So is PERS fixed?

by Dan Lucas After Gov. Kitzhaber successfully shepherded the five bills of the “grand bargain” package through the Legislative special session in early October, he declared that any further PERS reforms were “off the table.” Senate Bill 861 in the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 16 Comments

The Sacking of America While the Politicians Preen

The Sacking of America While the Politicians Preen Okay, we just watched the latest installment of political ineptness play out in the fight over the budget and the debt ceiling.  I say political ineptness not because the federal government experienced … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Jobs, Obamacare, President Obama, Public Employees Retirement System | 181 Comments

Five Questions For Improving Our Schools

Last week we attended a dinner of strangers.  It was one of those affairs where seating is so sufficiently random that you are almost guaranteed to join couples whom you have never met before.  As usual the early part of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, PERS, Portland Schools, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System | 284 Comments

New study: Oregon PERS among 9 worst

by NW Spotlight A study released on September 3, 2013, by the non-profit organization State Budget Solutions, rates Oregon among the nine worst states for the health of their public pension plans. “By combining the rankings of per capita unfunded liabilities … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:27 | Posted in PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 504 Comments

The Public Employees Unions Are Primarily Responsible for Oregon’s Declining Schools

Last week, the Oregonian, with front-page headlines above the fold, announced “Schools doing worse on tests.”  If that was meant to be a revelation, they are about two decades late.  Oregon’s public schools have been on a long slide into … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Spending, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, Unions | 1,265 Comments

Sen. Knopp & Rep. Conger introducing PERS bill

Sen. Tim Knopp and Rep. Jason Conger Salem, OR – Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) along with Representative Jason Conger (R-Bend) are set to provide fiscal relief to communities struggling with spiraling Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) expenses. Oregon agencies have to cut … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:35 | Posted in OR 77th Legislative Session, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 543 Comments

Oregon forces lawmakers to keep PERS

by Shelby Sebens, Northwest Watchdog PORTLAND — Oregon’s retirement plan for lawmakers borrows a line from the Eagles’ iconic hit “Hotel California.” “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.” But some lawmakers want to check out … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 77th Legislative Session, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 447 Comments

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