidate?

Gatewood Galbraith has officially filed as an independent candidate for Governor with running mate Dea Riley.

While Courier Journal reporter Tom Loftus completely dismissed Gatewood's chances on Comment on Kentucky Friday night, the other journalists speculated that support for Gatewood's campaign was unpredictable. The Herald Leader's Jack Brammer specifically mentioned that the Kentucky Green Party was strongly considering endorsing Gatewood, and wondered aloud whether any Tea Party groups might endorse his candidacy.

Gatewood is unquestionably original to the Tea Party. I remember him handing out his book at our first Lexington event in March 2009, and he has been a regular at them ever since.

While he is an advocate for individual liberties based in the Constitution, the details of his policies do not often line up with the interests of the Tea Party, however.

His stand against so-called "mountaintop removal" mining that endear him to the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and the Kentucky Green Party does not align with a Tea Party that feels the onerous restrictions of environmental regulators amount to a war on Kentucky Coal.

His thoughtful January editorial on reforming Kentucky's system of taxation proposed using the tax code to create incentives and carve-outs that conflicts with the Tea Party commitment to economic liberty that believes the best tax code is one that provides a level playing field for all.

His stances against the 'War on Drugs' and in support of Second Amendment rights is sure to find him support among the libertarian of the liberty crowd, and his outsider candidacy will appeal to those who generally dislike the two major-party candidates and their careers in government. Both of these groups are constituencies of the Tea Party.

Ultimately, the Tea Party is not defined by any single issue or leadership, and the question for this election is not who is a "Tea Party" candidate, but whether any candidate can convince the conservative-leaning population of Kentucky that he is the candidate who we can trust to keep the government out of our way.

Statewide Candidate News - July 25, 2011 Links

Ophthalmologists say Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners appointed by Governor candidate Steve Beshear is not protecting patients

Beshear and opponent David Williams lay out some new parameters for enacting expanded gambling

A Bowling Green veteran felt snubbed by Steve Beshear at a forum

Gatewood Galbraith has officially filed for Governor

Attorney General candidate Jack Conway claims credit for Passport agreement to direct an additional $26 million to Medicaid payments

July 21, 2011

Statewide Candidate News - July 21, 2011 Links

Governor candidate David Williams discusses his proposal to end the Jefferson County School Board

Williams and Governor candidate Steve Beshear finally met in a public forum

Steve Beshear once again said tax reform and pension reform are unnecessary in Kentucky

Attorney General candidate Todd P'Pool says animal control policy must be improved in Hopkins County

Attorney General candidate Jack Conway will examine hospital merger

July 20, 2011

Statewide Candidate News - July 20, 2011 Links

Candidates for Governor David Williams and Steve Beshear will appear together at Kentucky Farm Bureau forum

Williams talks about his father in first television ad

Lt. Governor candidate Richie Farmer promotes Farmers Markets

Agriculture Commissioner Candidate James Comer proposes regional offices for the Agriculture Commissioner

John David Dyche calls Williams a "True Progressive"

July 19, 2011

Beshear Pays Off Political Supporters with Tax Dollars?

We've got some investigating to do.

Governor Candidate Steve Beshear's latest television ad features several supporters who claim to appear in the ad because they have received state incentives.

Such an exchange of state benefits for Beshear's political gain certainly skirts the line of ethical practices.

It is possible that they did not actually receive any incentives and are just saying so for political effect, but if they actually are appearing in the ads because of the incentives they received from the Governor it would be cause for great concern.

Here's the ad, we'll check back when we find out more.

 

Statewide Candidate News - July 19, 2011 Links

Ronnie Ellis says nobody excited about statewide candidates

Leland Conway says Agriculture Commissioner candidate Bob Farmer is a bad joke

Governor candidate Steve Beshear really wanted the Ark Park in Kentucky

Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson files ethics complaint against Secretary of State Elaine Walker

Democratic Attorneys General Association violates agreement to assist Attorney General candidate Jack Conway

July 14, 2011

Statewide Candidate News - July 14, 2011 Links

A chicken represents Governor and candidate Steve Beshear at Chamber of Commerce forum

Gubernatorial candidate David Williams champions Right-to-Work and says KERA taxes "worst mistake Kentucky ever made"

AG candidate Jack Conway apparently co-chairs the Consumer Protection Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General

AG candidate Todd P'Pool touts his fundraising

Lt Governor candidate Jerry Abramson campaigns outside of Louisville, says it's like Louisville

July 13, 2011

RGA Says You've Been Besheared

The Republican Governor's Association has entered the Kentucky Governor's race with a website and a television ad.

The website - Besheared.com - focuses on the unemployment rate in Kentucky, noting that unemployment in Kentucky is higher than any neighboring state.

And here's the ad:

Statewide Candidate News - July 13, 2011 Links

Candidate for Governor David Williams proposes abolishing the Jefferson County School Board

Candidate for Governor Steve Beshear will have his chief of staff look into the NASCAR traffic

Beshear tells the 10% of Kentuckians who are unemployed that improved tax revenues are indicative of economic recovery in Kentucky

Judge wants mediation in Lt. Governor candidate Richie Farmer's divorce case

Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson will file a legal challenge to the instructions county clerks receive regarding homeless voters

July 12, 2011

Traffic Jam Policy

You have probably heard that there was a large traffic jam this weekend for the Sprint Cup race in Kentucky.

