Oregon Senate Dems pass bill to line pockets of trial lawyers

Oregon Senate Republicans HB 2700 lines pockets of trial lawyers at the expense of Oregon schools – trial lawyers who gave over $300K to Dem campaigns in Oregon this past election Salem, OR – Today, Senate Democrats passed a partisan bill … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:05 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 2 Comments

Bad week in the Legislature, but just the start

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) The balance of power in Salem has definitely moved significantly to the left this year. Elections do have consequences, and in a representative republic the winners do get to set the agenda. The reality in … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, Transportation | 7 Comments

Oregon Senate GOP seeks to clear ‘ethical fog’ around Kitzhaber

Oregon Senate Republicans Request Correspondence between Governor’s Office and Campaign Advisers Salem, OR – Today, Oregon Senate Republicans announced they have submitted a Public Records Request for all correspondence between key Kitzhaber political campaign advisers and the Governor’s office from … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:38 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 4 Comments

Oregon senate Dems raise car insurance costs, pay back trial lawyer donors

Oregon Senate Republicans Senate Democrats Pass Bill Increasing Transportation Costs SB 411 Lines the Pockets of Trial Lawyers at the Expense of Oregon Families Salem, OR – Today, the Oregon Senate passed SB 411 in a partisan vote, sending a … Continue reading

Posted by at 01:52 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 5 Comments

Oregon Senate Dems pass underhanded, hidden gas tax

But wait, it gets worse! The way they did it means Oregonians won’t be able to put it on the ballot, this was something being pushed by Cylvia Hayes, it puts Oregon’s real transportation needs in jeopardy, and the “green … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Global Warming, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes | 19 Comments

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

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