Bringing accountability and transparency to Salem

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Governor Kate Brown pledged to increase transparency and accountability in Oregon state government after she took office in early 2015 following Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation under a cloud of ethics challenges related to alleged influence peddling. … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:28 | Posted in Corruption, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

Power Is the Narcotic of Choice for Politicians

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon’s free-market research center, Cascade Policy Institute, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner party on October 20 at the Tualatin County Club. Since its founding in 1991, Cascade has emerged as a leading … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Energy, Environment, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Measure 97, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Transparency | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

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