Senator Ted Ferrioli gets $300 million for schools

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli

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.

Posted by at 06:24 | Posted in Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Budget | Leave a comment

Republicans fight for victims of rape and sexual abuse

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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

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, OR 78th Legislative Session | 2 Comments

Sen. Boquist: Two bills worthy to save

boquistbillsOregon 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

Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The Crisis of Common Sense

CascadeNewLogoBy 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

Posted by at 04:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government corruption, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Coming to America: Hang onto a Dream

America is the only country in the world founded on ideas; not on race, not on culture, not on language, but on the ideas of human liberty and freedom. These ideas, as our founders noted, are universal, but they have been lived out here better than anywhere else on earth. That’s why so many people from around the world have come to America; to experience the liberty and freedom denied them at home.

As we celebrate the founding of our nation on July 4th, I suggest watching the opening two minutes and 25 seconds of Neil Diamond’s movie “The Jazz Singer,” featuring a short version of his iconic song, “Coming to America.” Continue reading

Posted by at 10:05 | Posted in Uncategorized | 31 Comments

Shady outside interests control Oregon environmental groups

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by Drew Johnson

Two of the loudest voices in Oregon state politics receive the majority of their funding from outside the state and get their marching orders from shady special interests, according to IRS documents and other public records.

The Oregon Environmental Council and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters are considered among the most prominent environmental groups in the state. Few organizations have as much sway in the halls of the state capitol and in the voting booth.

This year, the two environmental extremist groups have fought, with mixed success, to keep the state’s unpopular Clean Fuel program, increase public funding for electric vehicles and passenger rail boondoggles, and ban many children’s toys containing common chemicals, among other pet issues. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Environment, OR 78th Legislative Session | 19 Comments

Where is the civility from the party that preaches tolerance?

Rep Mike Nearman_thbby Rep. Mike Nearman

On Friday, June 26, before the floor session started in the Oregon House of Representatives, I made a point of saying to my friend, Representative Rob Nosse of Portland, “Congratulations on the Supreme Court Decision. This is a big day for you.” I don’t agree with the decision, but I’m truly happy for my friend and his family.

Also on Friday, HB 2002 – a bill to create a means for reporting racial profiling by law enforcement agencies – came to the floor. I spoke in favor of that bill and then gladly voted for it. I feel strongly that the person matters more than the race.

At the end of the day, during the time in which Representatives are allowed to speak on any subject, Representative Joe Gallegos (D) of Hillsboro, in anticipation of the rally on the Capitol steps featuring Sheriff Joe Arapaio, referred to people as “bigots”. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 25 Comments

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