Portland’s Streetcar Audit: What Went Wrong?

By Matthew HayesCascadeNewLogo e1342826659899 Portland’s Streetcar Audit: What Went Wrong?

Earlier this month, auditors released a report questioning the Portland Streetcar’s performance. Ridership counts were inflated by 19%. Several additional metrics, including hourly vehicle operating costs and on-time performance, were either unreported or deemed not suitable for use. What went wrong?

First, too much data wasn’t reported. This includes measures for frequency of service, vehicle failure, and fare survey results. Other useful metrics, such as fare box recovery ratio, were simply incapable of being measured, due to a lack of data collection. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Can Texas lesson help Oregon graduation rates?

Sen Doug Whitsett Can Texas lesson help Oregon graduation rates?

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

When it comes to education, every kid counts.

This week, Klamath Community College President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez led a group of 15 state, regional and southern Oregon educators to McAllen, Texas. The purpose of the trip was to learn how that community corrected its dismal high school dropout and graduation rates.

I was fortunate to be asked to travel with the educators to learn how the combined Pharr, San Juan and Alamo Independent School Districts (PSJAISD) were able to so dramatically and rapidly improve their long-standing education and social problems. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:02 | Posted in Education | 33 Comments

Oregon Dems’ tax tsunami has started

 Oregon Dems tax tsunami has started

Oregon Senate Republicans

Tax proposals target home mortgages, job training centers, small businesses

Salem, OR – The Democrat “Super Majority” is doing little to hide their plans for the 2015 Legislative Session. On Monday, the House Revenue Committee introduced more than 40 bills that would increase taxes on working Oregon families and small businesses.

“The Democrat regime has a spending fever, and their only prescription is more taxes,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes, Taxes | 9 Comments

Kitzhaber crisis week forecasts ugly 2015

kitzhaber moneygrab2 Kitzhaber crisis week forecasts ugly 2015By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
OregonWatchdog.com

Carbon Tax exposed: The Oregonian Editorial Board called Kitzhaber’s Carbon Tax campaign “Bogus” and proceeded to intellectually tear apart his chief sales promise of saving the state $1.6 billion. Readers can figure it out that enacting a giant new tax will not save anyone a billion — but it was encouraging to see the media expose a whole pyramid scheme of false premises behind another (failed) Governor proposal. Please read this hard-hitting Editorial.

Cylvia Hayes exposed: At the same time, the media unloaded on new emails (painfully delayed) showcasing the unlawful activities of Oregon’s First Lady Sylvia Hayes misusing the Governor’s office for personal gain. The report showed….

- Cylvia Hayes used a top Kitzhaber executive aide to book hotels, airplanes, charged $41 breakfast to the State for trips that benefited Hayes’ personal business. The governor’s staff member also drove her Prius to the shop and maintained Continue reading

Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Uncategorized | 16 Comments

BioGas in Eugene: More Taxpayer Waste from Portland’s Waste

larryhuss BioGas in Eugene: More Taxpayer Waste from Portland’s Waste

Right From the Start

By Larry Huss,

Monday’s Eugene Register Guard carried an article about the new biogas power plant just north of Eugene. Apparently it is mired in a controversy between its former CEO and its primary shareholder. But the real story is not the “cat fight” between the parties. That fight is just about money and it isn’t even “their” money they are fighting about.

The real story here is about abuse of taxpayers funds, about another version of an unsustainable “green dream” and about customers being forced into uneconomic choices. For those of you uninitiated in the newest rage in “sustainable” energy, a biogas project basically gathers methane gas generated by rotting food and burns that methane to generate electricity – it’s just a step up from the wags who complained about cows emitting methane and urged that they be enclosed and the gas trapped and used as an “alternative” fuel. But more about the quality of that process later. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Waste, Green Energy, Liberalism, State Government | 8 Comments

‘Gas-guzzling’ PERS drains effectiveness of our tax dollars

Dan Lucas July 2012 BW ‘Gas guzzling’ PERS drains effectiveness of our tax dollars

by Dan Lucas

Imagine every government fleet in Oregon had vehicles that only got 4 miles per gallon (MPG), and that on average private sector fleets had vehicles that got 22 MPG. Assuming an average of 12,000 miles driven per year and around $3 per gallon of gas, that would mean that each government vehicle costs $7,400 more per year to operate. And all of those tax dollars would be just be being poured down gas tanks — not going towards hiring more teachers or police officers.

For every 8 government vehicles that got replaced with vehicles with the private sector fuel efficiency in this example, we would be able to hire one additional teacher or police officer — assuming an average payroll cost of $60,000. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 30 Comments

Lars Larson: Kitzhaber hides Cylvia’s misdeeds in Friday ‘document dump’

 Lars Larson: Kitzhaber hides Cylvia’s misdeeds in Friday ‘document dump’

by Lars Larson

You might think that Friday afternoon document dumps only work for the President and his cronies in DC. But look how well the strategy works for Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancé, Cylvia Hayes.

Questions arose before the election about Hayes running her private business literally out of the Governor’s office and peddling influence because she has, let’s say, the EAR of John Kitzhaber. The governor stalled the release of public records requested by Willamette Week until LAST week…emails between Hayes and a 60-thousand dollar a year state employee who has been doing her bidding for years. Continue reading

Posted by at 12:30 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Oregon Government | 6 Comments

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