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 , , | Leave a comment

Fun with corporate personhood in the Oregon Legislature

by Rep. Mike Nearman I keep running into the corporate personhood bumper sticker. You know these people. They get enraged at the idea of a corporation as a person. On February 11, 2015, the Oregon House voted on a bill to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Free Speech, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 18 Comments

Rep. Parrish introduces Kitzhaber-Hayes inspired ethics & reform agenda

Bills also improve transparency, accountability and access in elections, accountability from state government to help prevent future Cover Oregon disasters, make redistricting less partisan, improve timeliness of public records requests and give Legislature ability to compel an investigation of a … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:47 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Voting | 1 Comment

When Is a Tax Not a Tax?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kitzhaber wants you to drive less, and he knows that the best way to discourage driving is to make it more expensive. The simplest way to do this would be to raise the state … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Ethics, Global Warming, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Government, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 10 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

Ethics concerns should halt Low Carbon Fuel talks

Oregon House Republican Office & Oregon Senate Republican Office Legislature Should Not Move Forward With Policy to Raise Costs for Oregon Families During Ethics Investigation Salem, OR – Legislative Republican leaders yesterday called for House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in Energy, Ethics, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | 5 Comments

Legislative update: No shortage of bad ideas

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon lawmakers were sworn in to office two weeks ago. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to read through some of the more than 9,000 pages of proposed legislation that have thus far been … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Taxes | 1 Comment

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