Thousands of NASCAR fans never made it to the race.

In fact, several spent hours on the interstate, just trying to make it to the Speedway.

The split at I-71/I-75 turned into a giant parking lot.

Because of the gubernatorial election this year, this event resonates through the media and has potential impacts on state policy.

Gubernatorial candidate and State Senate President David Williams was among those stuck in traffic, and missed the race.

Senator David Williams, who is the Republican Candidate for Governor this November said he was among the thousands stuck in traffic and was also denied entry to the track.

He has used the opportunity to call for hearings on what caused the traffic and what remedies may be necessary.

On the political front, Senate President David Williams said the General Assembly will hold hearings in September on the traffic snarls that have been dubbed "Carmageddon."

Williams, who is trying to unseat Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear in November's general election, got stuck in the traffic for five hours and didn't make it to the race.

"While I do not believe there should be a rush to judgment, I do think the legislature has a responsibility to investigate the public safety issues created by Saturday's debacle and ensure that signature economic development events reflect well on Kentucky," Williams, a Burkesville Republican, said in a news release.

His opponent, Governor Steve Beshear, did not get stuck in traffic.

Beshear, who traveled to and from the Speedway by state helicopter Saturday, again pledged that the state will help address the problem.

Beshear's Transportation Cabinet instantly counted themselves blameless, pointing fingers elsewhere.

State transportation officials quickly blamed the track's parking plan for the traffic tie-up that left thousands of fans fuming on the highway as the Quaker State 400 unfolded.

Interstate 71 and its two exit ramps near Sparta were up to the job, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe said.

Meanwhile, his running mate Jerry Abramson had asked for upgrades to the interstate years ago.

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson said he and several area officials sent a letter in May 2003 to the state Transportation Cabinet during the administration of Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher, suggesting that I-71 from Louisville to Northern Kentucky be upgraded from four lanes to six lanes.It remains four lanes except near the Speedway and should be upgraded, Tomlinson said.

He also said that the letter was signed by then-Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, who is Beshear's running mate in this year's election.

Nothing like a trendy media story to get the attention of political candidates.

You know, our state pensions are like a traffic jam....

Beshear Avoids Appearing in Public with Williams

Governor and candidate Steve Beshear has begun to cancel public appearances if they occur in tandem with Senate President and candidate for Governor David Williams.

Speaking at the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts in downtown Louisville Monday, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams told reporters Democratic Governor Steve Beshear needs to "man up" and stop dodging him at joint appearances.

The governor has passed on attending two other forums with his GOP challenger that are scheduled for later this week. Beshear's staff told the Lexington Herald-Leader he is unable to attend a panel discussion Tuesday at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting due to prior commitments.

However, the governor's public schedule shows no events to excuse his absence at the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association's summer conference on Thursday.

Beshear had been billed as an invited speaker at the Chamber event.

The Courier Journal's Joe Gerth says it's OK that Beshear is acting the coward:

Politically speaking, it wouldn't be a bad move for Beshear to avoid some of the debates. Williams is a smart, more-than-capable speaker and is likely to attack from the start of any face-to-face meeting.

Beshear, a lawyer like Williams, is also well versed at debates and stays on message. He's likely not going to make any big mistakes, but under withering attack, there is always the potential of error.

And he's got the lead. There's really no benefit to him debating now and giving Williams a peek at his game plan.

Ducking debates and public appearances is exactly the kind of leadership we've come to expect from Beshear.

Statewide Candidate News - July 12, 2011 Links

Sen. Walter Blevins wants David Williams to redistrict as a candidate for Governor and not as Senate President.

Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer hires blogger/activist Mica Sims

Attorney General candidate Jack Conway had a baby

At the race, David Williams got stuck in traffic

Williams has called for legislative hearings on the raceday snarl

July 11, 2011

We Will Soon Match the Highest Tax Burden in History

From Heritage.org

Statewide Candidate News - July 11, 2011 Links

Governor candidate Steve Beshear rode in the pace car for a trafficy race

Attorney General candidate Todd P'Pool and the state dispute paperwork

P'Pool will dispute the constitutionality of Obamacare

Secretary of State candidate Alison Grimes defends state's voting procedures for the homeless

Beshear announces contracts to manage Medicaid

July 7, 2011

Statewide Candidate News - July 7, 2011 Links

Everybody's going to Fancy Farm in a month

Beshear announces a $22 million walk over the Ohio

Governor candidate David Williams loves being in Frankfort

Lt Governor Candidate Richie Farmer says Kentucky vegetables are at their peak

Following Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown, Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson says voting rules in Kentucky are not being followed for the homeless

July 6, 2011

One Necessary Pension Fix: Require Non-Public Agencies to Fully Fund Obligations

This weekend, Herald Leader reporter John Cheves detailed the expanding population of members of Kentucky's public pension system who never worked for state or local government.

