by NW Spotlight
The first Oregon Catalyst article was posted ten years ago tomorrow, on December 2, 2005. The article was titled Achieving Fiscal Sustainability, and was written by Jay Bozievich, who was a member of the Lane Community College Board of Education at the time. Jay now serves on the Lane County Board of Commissioners where he was first elected in November, 2010.
Jay’s article from ten years ago is just as relevant today!
The official welcome to Oregon Catalyst was posted on December 6, 2005:
“This Blog will be the collection of the best free-market and conservative minds, ideas, and commentary in Oregon. Expect a new update every week-day. We encourage all freedom-loving Oregonians to join the cerebral revolution by responding to the daily commentary. Your input is more important than you might think.” Continue reading
Celebrate 25th birthday of Measure 5 at the Executive Club, Dec 2nd
Speakers: Craig Flynn, Dan Phegley, Greg Howe
(These guys were there at the very beginning)
Wed. Dec 2nd. 7:00pm
Portland Airport Shilo Inn.
Twenty five years ago voters passed Oregon’s greatest tax relief with Measure5 back in 1990. This heroic measure of the people limited property taxes which helped tens of thousands of families afford to stay in their homes. Your property taxes would be a staggering 40% higher today without the protection of Measure 5. Continue reading
By Kathryn Hickok
Since 2013, “Freedom in Film and Fiction” has been an occasional series of book and film reviews housed on Cascade’s website. Join us as we explore themes of freedom and timeless truths in literature and art. You can find the introductory post here.
When the first film of the Hunger Games series premiered, Cascade’s Sarah Wolf wrote about the themes of human freedom found in the popular novels by Suzanne Collins.
“In a society where rules and oppression define the lives of its citizens,” she wrote, “the fictional Katniss shows that freedom is not completely lost, despite the external constraints on her freedom. She still has the will to make choices based on what she believes to be right and wrong, often in defiance of the expectations of her government.
“Even in the darkest of circumstances, personal choice and liberty can prevail if only we don’t cave in to the immoral expectations of our leaders and peers. Good can overcome evil, one small act at a time.” Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
It’s been almost a year and a half since the dangerous international terrorist organization, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), declared a global caliphate. Even before that proclamation, ISIL had already committed countless atrocities in multiple nations on several continents. Mass murders, myriad rapes, beheadings and religious persecutions have now become routine in areas that recently were holding elections and were on-track in establishing democratic governance.
Caliphate is a form of Islamic government. It is led by a Caliph whose followers consider him to be the rightful leader of all Muslims due to his direct linage to the Prophet Mohammad. The declaration of caliphate by ISIL includes an historic area encompassing the entire eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Continue reading
Rep. Knute Buehler
Priorities: Preventing prescription drug abuse and protecting whistleblowers
Bend, OR – Representative Knute Buehler announced this week the two bills he will introduce during the upcoming 2016 session. Legislators are limited to two bills for even-year legislative sessions. Buehler intends to focus on two priorities: preventing prescription, especially narcotic, drug abuse and enhancing whistleblower protections.
The first bill combines two concepts aimed at mitigating prescription drug abuse. The law would allow pharmacists to distribute Naloxone without a doctor’s prescription. This drug can be used to save someone suffering from an acute overdose. The second concept improves and makes it easier to use a database within the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program so doctors can better access information on what medications patients have been prescribed. This will help prevent those who obtain multiple narcotic prescriptions from different providers across the state. Continue reading
Sen. Tim Knopp
PERS rates projected to almost double in next 9 years
Salem, Ore. – Last week, Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) responded to the adoption of 2017 Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) advisory rates estimated to cost school districts already reeling from a $1.785 billion shortfall in 2015-2017. Bend-La Pine School District faces a 3.76% to 4.76% rate increase, and Redmond School District faces a 3.87% to 4.87% rate increase.
“These expected PERS cost increases will force school districts to lay off teachers, increase class sizes, and cut more school days,” explained Knopp. “We cannot ask our schools to shoulder an even greater PERS burden while legislative leaders continue to ignore the looming $5 billion liability local governments and school districts will be forced to pay. The 2016 session is our last chance to enact constitutional reforms before the bill for Oregon’s $5 billion PERS liability comes due.” Continue reading