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

Does Oregon Rank Dead Last in Corporate Taxes? NO

By Steve Buckstein Trying to sell voters on the largest tax increase in Oregon history, Measure 97 proponents claim that “Oregon ranks dead last in corporate taxes.” But the nation’s leading independent tax policy research organization, The Tax Foundation, says this claim is misleading. It … Continue reading

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

Light Rail to Bridgeport Village: The Dumbest Train Project Yet

By John A. Charles, Jr. TriMet and Metro are promoting the idea of a new light rail line from Portland State University to the Bridgeport Village shopping mall in Tualatin. The question is, who would ride it? We already know … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in 2016 Election, Initiative & Referendum, Metro, Public Transportation, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | 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

Measure 97: A $30 Billion Gamble Oregon Voters Shouldn’t Make

By Steve Buckstein The massive gross receipts tax Measure 97 on Oregon’s November ballot (previously known as Initiative Petition 28) is guaranteed to suck more than three billion dollars a year out of the productive private sector and deposit them … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Initiative & Referendum, IP28, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 19 Comments

Putting an end to fake emergencies

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The ability of American citizens to petition their government to redress grievances is enshrined in our nation’s founding documents. The right to refer measures passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly for the voters to decide is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government reform, Initiative & Referendum, Voting | 2 Comments

A Sales Tax by Any Other Name

By Steve Buckstein Public employee union backers of Initiative Petition 28 appear to have turned in more than enough signatures to place their 2.5 percent corporate gross receipts tax on Oregon’s November ballot. While the unions portray their measure as … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

No Fake Emergencies

By Steve Buckstein I’ve written and spoken about the damage that minimum wage laws do, not only to business owners, but to their customers and their younger, less experienced, and less educated workers and potential workers. Normally, bills become law … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government reform, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government, State Government, Voting | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Support ballot measure to protect from voting by non-citizens

by Rep. Mike Nearman Ballot measure would combat vote fraud, help safeguard Oregonians’ electoral will “Here, sir, the people govern.” With this immortal phrase, Alexander Hamilton summarized the system of self-rule that, among other attributes, has made America the envy … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Illegal Immigration, Initiative & Referendum, Voting | 8 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

Proposed new business taxes to pay for huge state worker payroll increases

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Over the past several months, representatives of Governor Kate Brown and the progressive liberal Democrat Party majority have been quietly discussing new labor contracts with the State’s public employee unions. Not surprisingly, these labor negotiations, with … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Initiative & Referendum, Public Employee Unions, State Taxes, Voting | 10 Comments

Get Oregon out of the Liquor Business

By Steve Buckstein There are still eighteen so-called “control states” in America that exert substantial control over the sale of liquor. Oregon is one of them, virtually monopolizing its warehousing, distribution, and sale through the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Regulation, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government | Tagged , | 9 Comments

Assaulting “Corporate Profits” Will Hit Average Oregonians

By Steve Buckstein A union-backed group is planning to put an initiative on Oregon’s 2016 General Election ballot that would result in the largest tax increase in Oregon history. Designed to tax sales of large corporations doing business in Oregon, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes | Tagged , , | 32 Comments

2016 Oregon Lottery Local Control Act: A Citizens’ Initiative

Lottery Local Control Committee The 2016 Oregon Lottery Local Control Act is a grassroots Citizens’ initiative that protects current Oregon constitutional requirements on spending lottery revenues while granting each County across Oregon the control of how these dollars are spent locally. Petitioners … Continue reading

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Put Individual Rights Above Those of Powerful Unions

By Steve Buckstein By the time the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case next June, Rebecca Friedrichs may be the most well-known public school teacher in America—and the most controversial. She is asking the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Initiative & Referendum, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, State Government, Uncategorized, Unions | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Should English be official language of Oregon?

by Rep. Mike Nearman The idea seems pretty clear to me. I don’t want to cause any trouble. I just want to put the question to the voters, “Do you want English to be the official language of the State … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:28 | Posted in Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Attorney General, Oregon Supreme Court | 148 Comments

Bill Sizemore: Grateful to have felonies removed

by Bill Sizemore On Thursday of this week, Marion County Judge Claudia Burton signed an amended judgment converting my 2011 felony tax evasion “convictions” to misdemeanors. The new judgment is retroactive to August of 2011 and replaces the old one, … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Attorney General, Public Employee Unions | 512 Comments

Arizonans Gain the “Right to Try” to Save Their Lives

By Matthew Hayes Amid this month’s election excitement, Arizonans overwhelmingly approved their “Right to Try” referendum, allowing terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs that have completed basic FDA safety testing but are still awaiting further approval. With seventy-eight percent … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Health Care Reform, Initiative & Referendum | Tagged , , , | 23 Comments

A way forward for Oregon Republicans

by Mike Nearman It’s no secret that Oregon Republicans have had a tough time at the polls lately. Republicans haven’t won a statewide election for an embarrassingly long time. Oregon hasn’t had a Republican Governor in decades. And, like a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Republican Party, Voting | 54 Comments

Don’t Pay Twice for Public Education

By Steve Buckstein Last week, the American College Testing organization (ACT) released the results of its national college admissions examination consisting of tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science. Thirty-six percent of Oregon’s 2014 high school graduates took the tests. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Education, Government Spending, Initiative & Referendum, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Voting | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

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