by Dan Lucas
Oregon has now passed Ballot Measure 91, legalizing the use of marijuana. Oregonians voted 56% to 44% to allow the “possession, manufacture and sale of marijuana by/to adults, subject to state licensing, regulation, and taxation.” Projected marijuana tax revenues are between $17 million and $40 million annually.
After covering around $3 million per year in OLCC operating expenses, the marijuana taxes collected will be distributed as follows: “40% to the Common School Fund, 20% to the Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Services Account, 15% to the State Police Account, 10% to cities for law enforcement, 10% to counties for law enforcement, and 5% to the Oregon Health Authority for alcohol and drug abuse prevention, early intervention and treatment services.” Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr.
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently issued a report describing the deteriorating condition of Oregon highways. The authors estimate that the cumulative cost to the state economy from poor roads will be $94 billion by 2035.
At the same time, the Portland City Council is considering a new local income tax to pay for road maintenance and safety, citing a lack of adequate funding. Continue reading
Posted in Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Local Taxes, Portland, Portland Politics, Taxes, Transparency, Transportation
Tagged ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland City Council, Portland street tax
by Aaron Moran
Next year we’ll celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. There have been several major wars in the intervening decades – Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq – and countless smaller conflicts, but, thankfully, none of that monstrous magnitude.
It is deeply disturbing to me, as a young man who served as a Marine in Iraq, to be suddenly hearing talk of a possible World War III arising from the spiraling violence in the Middle East. What makes this talk so unsettling is its plausibility, and the knowledge that such a disastrous global struggle could have been averted if American leaders had pursued wiser policies. Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Oregon’s November quarterly economic forecast was made public last week. The report revealed that the state is continuing its slow recover from the Great Recession.
Several Democrat state elected leaders issued glowing reports suggesting that happy economic days are here again. Sadly, they may not have understood some of the more relevant parts of the report.
The latest recession hit Oregon much harder than most other states. The celebrated “recovery” has yet to even restore the number of jobs that were lost during that recession. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
There is a Grimm’s Fairy Tale about a shoemaker who goes to bed and wakes up to find elves have finished his work for him. In Oregon politics, Democrat Chuck Riley is the shoemaker and Hillsboro-area Libertarians are his elves.
A Libertarian candidate has helped Riley get elected, again. That’s right – this isn’t the first time a Libertarian candidate has helped get Democrat Chuck Riley elected in a Hillsboro legislative race. In fact, that’s how Riley got his start.
Republican Sen. Bruce Starr posted on his Facebook page on Monday that he had congratulated Chuck Riley last Friday evening on winning the race for Senate District 15. The 2014 SD15 race was extremely close. Some votes are still being counted, but Chuck Riley is ahead by 283 votes (18,152 to 17,869). Riley has 45.69% of the vote, Sen. Starr has 44.98% and Libertarian candidate Caitlin Mitchel-Markley has 9.04% (3,592 votes). Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
Nigel Jaquiss at Willamette Week is reporting that Terry Bean “was arrested today on charges of sex abuse in a case involving a 15-year-old boy.” Bean “will be charged with two counts of sodomy in the third degree, a felony, and sex abuse in the third degree, a misdemeanor.”
Bean is a very prominent Democratic figure in Oregon and nationally.
WW reports “He has also been a central figure in national Democratic politics. As WW reported in June: ‘No Oregonian has raised more money for President Barack Obama. At a 2009 Human Rights Campaign dinner, Obama called Bean a ‘great friend and supporter.’ The president in 2012 hosted Bean on Air Force One, and when Obama visits Oregon, Bean has had the honor of greeting him as the president gets off his plane.'” Continue reading