by Dan Lucas
Property taxes are very important to Oregon cities, counties and schools. While the state government’s general fund depends largely on income taxes, county and city governments get most of their tax base from property taxes, and school districts and community colleges get large portions of their funding from property taxes.
Measure 5 and Measure 50, which were passed by Oregon voters in the 1990s, served to slow the growth of property tax collections. Measure 5 limited property taxes to 1.5% of assessed value and Measure 50 limited how quickly the assessed value could be raised to 3% a year.
During the 42 years between 1971 and 2013, statewide property tax collections increased every year, except for five years in the 1990s. My property taxes when I lived in Beaverton went from $1,780 in 1990 to $3,275 in 2013 for the same house – an increase of 84% over 23 years. Continue reading
Independent Party of Oregon
SALEM – 7/21/2014 – Republicans ran the table in this year’s Independent Party of Oregon Primary Election, winning 8 races that were contested between Republican and Democratic candidates, including the Oregon Governor’s race. This result reversed the trend of 2 years ago, when Democratic candidates won most of the contested races on the IPO ballot.
“As a group, the Republicans appeared to invest more time and resources into this election than did the Democrats. Oregon Right to Life sent out mailers in several districts, and the candidates themselves appeared to be working harder on outreach,” said Party Secretary, Sal Peralta. Continue reading
By Joel Grey
In response to parent complaints, Portland Public Schools will create a new ombudsman position. An ombudsman is a person within an organization who provides accountability and investigates complaints.
It’s a good thing for public schools to have an ombudsman. An ombudsman is dedicated to listening to parents’ concerns and preventing abuses within the system. Accountability is important because people will often get away with whatever they are able to, and an ombudsman makes it harder to escape independent oversight. Continue reading
Oregon House Republican Office
Statement from House Republican Leader Mike Mclane on the passing of former Governor Vic Atiyeh
SALEM, OR – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement tonight upon learning of the passing of former governor Vic Atiyeh:
“It is with deep sadness that House Republicans have learned of the passing of Vic Atiyeh. He was the epitome of a public servant and gave so much to so many in Oregon. Governor Atiyeh was quick to encourage this generation to work together to solve Oregon’s problems. He was our example. He will be missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with Governor Atiyeh’s family.” Continue reading
Dennis Richardson for Governor
Salem, OR – State Representative and candidate for Governor Dennis Richardson delivered a commanding win in his first debate with John Kitzhaber at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Convention.
“I’m grateful to the ONPA for hosting this event, and for the opportunity to have a frank and honest conversation with Governor Kitzhaber about the downward spiral our state has taken under his leadership.”
During the debate, Richardson argued against an unprecedented fourth term for Kitzhaber. Continue reading
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
The Internet is possibly the most important technological advancement since the printing press. Governments’ hands off approach has enabled the internet to rapidly grow into a powerful engine for our economy.
At the beginning of the internet revolution, Congress passed a law preventing state and local governments from imposing taxes on internet access. That ban is scheduled to expire in November, though, and I don’t support opening the door to more internet taxation that would harm Oregon families and small businesses. Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
The United States Supreme Court has been busy this summer. The preponderance of their body of work has been focused on reaffirming their constitutional authority to check the powers of governments. The high Court has acted to limit government actions to only those powers conferred to it by the people, in six recent decisions.
The nine Justices upheld Fourth Amendment “search and seizure” limitations in their Riley v. California decision. The Court ruled “unanimously” that the warrantless search of a cell phone is unconstitutional. They reasoned that the search of a cell phone, or other hand held device, is only allowed under the law, if probable cause has been established, and a search warrant has been obtained, signed by a judge or magistrate. Continue reading