Oregon Secretary of State Implements “Open Checkbook” Policy

By Dennis Richardson — Oregon Secretary of State One of my key commitments to Oregonians is accountability for how we spend your state tax dollars. The people of Oregon who pay the bills have a right to know how their … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Corruption, Dennis Richardson, Ethics, Government reform, Government Spending | 3 Comments

Political Correctness Driven to the Absurd

Rigid adherence to any political ideology will ultimately produce foolish results.  For instance the accepted norm for conservatives is to oppose abortion on demand while supporting imposition of the death penalty.  I have been a conservative all of my adult … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government Spending, Government Waste, Liberalism, Political Correctness, Portland Politics, Progressivism | 6 Comments

Government Investing Social Security Funds

Monday’s Wall Street Journal (April 10, 2017) carried competing opinion pieces regarding “Should the Social Security Trust Fund Be Allowed to Invest in Stocks.”  It is an interesting debate that surprisingly finds the left supporting stock market investment and the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Abuse, Government Spending, Social Security, Transparency | 4 Comments

Trimming the Budget While Trimming Taxpayer Funds for Democrats

All hell has broken loose amongst the OMG chorus as President Donald Trump has proposed a series of cuts, including elimination of a handful of federal programs, as an offset to needed increases in military spending.  Eight years of President … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Budget, Government Spending, Government Waste, Liberalism, Military Spending, Preident Bill Clinton, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Progressivism, Public Employee Unions | 2 Comments

Subsidizing Healthcare for the Poor

The bill establishing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is 906 pages long.  There are over 13,000 additional pages of regulation that accompanies the bill.  Because Obamacare touched so many other areas of the law including taxation, licensing, and welfare estimates … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Spending, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, President Donald Trump, Welfare State | 6 Comments

“Facing Reality” Report Offers Solutions to Governor Brown’s $1.7 Billion Budget Hole Without Raising Taxes

PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute and Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation jointly released a new report Wednesday, entitled Facing Reality: Suggestions to balance Oregon’s budget without raising taxes. The report offers practical solutions to fill Governor Kate Brown’s estimated $1.7 … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Leadership, Obamacare, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Tax Reform, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knopp, Buehler decline legislative pay increase

By Oregon Senate Republicans SALEM- State Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Central Oregon, and state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, announced today they are declining the governor’s unilaterally directed 2.75 percent legislative salary increase. “Establishment politicians have said Oregon has a budget crisis. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government Spending, Government Waste, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Metro Should Dump the Garbage Tax

By Allison Coleman Last month, Portland-area voters approved Ballot Measure 26-178, which imposes a five-year property tax that will generate $80 million dollars for Metro to maintain parks owned by the agency. On the surface, this seems like a wonderful … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Government Spending, Initiative & Referendum, Local Taxes, Metro, Portland Politics, Taxes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Power Is the Narcotic of Choice for Politicians

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon’s free-market research center, Cascade Policy Institute, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner party on October 20 at the Tualatin County Club. Since its founding in 1991, Cascade has emerged as a leading … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Energy, Environment, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Measure 97, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Transparency | Tagged | Leave a comment

Something’s Rotten in Metro’s Missing Garbage Tax Money

By John A. Charles, Jr. and Allison Coleman Metro is asking for a new tax levy this November (Measure 26-178 on your ballot) despite the fact that it already has sufficient funds to operate all its parks. In 2002, the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Environment, Government reform, Government Spending, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Taxes | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Measure 97 and the Mirage of School Funding

By John A. Charles, Jr. Proponents of Measure 97 have consistently claimed that if the measure passes, it will generate an additional $3 billion annually for public education and other social services. Judging from the comments I’ve read in various … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Children, Economy, Education, Government Spending, Initiative & Referendum, Measure 97, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | Leave a comment

BETCs, Biofuels and Boondoggles

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregonians have endured unending cries from proponents of big government for more than a decade, claiming the State must have more revenue to run its operations. Those constant pleas, combined with Democrat dominance of both the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:27 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Measure 97, State Budget, State Taxes | 10 Comments

Repeating Mistakes Is Not a Housing Strategy

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland City Council has approved a plan for the Housing Bureau to lease industrial land in North Portland for $10,000 per month, beginning October 7. The site is to be used for the construction … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Health & Human Services, Portland, Portland Politics | Tagged | 12 Comments

How Much of the Year Do Your Taxes Cost?

By Kathryn Hickok If every penny earned since the beginning of the year went to pay federal, state, and local taxes, Americans would have to work until the middle of April just to cover their tax bills. Tax Freedom Day … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Spending, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 33 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

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

Taxpayers Ultimately Get the Bill for Oregon’s Medicaid Expansion

By Thomas Tullis Thirty states have already undertaken the Medicaid expansion encouraged by the Affordable Care Act. In Oregon, more than one in 4 people are now enrolled in Medicaid. Enrollment is nearly twice as high as originally thought, and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, State Budget, State Government | Tagged , , , , | 21 Comments

Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015

By Steve Buckstein Today we join with others around the world to celebrate Friedman Legacy Day. Nobel prize winning economist Milton Friedman would have been 103 years old today. I first met Milton and his wife Rose in Ashland in … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Government Abuse, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Will “Free” Tuition Make College Cost More?

By Thomas Tullis On July 17, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 81, the “Oregon Promise” legislation that allocates $10 million to a “free” community college tuition program for Oregon students. With college tuition having increased ten-fold over the last … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Spending, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

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