Help the Working Poor Adam Smith’s Way

By Steve Buckstein This year’s May Day activities in Portland centered on promoting “workers’ rights” and “resistance to capitalism.” Unfortunately, too few critics of capitalism seem to realize that many of the workers they seek to help are being kept … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Jobs, Oregon Government, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged | 23 Comments

Counties will sue BLM over new management plan

Association of O&C Counties The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its latest proposed management plan for 2.5 million acres of timberland in western Oregon. Tuesday, 17 Counties in western Oregon announced they would challenge the plan in federal … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | 16 Comments

Problems in many state agencies likely to continue under Gov. Kate Brown’s tumultuous administration

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Prior to the start of every Legislative Assembly, the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) releases its State Agency Legislative Contact Directory. This document is very useful for lawmakers, not least because it provides information on how … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:10 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Oregon Government, State Government | 4 Comments

Storage projects can solve man-made droughts

by Sen. Doug Whitsett It would appear that both the 2015 drought and the controversial Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) have come to an end. Wet winter storms are once again dominating Oregon weather patterns. Many Oregon streams and rivers … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Government Regulation | 4 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

State agency rulemakers ignore their own rules

by Sen. Doug Whitsett In past newsletters, I have warned how the controversial Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) threatens to increase costs of energy for poor and working Oregonians, under the guise of protecting the environment. The LCFS was originally … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:36 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, State Government, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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