Borrowing money to pay off PERS debt doesn’t solve the problem

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The compounding financial debacle within the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) is one of the most persistent and vexing problems facing Oregon lawmakers. Oregon taxpayers now owe about $22 billion more money to Oregon public employees … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:27 | Posted in Oregon Senate, PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | Leave a comment

Sen. Alan Olsen calls for action on Department of Energy audit

by Sen. Alan Olsen Salem, Ore. – Last week, the Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight discussed a recent audit of the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program. The first independent audit of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:59 | Posted in Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, Oregon Secretary of State, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

The latest from Oregon Legislative Days

by Sen. Doug Whitsett State legislators were in Salem this week to attend committee meetings during Legislative Days. Representative Gail Whitsett participated in her five assigned committees while I participated in my four assigned committees, as well as the Senate … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:44 | Posted in Green Energy, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Budget, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sen. Doug Whitsett: Standing up for conservative values

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The American Conservative Union (ACU) is the nation’s premier conservative group supporting Americans who are concerned with personal responsibility, traditional values, a strong national defense and the preservation of liberty. The Washington D.C.-based organization is the … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:31 | Posted in Oregon House, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

Oregon GOP legislative leaders on September revenue forecast

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli House Republican Leader Mike McLane Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) responded to yesterday’s September revenue forecast update with the following statement: “While we’ve experienced recent economic growth, our state budget is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:01 | Posted in Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Budget | Leave a comment

Possible PERS solutions deemed likely constitutional

Sen. Betsy Johnson and Sen. Tim Knopp Salem, Ore. – Oregon’s Legislative Counsel has released a legal opinion on the constitutionality of possible Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) reforms. Of the reforms analyzed, seven were deemed likely constitutional. Senator Betsy … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Oregon Senate, Oregon Supreme Court, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 4 Comments

What’s ailing Oregon education?

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Our state government’s spending addiction and our failing public school system are Oregon’s two most serious and pervasive problems. According to the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, this is the number one tax-and-spend state in the West. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:22 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, State Budget | 4 Comments

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