Sign the Petition to Stop New Healthcare Taxes

>> Sign the petition << State Representatives Julie Parrish, Sal Esquivel, and Cedric Hayden have filed a petition to refer HB 2391, raising $550 million in taxes on healthcare, to the ballot. Democrats in the legislature voted to attempt to rig … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:45 | Posted in Health & Human Services, OR 79th Legislative Session, Taxes, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Representatives Esquivel, Hayden, Parrish file paperwork to refer HB 2391 to Oregon voters

Legislators say hard taxes in HB 2391 not guaranteed for Medicaid, will raise healthcare costs for Oregonians Salem, OR — Today, Representatives Sal Esquivel (R-Medford), Cedric Hayden (R-Cottage Grove) and Julie Parrish (R-Tualatin/West Linn) announced they’ve filed for referendum to … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:06 | Posted in Health & Human Services, OR 79th Legislative Session, Taxes, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The Oregonian: Lawmakers may expand flawed program to release prisoners early (Guest opinion)

By NW Spotlight Steve Doell in a guest opinion for The Oregonian: The legislature is again back to its get-out-of-jail-free ways. This time it’s House Bill 3078, which releases violent and non-violent offenders early and reduces the penalties for identity … Continue reading

Posted by at 02:28 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, OR 79th Legislative Session | 1 Comment

Oregon Legislative Committee Moves HB 3391: Expands Abortion, Coerces People & Organizations to Pay for Abortions

By Oregon Right to Life To ask your elected officials to vote no on HB 3391, please click here. Today the Joint Ways and Means Sub-Committee on Human Services passed out House Bill 3391 to the full Ways and Means Committee … Continue reading

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Preview: Republican Post & Democrat Rayfield Launch Bipartisan Talk Show on Oregon Legislature

Oregon State Representative’s Bill Post (R-Keizer) and Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis) have released a preview of their new, bipartisan talk show. “Behind the Scenes” pulls back the curtain on the Oregon Legislature which is currently meeting at the Oregon State Capitol in … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in OR 79th Legislative Session | 3 Comments

Top Democrat Says Coffee Tax Unlikely to Move Forward

By Reagan Knopp After being public for one day, the tax on coffee may already be dead. Willamette Week is reporting that Representative Phil Barnhart (D-Eugene) — Chair of the House Committee on Revenue — has said that a bill taxing … Continue reading

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Republicans call for leadership

Senate Republicans call for leadership, reiterate determination to crafting bold, critical bipartisan solutions   SALEM, Ore.-Today, Senate Republicans delivered to Senate President Peter Courtney and Speaker of the House Tina Kotek a letter calling for leadership. From the letter: “The 2017 … Continue reading

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Surprise! Renewable Energy Mandates Are Actually Fossil Fuel Mandates

By John A. Charles, Jr. and Lydia White The Sierra Club and other environmental groups are objecting to PGE’s plan for new, natural gas-powered generation to help replace the electrical output that will be lost when PGE shuts down the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Green Energy, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, State Government | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“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

HB 2320: Should the Law Require Life Jackets?

  By Eric Shierman There is a bill sitting in the Oregon House Committee on Transportation Policy that will, among other things, mandate wearing life jackets on nonmotorized boats. Last week I challenged you to dwell a bit on your … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:45 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, OR 79th Legislative Session | Leave a comment

The Oregon Education Solution Whose Time Has Come

By Kathryn Hickok This is National School Choice Week, the world’s largest celebration of parental choice and effective educational options for all children. Students have different talents and needs and learn in different ways. The landscape of options to meet … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, Portland Schools, State Government | 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

Tina Kotek’s Committee Assignment Fiasco

By Reagan Knopp  Hillary Borrud for The Oregonian: In social media posts and statements, Republicans cast House Speaker Tina Kotek’s decision to eliminate the House Committee on Rural Communities, Land Use and Water next year – a committee Kotek created … Continue reading

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