Why Do City Leaders Keep Portland in the “Transportation Dark Ages?”

By Steve Buckstein In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. A week ago, Uber began operating in Portland without permission, in effect daring the authorities to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government reform, Government Regulation, Leadership, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Portland Should Join the “Free World” of Ridesharing

By Steve Buckstein In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard, Oregon joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. Conspicuously absent from this list was the region’s largest city, Portland, which became virtually surrounded … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

The Governor’s Budget: Much More Than Beer Money

By Steve Buckstein Governor John Kitzhaber released his proposed 2015-17 budget this week. Critics were quick to argue that it’s either too much or too little, depending on their point of view. Media reports focused on his General Fund budget … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Spending, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Portland’s “F” Doesn’t Stand for “Transportation Friendly”

By Matthew Hayes R Street Institute, a D.C.-based think tank, released its Ridescore website last week. The site grades 50 large U.S. cities based on taxi, limo, and transportation network friendliness. Portland received an F, making it the second-most transportation-hostile … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Merkley’s war on fossil fuel hurts real middle class

by Wil Keepers An open letter to U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Senator Merkley, In your recent reelection to the US Senate, you fashioned yourself as firmly rooted in the middle class, as a man who “Has middle class views and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, U.S. Senate | 60 Comments

Dems poised to target budgets of lower and middle income Oregonians

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon’s November quarterly economic forecast was made public last week. The report revealed that the state is continuing its slow recover from the Great Recession. Several Democrat state elected leaders issued glowing reports suggesting that happy … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs, OR 78th Legislative Session | 6 Comments

The Accomplishments of Gov. John Kitzhaber

In 1985, Vera Katz (D-Portland) was the Oregon Speaker of the House and John Kitzhaber (D-Roseburg) was the President of the Oregon Senate. Some clever political wag dubbed them “Kitz and Katz.” (It represented the same level of banal intelligence … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Cover Oregon, Economy, Employment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Kulongoski, Public Employee Unions | 6 Comments

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