“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

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

If Gambling Is a Problem, Who Is Responsible?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said she opposes the addition of any more casinos because “even a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Health & Human Services, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon Lottery, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Oregon’s poor performance on 2016 Federal Child Welfare Review

Oregon House Republicans Child Welfare System Did Not Meet National Standards In Any Of 14 Areas Assessed Salem, Ore. – On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Oregon Department of Human Services Director Clyde Saiki informed members of the Legislature of Oregon’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:59 | Posted in Children, Health & Human Services, State Government | 3 Comments

Sen. Betsy Johnson’s bill to hold state agencies accountable

by NW Spotlight Nigel Jaquiss at Willamette Week is reporting that Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) is introducing a bill in the upcoming Oregon legislative ‘short session’ to create a Legislative Committee on Accountability. The bill is SB 1577 (LC-0052), and … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:11 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Government Abuse, Government reform, Green Energy, Health & Human Services, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government | 7 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

Are ObamaCare’s Insurance Subsidies Legal?

By Kathryn Hickok Last Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not have the authority to circumvent … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, Oregon Government, State Government | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Proposed Tobacco Tax Increase Will Simply Encourage More Smuggling

By John A. Charles, Jr. State legislatures across the country have piled on the tobacco taxes over the past decade. Not surprisingly, this has created a growing problem of tobacco smuggling. As the tax rate rises, it encourages people to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Smoking Bans, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 203 Comments

Meet “The Man Who Could Bring Down ObamaCare”

Would you like to meet the man the media says could bring down ObamaCare? You’ll have that opportunity next Thursday evening, February 26, when Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute speaks in Portland. Cannon is an architect of the legal strategy … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Obamacare, Progressivism | Tagged , , , , | 263 Comments

AP: Cover Oregon Is ObamaCare’s “Biggest Failure”

By Kathryn Hickok More than seven weeks after launch, Oregon’s online health insurance exchange Cover Oregon still hasn’t enrolled one person, surprising out-of-state onlookers who would have voted Oregon “most likely to succeed.” An Associated Press story puts it this … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Obamacare, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, State Government | Tagged , , , | 300 Comments

Lars Larson: Obamacare helps felons and identity thieves

by Lars Larson Why do I have to turn my health information and personal data over to a convicted felon if I decide to apply for Obamacare? It might stun you to know it, but the Secretary of Health and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health & Human Services, Obamacare | 20 Comments

The Obama Administration and the New Forms of Lying

“YOU LIE!”  These are the words shouted out by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C) on September 9, 2009, during a speech by President Barack Obama to a Joint Session of the Congress, as Mr. Obama touted the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health & Human Services, IRS Scandal, Leadership, Mayor Sam Adams, McCain, Obamacare, President Obama, Rep. David Wu | 72 Comments

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