The Poor Aren’t Getting Poorer

Bruce Sacerdote, Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, has submitted a new paper to the National Bureau of Economic Research tackling a vexing measurement error problem in tracking the growth of income over the past fifty years. Despite popular perceptions that our indexing of prices over time understate inflation, the opposite is the case.   Continue reading

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The Reshaping of Conservative Media

Bill O’Reilly leaving Fox News marks the end of an era for American conservative media.  For years O’Reilly has been a ratings juggernaut in the world of cable news.  O’Reilly’s departure is saddening to many of his long time fans and being celebrated over at the MSNBC studios.  No matter your feeling about Bill O’Reilly or the accusations against him, it marks a titanic shift in the way that conservative Americans get their news. Continue reading

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Rebecca Tweed wins 17th annual Thomas Jefferson Award

Rebecca Tweed wins 2017 Thomas Jefferson Award
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

The 17th annual Thomas Jefferson Award was awarded to Rebecca Tweed on the Jayne Carroll Radio Program KUIK 1360.   Rebecca Tweed was recognized for her vital role in helping bring together one of the largest coalition’s in Oregon history to defeat Oregon’s largest tax increase threat known as Measure 97.    It is not an overstatement to say that because of Rebecca Tweed and the defeat of Measure 97 and it’s $3 billion tax increase that there are numerous  small businesses that have been spared from closing and numerous everyday Oregonians spared from layoffs. Continue reading

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Forrest Gump and CalPERS

Right From the Start

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is in financial trouble.  It’s nothing new.  CalPERS, like the public employees retirement systems in big spender states (e.g. Oregon, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and others) have succumbed to the escalating wage and benefit demands of the public employee unions to such an extent that contributions made annually by the state governments are insufficient to fund the future liability for inflated pensions and benefits.

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Thomas Jefferson Award winner TBA on radio today

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

The 17th annual Thomas Jefferson Award winner will be announced on the Jayne Carroll Radio Program on KUIK 1360 today at prime drive time 5:00pm.   All Oregonians can listen in live via the internet at    The coveted Thomas Jefferson Award is a 17 year tradition of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon (since 1999) and the Oregon Executive Club (since 1975).    The distinguished Thomas Jefferson Award is given for Oregonians who advance the principles of individual liberties and limited government.  Previous winners have been Dennis Richardson, Steve Buckstien, Dorothy English, Don McIntire and many more.    It is an honor to announce the the winner on the legendary Jayne Carroll Radio program as Jayne Carroll has been a longtime on-air voice in Oregon for 17 years! Continue reading

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Knute Buehler: Urban and Rural Oregonian

At first glance, State Representative Knute Buehler (R-Bend), is exactly what you’d expect from by looking at his resume. Buehler was born in Roseburg, played Baseball at Oregon State, received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, and now represents Bend as State Representative for District 54.

When asked what his plans are for 2018, Buehler gives a coy answer. “I’m running for something in 2018.” Continue reading

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Deeply Saddened

Some may already have seen the headlines, but for those who have not, it is with deep sadness that we must report the wife of Oregon State Senator Herman Baertschiger Jr. passed away on Saturday night. Leta Baertschiger was involved in a pedestrian-vehicle collision. She was 54 years old and is survived by her Husband and two sons. In a statement, the Baertschiger family said they are thankful for the outpouring of support and request privacy at this time.

Full coverage of the incident is available from OPB, The Oregonian, and the Statesman Journal.

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Legislature scheming up $250 million health insurance tax

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Oregon’s Legislature now appears ready to consider adding to the costs of already-expensive health insurance.  While a bill for consideration has not yet been finalized, some discussions have begun that could lead to a tax on health insurance premiums that could raise about $250 million, along with other taxes on health care.  These would all be passed along to those who actually pay the bills to help fund the state’s Medicaid program some of whom are already struggling to pay for their own health insurance. Continue reading

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Education Savings Accounts Can Help Students Without Hurting Public Schools

By Steve Buckstein

School choice programs allow students to choose schools or other educational resources and pay for them with a portion of the tax funding that otherwise would go to the public school assigned to them by their ZIP code.

