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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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

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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

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Sen. Doug Whitsett: The Last Hurrah

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The latest round of legislative committee days was just completed at the state capitol in Salem. It also happened to be my final set of official meetings in office, as I am set to retire at … Continue reading

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Oregon legislative GOP reacts to Measure 97 redux

by NW Spotlight On Tuesday, the Portland Tribune ran a story headlined “Measure 97 proponents unveil new corporate sales tax proposal,” reporting that the “Coalition that offered [Measure 97] wants lawmakers to tax biggest corporations, health care.” Republicans in the … Continue reading

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Oregon braces for tax tsunami

Oregon Senate Republicans SALEM-Despite the overwhelmingly rejection of Measure 97 and the availability of $1.3 billion in new revenue next biennium, an 8.3 percent increase from 2015 to 2017, the Democrat-controlled House and Senate Revenue Committees have introduced over a … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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