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

Public Employees Unions Facilitate Corruption

At a social gathering recently I was asked why I was so hard on the public employee unions and said hardly a word about the private sector unions. Had I had the May 31 edition of the Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Corruption, Crony capitalism, Government corruption, PERS, Public Employee Unions | 24 Comments

IP 28 will result in over 20,000 lost Oregon jobs, higher prices

Oregon Senate Republicans IP28’s Regressive Tax Would Have Devastating Effect on Oregon’s Economy Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, the Oregon Senate Interim Committee on Finance and Revenue heard a report on the potential effects of Initiative Petition 28, a ballot measure … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:04 | Posted in Jobs, Public Employee Unions, State Taxes | 4 Comments

Report: State employee salaries rising while K-12 underfunded

Oregon Senate Republicans LFO Report Reveals State Employee Salaries Rising While K-12 Education Budget Remains Underfunded Salem, Ore. – Last week, Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) reported the average cost for a state employee in 2015, including salary and benefits, … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:52 | Posted in Education, PERS, Public Employee Unions, State Budget | 3 Comments

Are Oregon public employees becoming a privileged class?

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Last September, my office and the Senate Republican Caucus asked the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) to determine both the average and median compensation for Oregon state employees. Completing the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes | 15 Comments

Proposed new business taxes to pay for huge state worker payroll increases

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Over the past several months, representatives of Governor Kate Brown and the progressive liberal Democrat Party majority have been quietly discussing new labor contracts with the State’s public employee unions. Not surprisingly, these labor negotiations, with … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Initiative & Referendum, Public Employee Unions, State Taxes, Voting | 10 Comments

Forced union dues collection: Bigger problem than most realize

Letter to the Editor Unions of government workers in Oregon have lavish bank accounts resulting from mandatory dues payments by state workers, who currently have no choice whether to support the union financially or not. Many voters applaud current efforts … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:17 | Posted in Illegal Immigration, Public Employee Unions | 18 Comments

How Would You Spend $100 Million?

By Steve Buckstein How would you spend $100 million? If you’re Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the most successful social network on the planet, you spend it trying to improve one of the most unsuccessful public school districts in America: the … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Education, Public Employee Unions, Unions | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Employee Freedom Respects Workers’ Choice

By Kathryn Hickok Why might workers like the opportunity to opt out of union membership? Some believe they can make better use of their own money rather than giving it to a union. Others “vote with their feet” against what … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

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