While school choice is popular with large segments of the public, opponents often claim specific programs like vouchers or Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) drain funds from the public school system, and so must be rejected.

What opponents overlook is that public funding for K-12 education should actually help educate students, not simply fund specific schools whether or not they meet specific student needs.

The latest and most versatile school choice programs sweeping the country are Education Savings Accounts. ESAs deposit a percentage of the funds that the state otherwise would spend to educate a student in a public school into accounts associated with the student’s family. The family may use the funds for private school tuition or other approved educational expenses such as online learning programs, private tutoring, community college costs, higher education expenses, and other customized learning services and materials. Funds remaining in the account each year after expenses may be “rolled over” for use in subsequent years, even into college. Continue reading

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Bud Pierce: Let’s Improve Oregon’s Term Limits Law

By Dr. Bud Pierce

In 1859, Oregon became America’s 33rd state. The authors of Oregon’s Constitution wisely term limited Oregon’s Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer. These founding citizens realized that politicians consolidate power when elected to political office. With increasing time in office, political power only increases. Special interests, including the very wealthy, big business, and powerful labor, ask for favors in exchange for political support. These favors generally enhance the control and the ease of living for these special interests and their members, to the detriment of ordinary everyday Oregonians. The political class controls the machinery of government, and incumbent office holders are shielded from accountability by the bureaucracy. Many political office holders seek to control the press, to control information available to the public.

While there are term limits for Oregon’s Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer, there are no term limits for members of Oregon’s State Senate or State House of Representatives. At the founding of our state, our state government was weak and only had minor impact on the daily lives of Oregon’s citizens. Over the past 158 years, the size and influence of federal, state, and local government has increased dramatically. Citizens labor from January into May to pay their increasing burden of taxes. The laws and rules of federal, state, and local governments number in the millions. Because of the power of Oregon’s state government, the 90 elected members of Oregon’s Senate and House have enormous impact on the daily lives of Oregon’s citizens through their rule-making and taxation policies. Continue reading

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Transportation Bait and Switch

Democrats love to promise “infrastructure spending,” a phrase ripe with the logical fallacy of equivocation where a loaded term means different things. For many businesses across our state, infrastructure most readily means expanding freeway capacity in the Portland area so that our main economic engine’s own local traffic does not block the predictability of the beaver state’s exports to its significantly wealthier evergreen state neighbor to the north and to prevent this gridlock from raising shipping costs on all Oregonians. To Democrats, the same word tends to instead mean bike paths and light rail. Continue reading

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Waiting For Oregon’s Superman

I was born in 1992, meaning that Oregon has not had a single Republican Governor in my lifetime.  It is no secret that one of my greatest aspiration is to have a Republican move into Mahonia hall before I die.  Assuming I make it to the average life expectancy of a male in the United State, that gives us 54 years to get it done.

For a long time I have said that if a Republican were to get elected in Oregon, it would be someone of a high enough caliber that they would warrant national attention.  Scott Walker, Charlie Barker, and Larry Hogan are all successful Republican Governors in states as blue as Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Maryland.  So if they found a way to get elected as Republicans in those states, we should be able to find a way here in Oregon too. Continue reading

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Oregon GOP Chair Files Ethics Complaint Against Mult. Co. Judge On Strong Suspicion of Having Helped A Criminal Illegal Alien Escape From ICE Through Her Chambers


Wilsonville, OR– Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier filed an official Judicial Complaint with the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability against Multnomah County Judge Monica Herranz for her role in helping a criminal defendant to escape Federal ICE Agents on January 27th, 2017.

The complaint filed by Currier alleges, based on an audio recording and local press accounts, that Judge Herranz aided and abetted Diddier Pacheco-Salazar, a suspected illegal alien, in escaping ICE agents by opening a secure door in the back of the judge’s chambers to help him evade capture by the agents who were waiting to detain him in the hallway outside of Judge Herranz’s courtroom. Mr. Pacheco-Salazar had just pleaded guilty to a DUII in her court prior to escaping the Multnomah County Courthouse by means of the Judge’s private access route. Continue reading

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