2017 PERS rate increases: Growing cost to Oregon schools

Sen. Tim Knopp PERS rates projected to almost double in next 9 years Salem, Ore. – Last week, Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) responded to the adoption of 2017 Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) advisory rates estimated to cost school districts … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:38 | Posted in Education, Oregon Senate, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget | 26 Comments

Sen. Knopp’s survey top priorities: Forest management and PERS reform

Press Release Bend, Ore. – Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) released the results of his 2016 session legislative survey for the constituents of Senate District 27. Constituents were asked to share their top priorities for the 2016 session, and two pieces … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:59 | Posted in Natural Resources, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, Timber | 7 Comments

Oregon facing $3 billion budget crisis next biennium (2017-19)?

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) The big news this week was the revenue forecast, which is up an additional $463 million. This means there is an additional $1.75 billion in this budget cycle. On the front end we should keep … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:49 | Posted in Government Spending, Obamacare, OR 78th Legislative Session, PERS, State Budget | 9 Comments

A Generational Mistake

By Steve Buckstein The Oregon Supreme Court last week struck down key 2013 legislative reforms to the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) that would have saved taxpayers billions of dollars. The Court in effect added some $5 billion back … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in Economy, Government reform, Oregon Government, PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , | 21 Comments

PERS decision will cost Oregon more than $1 billion

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Cost of Oregon Supreme Court reversal of 2013 PERS reforms will be well more than $1 billion – “Not a single one of those dollars will go towards hiring teachers, police officers, librarians, paving roads or … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:15 | Posted in Oregon Supreme Court, PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | 22 Comments

Progressive Policies Lead to a Lousy Economy

The state of the economy is, in a word, LOUSY. The friends of President Barack Obama – the bankers and moneychangers on Wall Street – are doing just fine. They have improved their wealth – without contributing to the expansion … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Hillary Clinton, Oregon Government, PERS, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | 21 Comments

Supreme Court PERS ruling: Sen. Tim Knopp calls for immediate action

Sen. Tim Knopp Salem, OR – Yesterday, the Oregon Supreme Court announced their decision to overturn major PERS reforms from the 2013 Grand Bargain that would have saved the state close to $5 billion in unfunded liability. “[Thursday] we lost … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:47 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, Oregon Supreme Court, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 5 Comments

GOP leadership on Oregon Supreme Court PERS ruling

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, OR – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) and Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) issued the following joint statement regarding today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down the PERS reforms passed by the … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:14 | Posted in Oregon Supreme Court, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 8 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

The ever-elusive K-12 school funding in Oregon

by Dan Lucas The Portland Tribune ran an article a couple of days ago on the upcoming Oregon legislative session. It focused on Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) starting his role as chairman of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee. The … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:57 | Posted in Education, Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, PERS, State Budget, State Taxes | 477 Comments

‘Gas-guzzling’ PERS drains effectiveness of our tax dollars

by Dan Lucas Imagine every government fleet in Oregon had vehicles that only got 4 miles per gallon (MPG), and that on average private sector fleets had vehicles that got 22 MPG. Assuming an average of 12,000 miles driven per … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 30 Comments

Be wary of govt-sponsored retirement plan for private sector workers

by Sen. Doug Whitsett It is often said that bad ideas are never truly defeated in the legislative process; they simply remain dormant until being resurrected in a different form for a future Legislature to debate. House Bill 3436 is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, PERS, Public Employee Unions, State Government | 6 Comments

Why credit Kitzhaber for being ‘bipartisan’ in a one-party state?

by Dan Lucas In a recent endorsement of Gov. Kitzhaber for a 4th term as Oregon Governor, the Statesman Journal Editorial Board wrote “A key example is how Kitzhaber worked with the Legislature to have a successful, bipartisan special session … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Gov. Kitzhaber, PERS | 9 Comments

Call for more PERS transparency

by Dan Lucas For whatever reason, Oregon media outlets continue to present very deceptive impressions around how much PERS is costing all levels of government within Oregon. The Oregonian and the Salem Statesman Journal ran articles this past week on … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:09 | Posted in PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 268 Comments

Oregon’s Public Employee Unions and Pay-to-Play

Sunday’s Oregonian carried an article on political contributions by corporations authored by David Sirota, a writer for web-based PandoDaily. Mr. Sirota is not a journalist or editorialist for the Oregonian nor for any of the wire services or major news … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bill of Rights, First Amendment, Free Speech, PERS, Public Employee Unions, State Government, Unions, Voting | 33 Comments

Decrypting PERS employer contribution rates

by Dan Lucas There has been some good news from Oregon PERS recently. A week ago actuaries let the PERS board know that the PERS unfunded liability had dropped from $16.3 billion in 2011 to $8.5 billion in 2013.  The … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:21 | Posted in Media, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 3,305 Comments

Oregon’s Dismal Employment Picture Isn’t Gov. Kitzhaber Fault – Just Ask Him

  Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to be re-elected again – for the fourth time. At the end of his second term he deemed Oregon “ungovernable” which is liberal newspeak for “it’s not my fault that I failed.” After eight years … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Cover Oregon, Economy, Employment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Jobs, Leadership, Obamacare, PERS, Public Employee Unions | 425 Comments

Stockton bankruptcy: Calif PERS may be on chopping block

by NW Spotlight The Fresno Bee is reporting that the judge in the Stockton, California bankruptcy case is leaning towards making the city’s California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) “pension obligations debts that could be trimmed along with those of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | 29 Comments

Oregon ranks 31st in long-run solvency

by NW Spotlight In January 2014 the Mercatus Center at George Mason University released a study titled State Fiscal Condition – Ranking the 50 States. It included a Ranking of States Long-Run Solvency using data from FY 2012. Oregon ranked … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Health Care Reform, PERS, State Budget | 233 Comments

Budget crisis in Polk County

by Dan Lucas I have been somewhat horrified at the headlines about the budget problems in Polk County. Things have gotten so bad that Polk County now goes for 14 hours a day without sheriff’s patrol and the sheriff’s office … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Environment, Federal Government, PERS, Taxes, Timber | 674 Comments

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