Is There Corruption of the Election System?

Several years ago while at a dinner party, the conversation got around to the burden that illegal immigration was putting on the country’s welfare system.  The hostess, a generally thoughtful and well reasoned person, disagreed asserting that she had worked … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, 2018 Election, Corruption, Fake News, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Kulongoski, Illegal Immigration, Public Employee Unions | 3 Comments

When to and not to tax bicycles

The Oregon Senate passed HB2017 yesterday. Some of the most important projects like the widening of Highway 217 didn’t make it into the final bill, but for the most part, this was a good piece of legislation. Unless you’re an … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Progressivism, Public Employee Unions, State Taxes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Free Speech and Public Employee Unions

In the pointless political correct world of the country’s ruling elites, the United States Supreme Court struck a blow for Free Speech under the First Amendment.  Under former President Barack Obama a series of white men and women occupying the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bill of Rights, Free Speech, Judicial Activism, Liberalism, Neil Gorsuch, Public Employee Unions, U.S. Supreme Court | 4 Comments

Forrest Gump and CalPERS

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is in financial trouble.  It’s nothing new.  CalPERS, like the public employees retirement systems in big spender states (e.g. Oregon, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and others) have succumbed to the escalating wage and benefit … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government corruption, Government Waste, PERS, Progressivism, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | 1 Comment

Trimming the Budget While Trimming Taxpayer Funds for Democrats

All hell has broken loose amongst the OMG chorus as President Donald Trump has proposed a series of cuts, including elimination of a handful of federal programs, as an offset to needed increases in military spending.  Eight years of President … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Budget, Government Spending, Government Waste, Liberalism, Military Spending, Preident Bill Clinton, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Progressivism, Public Employee Unions | 2 Comments

The Economy:  Where Do We Go From Here?

The weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal dutifully reported that new employment figures showed an additional 227,000 jobs created during January – a healthy but not spectacular level of growth that stands in marked contrast with the final three … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bush/Obama Recession, Congress, Economy, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Leadership, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | Leave a comment

The Worth of Public Employee Unions

What is the worth of a public employees union? Well not much these days according to the actions of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU announced last week that its members must be prepared for a thirty percent (30%) … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Donald Trump, First Amendment, Free Speech, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work | Leave a comment

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

Posted by at 07:25 | Posted in Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Public Employee Unions, State Taxes | Leave a comment

Added Trouble for PERS

What is an annuity cash flow calculator?  What is the net present value of a stream of income?  Why are the public employee unions so concerned about it?  Okay, if you were forced to endure a teachers union led education … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government Abuse, Government corruption, PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Taxes | Leave a comment

Real Tax Reform is Not What the Republicans are Talking About

Remember when the Democrats talked about “tax reform” but they really meant tax increases?  With the election of Donald Trump (R) as President and control of the House of Representatives and Senate still in the hands of the Republicans that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Donald Trump, Public Employee Unions, Tax Reform, Taxes | Leave a comment

Unbelievable! What’s Next?

I didn’t believe it would happen, but my wife did.  I didn’t believe it could happen but her cousin in Dunthorpe did.  I couldn’t believe it was happening but one of my old college roommates, now living in Gig Harbor, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Abortion, Bernie Sanders, Corruption, Donald Trump, Ethics, Hillary Clinton, McCain, Obamacare, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | 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

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

Take Time to Meet Dr. William “Bud” Pierce

I like smart people. I like to talk to them, listen to them, probe and challenge them. I like to find out if they are book smart or real smart – the former referring to education, and the latter referring … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Chicago corruption, Education, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Government corruption, Leadership, PERS, Public Employee Unions | 3 Comments

Two-Thirds of Oregon Union Members Want to End the Unions’ “Forced-Rider” Problem

By Kathryn Hickok and Steve Buckstein Last month, National Employee Freedom Week (August 14-20, 2016) called attention to the rights of union members to opt out of union membership if they choose and to stop paying dues and fees to unions … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Jobs, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Measure 97: A $30 Billion Gamble Oregon Voters Shouldn’t Make

By Steve Buckstein The massive gross receipts tax Measure 97 on Oregon’s November ballot (previously known as Initiative Petition 28) is guaranteed to suck more than three billion dollars a year out of the productive private sector and deposit them … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Initiative & Referendum, IP28, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 19 Comments

Oregon Union Members Want the Option to Represent Themselves

By Steve Buckstein National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW, August 14-20, 2016), aims to educate union members across the country about their rights to opt out of union membership and stop paying some or all of their dues and fees to … Continue reading

Posted by at 02:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Unions | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Cascade Policy Institute Opposes Measure 97, the “Sales Tax on Steroids”

August 8, 2016  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute’s Board of Directors has voted to oppose Measure 97, the 2.5 percent gross receipts tax on C corporations with Oregon sales above $25 million. It would be the … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, IP28, Measure 97, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 31 Comments

Oregon’s unfunded PERS liability climbs to $21.8 billion

Oregon Senate Republicans Fair, Constitutional PERS Reform Options Available Salem, Ore. – Today, the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Board will receive a report from their financial actuary firm Milliman showing PERS’ unfunded liability has risen to $21.8 billion. … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:11 | Posted in Oregon Senate, PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | 8 Comments

Gov. Kate Brown’s tax hike hypocrisy

Sen. Ted Ferrioli and Rep. Mike McLane Career politicians are often accused of talking out of both sides of their mouth. After a 25-year career in politics, Gov. Kate Brown is perfecting the art of saying one thing while doing … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, IP28, Obamacare, PERS, Public Employee Unions, State Budget | 8 Comments

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