Oregon Senate Republicans
Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, Senate Democrats killed a bill on the Senate floor that would have mandated a minimum of 28% of state funds go toward K-12 education and public safety. In contrast, Washington State allocated 46% of their state budget for education and public safety. In the 2015-2017 biennium, Oregon spent less than 25% of the state budget on schools.
“We need to stop the irreversible damage Democrats have done to education in Oregon and require that a minimum 28% of our total budget is spent on the top priorities for Oregonians: education and public safety,” explained Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River). “By doing this, we can meet the quality education model, reduce class sizes, add school days, hire new teachers and keep our communities safe.” Continue reading
Oregon Senate Republicans
Oregon House Republicans
Senate GOP Leader Ted Ferrioli on Oregon Feb Revenue Forecast
Salem, Ore. – Following the release of the latest revenue forecast, Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) called attention to signs of a looming fiscal cliff caused by budget shortfalls and a lack of government accountability within state agencies, such as the Department of Human Services, Oregon Department of Energy and the Oregon Health Authority.
“Our economy is flat, and the alleged economic recovery that bypassed middle-class Oregon families is sputtering. Years of one-party rule plagued by overspending and government waste and an assault on small businesses has left us with a bleak economic outlook that needs to be addressed now,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). Continue reading
Poll: 78% unaware of PERS disaster
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation
Oregon’s public employee retirements system (PERS) is now a staggering $20-$22 billion in unfunded liability. Just this week it was announced that it grew by another $3 billion and made front page news. A 2015 telephone poll of 300 Oregonians by the Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation showed that the public is clueless to this gigantic PERS debt hole which will consume state and local budgets for police, fire and schools.
The Foundation asked Oregonians how big Oregon’s public employee unfunded liability is. Nearly half (43%) had no idea. Over a third 34% guessed below the actual amount (1-to-5 billion 9.3% or 5-to-10 billion 24.7%). Less than a quarter of Oregonians (22.7%) guessed correctly that the PERS debt was over $10 billion. Continue reading
Right From the Start
The Curious Case of John Kitzhaber.
Saturday, February 13, marks the one-year anniversary of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s (D-OR) resignation in the face of a conflict of interest scandal involving the governor and his paramour, Cylvia Hayes. At the time of Mr. Kitzhaber’s resignation, the Justice Department was said to be conducting a grand jury investigation into the matter, and the Oregon Attorney General had suspended her investigation in order to defer to the federal government. That is the Justice Department that was being run by then Attorney General Eric Holder (D). Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
Donald Trump decidedly won the Republican New Hampshire primary tonight, and Bernie Sanders decidedly won the Democratic New Hampshire primary.
Republican delegate winners in the 2016 New Hampshire primary (UPDATED):
Source: USA Today (100% reporting) Continue reading
Bud Pierce for Governor
Unlike many public policy or political issues, the transportation issue gets personal in a hurry, especially if you’re a Portland area commuter. You see it (and you’re stuck in it) almost every day as you head back and forth to work, go to the grocery story, or ferry the kids to school or activities. It’s getting worse.
So why haven’t our state’s roads, bridges, and transportation arteries kept pace with our population growth and demands of the 21st Century? Why is gridlock costing Oregon jobs and driving up prices for working Oregonians who are wasting time stuck in traffic? Failed leadership in Salem. Continue reading
by Rep. Gail Whitsett
In response to a question posed to me recently, it’s my opinion that public input has no value in a completely controlled and strictly adhered to agenda like we are seeing this session. The outcome is pre-determined and the bills that are allowed to a floor vote will pass.
I still urge people to testify and we minority party legislators still speak up on the floor and in committees and vote “no” – but the outcome is fully predetermined. That’s how it is this session and that’s how it was last session. That’s how it is anytime you have a supermajority or near supermajority.
Even the moderate Democrats are so afraid of their leadership and the loss of their committee chairmanships and committee assignments that they concede to the stated agenda and vote party line. Continue reading