Oregon Senate Republicans
Salem, OR – Monday, Senate Republicans released a “Reverse Christmas Tree” package of wasteful spending bills passed or by the Democrat-controlled legislature this session. The $203 million in expensive, unnecessary projects and policies should be sent immediately instead to the State School Fund, they argued.
“Democrat leaders have spent the past five months pushing expensive, partisan programs through the legislature that cost Oregonians real money,” said Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River). “Now they want to create a Task Force to figure out how to reduce class sizes? The answer is simple: more funding and more teachers. We don’t need a task force; we need to fully fund education now.” Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The 2015 Regular Session of the 78th Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned Sine Die July 6, at 6:04 PM.
From the Oregon Legislative Glossary:
Sine Die: “Without fixing a day for a future meeting”–the last day of a Legislative Session.
By Thomas Tullis
When Oregon politicians pretend to be experts on venture capital investing, it ends up costing the state millions of dollars in education money.
This is exactly what is going on with the Oregon Growth Board, a project of the Oregon Business Development Department. Tasked with generating a return on investment by financing venture capital funds in Oregon, the Board receives 10% of state lottery profits that are supposed to be apportioned to a state education endowment fund. Unfortunately for students, the Oregon Growth Account boasts a measly 1.5% return on investment over a 15-year period. Continue reading
Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli
Oregon Senate Republicans
Salem, OR – Friday, Senate Republicans praised the inclusion of $300 million in bonding for schools in Oregon following their request earlier this session for school bonding in the same amount.
“After Democrats woefully underfunded K-12 education earlier this session, we’re encouraged that they agreed with our call to allocate $300 million in bonds for Oregon schools,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). “Senate Republicans have long advocated for funding our schools first, and today we were able to give them a boost in funding that gives Oregon safer schools and additional resources in the classroom.”
$300 million in bonds for schools will be divided between seismic retrofitting ($175 million) and bonding for school districts’ capital projects ($125 million). The bonding projects will be considered Friday afternoon when the Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Capital Construction meets to consider bonding projects for the next biennium.
Sen. Tim Knopp
Salem, OR – A bill that would refer the issue of eliminating the statute of limitations for rape to the 2016 general election ballot was introduced in the Oregon Senate Thursday by Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) and Representative Jodi Hack (R-Salem).
Senate Bill 973 would allow for prosecution of first degree sex crimes to be commenced at any time instead of being restricted by the statute of limitations. Proponents of the measure believe this would give sexual abuse victims a greater opportunity for justice since many sexual abuse victims go years before telling others what happened.
The bill comes after an earlier piece of legislation was passed this legislative session extending the statute of limitations for first degree sex crimes from six to twelve years. Although the bill, HB 2317 A, received unanimous support from both legislative houses, many legislators still believe the bill did not go far enough. Continue reading
Oregon State Senator has two bills left to pass before the maddening deadline
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
Senator Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) is working hard as the legislative session grows more intense. “Nobody is safe until after July 11, 2015, the last day of the Legislature, as new bills are appearing and discarded bills are rising from the dead,” said Boquist. Most committees have already shut down. In an effort to keep them alive, many bills from other committees were put into the Rules Committee and Revenue, two of the committees that are still functioning. Sen. Boquist serves on both of these committees, so he’s working on a myriad of bills. Continue reading
By Steve Buckstein
I’ve taken two tours of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Though it was full of vivid history about the signers of the Declaration, it was nearly silent about one relatively unsung hero of the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, but it was his friend Thomas Paine who stirred the new nation to action.
Most literate Americans read Paine’s pamphlet, Common Sense, in the months before our country declared its independence from his native England on July 4, 1776. Later that year after the war for independence started, Paine published The Crisis, which began, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Continue reading
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