The number of people guaranteed a lifetime pension from the underfunded Kentucky Retirement Systems has jumped 39 percent since 2000 to 318,981 -- the equivalent of one in every 10 adult Kentuckians.

Many thousands of those people -- nobody knows exactly how many -- aren't state or local government employees, for whom KRS was established in the 1950s.

They work for "quasi-public" entities, including medical providers, not-for-profit law firms, social service agencies, national and state advocacy organizations, entertainment venues, the state's largest credit union and a laundry that washes hospital linens.

It is certainly questionable whether these entities should be allowed to participate at all, but leaving that question aside there are two steps that should be immediately taken by the legislature.

First, if it is true that "nobody knows exactly how many" are participating, an identification and inventory should be conducted so that the financial obligation to these individuals can be computed.

Second, all of participating entities should be charged rate that fully fund the obligation due to these employees.

Senate State Government Committee Chair Damon Thayer is bewildered that it must be explicitly written into law that entities are not eligible to join Kentucky Retirement Systems.

"Every new employee we allow into the system increases the unfunded liability of the system," Thayer said. "The more groups we allow in, the more the costs go up, and the greater the problem we're facing down the road."

Lawmakers must limit who gets public pensions, Thayer said. This year, he co-sponsored a bill to let public airport boards create corporations that could improve airport facilities. The senators added a line explicitly to state that these corporations could not join KRS. Their employees would need to make their own retirement plans.

"We're going to have to do more of that," Thayer said.

Incredibly, no one in the article seemed interested in taking responsibility to limit or take control of this unaccountable expansion of taxpayer's generosity.

Less incredibly, groups and employees loved being able to take advantage of the taxpayer this way.

"It's a very good recruiting tool for us. We can't compete with a big law firm when it comes to salary, but now we can offer you a generous pension," said Jonathan Picklesimer, interim executive director of Appalachian Research and Defense Fund Inc., a law firm for the poor based in Prestonsburg.

In interviews, outside employers said their workers are grateful for public pensions.

While overall pension reform is critically necessary, these steps should be able to be acted upon with minimal debate.

Statewide Candidate News - July 6, 2011 Links

Courier-Journal and the Puffington Host can't stop writing about Lt. Governor candidate Jerry Abramson's religion

Governor candidate Steve Beshear doesn't know how he'll cut the budget $169 million as required...

...and he missed his own deadline to have Medicaid contracts in place to achieve the savings he promised this year.

Attorney General candidate Jack Conway is against industrial hemp

Attorney General candidate Todd P'Pool was in Bowling Green

July 5, 2011

Beshear's Plan to Cut $169 Million:

Governor Beshear has a plan to make $169 million in cuts this fiscal year as required by the budget passed in 2010:

"..."

This bold leadership is detailed in the Lexington Herald Leader:

When asked when the cuts will be announced, Richardson declined to give a date.

"We are still working on a plan and will advise agencies when those plans are complete," Richardson said.

Beshear's bold leadership on the FY 2012 budget mirrors other actions he has taken throughout his governorship.

Early in his administration, he reacted swiftly when he failed to convince Kentuckians or the legislature that casinos were a good idea for Kentucky:

Beshear also boldly borrowed money from this year to pay for spending last year:

Beshear has proposed moving $166.5 million from next fiscal year to the current fiscal year to plug a shortfall in the Medicaid budget.

And now he has brazenly missed his self-imposed deadline to enter into Medicaid contracts he said would make borrowing from this year prudent:

Officials had pledged to have a contract in place by Friday -- the start of the new fiscal year -- to fulfill their promise during this year's legislative session that they can balance Medicaid's budget and achieve significant savings by contracting for outside managed care services.

But no information on the potential contract or contracts was available Friday.

Let's not forget Beshear's plan to reform the tax code to make Kentucky a more competitive place for job creation:

"There's lots of talk these days about tax reform. However, if you ask 10 people what that phrase means, you will get 10 different answers."

Or his plan to address Kentucky's $27 billion-plus public pension crisis.

Beshear, however, said the legislature did enough to future employees' retiree benefits with some changes made in a special session in 2008.

It seems there is almost nothing Governor Beshear won't not do for Kentucky.

Statewide Candidate News - July 5, 2011 Links

Large union commends Governor candidate Steve Beshear for defending union interests

Governor candidate David Williams backs EKU over Centre College to host presidential debate

In Prestonburg, Auditor candidate Adam Edelen calls himself impatient

Beshear temporarily opens a $6.4 million spiral pedestrian ramp

Treasurer candidate KC Crosbie supports Lexington Mayor's budget vetoes

Last weekend, the Kentucky Club for Growth's strong anti-tax stance was recognized in the Courier Journal.

But other political experts say they aren't convinced outside groups will want to get involved, especially with public polling showing Beshear with a double-digit lead and Williams' record of occasionally supporting tax increases failing to excite conservative groups such Club for Growth or the tea party-related FreedomWorks.

"They're adamant about the 'no tax' thing," said Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor with the non-partisan Cook Political Report.

We are adamant about the 'no tax' thing, and we will continue to be the taxpayer's advocate in Frankfort.


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