Will Oregon Price the Least-Skilled out of the Workforce…Too Slowly?

By Steve Buckstein As Oregon’s February legislative session approaches, Governor Kate Brown wants to head off a contentious minimum wage ballot measure that would raise Oregon’s rate up to $15 per hour over three years. But, her plan seems to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kate Brown, Jobs, Labor, Oregon Government, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 34 Comments

Give Every Oregon Employer a Personalized Minimum Wage

By Steve Buckstein Union-backed and activist groups are trying to put measures on the November 2016 ballot to raise Oregon’s minimum wage from the current $9.25 to either $13.50 or $15, and to allow local governments such as the city … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Initiative & Referendum, Jobs, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Progressivism, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

New laws effective Jan 2016: ‘Lumps of coal’ for Oregon’s economy

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – With the end of a tumultuous year in Oregon government drawing to a close, Senate Republicans highlighted a number of new laws that will harm working families and small businesses in the New Year. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:26 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 2 Comments

That “old technocratic central planning impulse” is alive and well in Oregon

By Steve Buckstein One of the most memorable and talked about lines from the November 10th Republican presidential debate came from Senator Marco Rubio, who said, “For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Economy, Education, Employment, Federal Government, Oregon Government, Progressivism, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Minimum wage hike: Hidden costs of compensation

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon currently has the second-highest minimum wage in the nation, behind only Washington State. That is due largely to the 2002 passage of Measure 25, a Constitutional amendment that raised the wage and requires it to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs, Labor | 37 Comments

Washington’s War on Millennials

By Jared Meyer Tens of millions of Americans are between the ages of 18 and 30, and achieving success will be more difficult for these so-called Millennials than it was for young people in the past. This is because politicians … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Employment, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Liberalism, Life, Obamacare, Right-to-Work | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

WA governor lauds forest products’ role in economy, sustainability

Washington Forest Protection Association OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation of this week (Oct. 18-24) as Washington Forest Products Industry Week is proof of the importance of wood products to the state’s economy and environment, industry leaders say. “The governor’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:27 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs, Timber | Leave a comment

The Minimum Wage Conversation Never Ends

By Steve Buckstein Oregon and some other states mandate that their minimum wage increase every year with the Consumer Price Index. Based on that formula, it was announced earlier this month that Oregon’s minimum wage, the second highest in the country … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment | Tagged , | 76 Comments

New/Old Thoughts on Welfare

Every now and then the Oregonian, perhaps unwittingly, produces an article that should set Americans thinking about changing the status quo. This past weekend was one of those instances. In the September 6, 2015 edition, Joseph Rose wrote an article … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Food Stamps, Government reform, Government Waste, Individual Responsiblity, Labor, President Obama, Progressivism, Unemployment | 23 Comments

Employee Freedom Respects Workers’ Choice

By Kathryn Hickok Why might workers like the opportunity to opt out of union membership? Some believe they can make better use of their own money rather than giving it to a union. Others “vote with their feet” against what … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Oregon’s Proposed Sick Leave Law Doesn’t Fit All

By Anna Mae Kersey Senate Bill 454, which mandates that employers implement paid sick leave for employees, may leave small business owners and the agriculture industry in the dust. SB 454 states, “Employers that employ at least 10 employees working … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Government | Tagged , , | 16 Comments

Minimum Wage Follies

By Steve Buckstein Fourteen bills have been introduced in the Oregon legislature to raise Oregon’s already high minimum wage or let localities do so. Apparently, some legislators believe that political laws can override the laws of economics. In this case, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Labor, Oregon Government, State Budget | Tagged , | 12 Comments

Time to “Uberize” the Transportation Economy

By John A. Charles, Jr. We are now two weeks into a 120-day “pilot project” by the City of Portland to allow private car-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to legally compete with cab companies. Given the consumer demand for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , | 16 Comments

Progressive Policies Lead to a Lousy Economy

The state of the economy is, in a word, LOUSY. The friends of President Barack Obama – the bankers and moneychangers on Wall Street – are doing just fine. They have improved their wealth – without contributing to the expansion … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Hillary Clinton, Oregon Government, PERS, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | 21 Comments

America’s 2015 Tax Bill? It’s 31% of the Work Year

By Kathryn Hickok Tax Freedom Day arrives this year on April 24, six days later than it was two years ago. Tax Freedom Day is a calendar-based measure of Americans’ cumulative tax bill. It is calculated as the day on … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Spending, Government Waste, Jobs, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Waiting on the Promises of the Republican Majority

The mainstream media is fawning over President Barack Obama’s striking a deal with Iran to allegedly ban their development of nuclear weapons. And FOX News and the talk radio hosts are equally dyspeptic over Mr. Obama creating a pathway for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Employment, Ethics, Iran, President Obama | 8 Comments

The ‘big lie’ about unemployment in Oregon

by Dan Lucas On Tuesday the CEO of polling firm Gallup wrote an opinion piece called The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment. It’s about how the official unemployment rate is extremely misleading – because disappeared in that rate are all the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Jobs | 208 Comments

The Regime Trembles at the Sight of a Smartphone

By Steve Buckstein “The regime trembles at the sight of a smartphone.”* That quote comes from Portland-based independent journalist and world traveler Michael J. Totten. One might guess that he wrote it about Portland’s city government and its aversion to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Jobs, Leadership, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , | 52 Comments

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 , , , , , , | 403 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 , , , , , , | 45 Comments

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