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

The Crisis of Common Sense

By Steve Buckstein I’ve taken two tours of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Though it was full of vivid history about the signers of the Declaration, it was nearly silent about one relatively unsung hero of the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government corruption, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Welfare Mentality and Dealing With Greece

According to European financial markets managers, the “bail out” of Greece began in 2009. In fact Greece has been sliding into bankruptcy for decades. That’s what happens when, in spite of weak economic growth you continue to grow the size and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bailout, Economy, Government Spending, President Obama | 6 Comments

Don’t Steal the Kicker

By Steve Buckstein Would you like to pay $284 less in Oregon personal income tax next year? That’s what the average taxpayer may save if Oregon’s constitutional kicker law is allowed to take effect. The kicker law requires that if … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Spending, Oregon Government, Oregon House, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Caution: Avoid ‘irrational exuberance’ over revenue forecast

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan famously used the phrase “irrational exuberance” in 1996 to describe conditions in which the stock market becomes overvalued. His comments came a few years before the crash of the dot-com … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, State Budget | 3 Comments

Oregon facing $3 billion budget crisis next biennium (2017-19)?

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) The big news this week was the revenue forecast, which is up an additional $463 million. This means there is an additional $1.75 billion in this budget cycle. On the front end we should keep … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:49 | Posted in Government Spending, Obamacare, OR 78th Legislative Session, PERS, State Budget | 9 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

Oregon Seniors Deserve Truth in Medicare Reform

By Steve Buckstein and Patrick M. Gleason If Congress doesn’t act by the end of this month, when payment cuts to Medicare providers are scheduled to hit, there will be a major health care crisis. Topping the to-do list is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Health Care Reform | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

TriMet’s Great Disappearing Act

By John A. Charles, Jr. During the 2003 session of the Oregon State Legislature, TriMet sought an increase in the regional payroll tax rate. In public testimony, TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen said, “TriMet’s proposed payroll tax increase will be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Spending, Government Waste, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Cascade Report Exposes $2.6 Billion in Unfunded Liabilities

By Kathryn Hickok Cascade Policy Institute has released a new report showing that Oregon public employers have more than $2.6 billion in unfunded actuarially accrued liabilities associated with non-pension benefits promised to current and future retirees. Referred to as “Other … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:14 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Government Spending, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, PERS, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, Public Transportation, State Budget, State Government, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

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