Seismic retrofit priority: Capitol or at-risk schools?

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Legislators are charged with making decisions on behalf of the public. This often involves setting priorities in terms of what best serves the needs of Oregon taxpayers. Many of the decisions we have to make on … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:28 | Posted in Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 5 Comments

Don’t Pay Twice for Public Education

By Steve Buckstein Last week, the American College Testing organization (ACT) released the results of its national college admissions examination consisting of tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science. Thirty-six percent of Oregon’s 2014 high school graduates took the tests. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Education, Government Spending, Initiative & Referendum, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Voting | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Oregon House and Senate Republicans on Revenue Forecast

Joint Statement From Rep. Mike McLane And Senator Ted Ferrioli On Revenue Forecast Salem, OR - House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) and Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) issued the following statement in response to today’s revenue forecast: … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:41 | Posted in Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Budget | Leave a comment

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 | 2 Comments

Flat revenue forecast indicates “Failure to Thrive”

Oregon Senate Republican Office Salem, OR – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) issued the following statement in response to the June revenue forecast released yesterday: “For many cycles, the State Economist has warned that Oregon’s economy sinks deeper … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 9 Comments

State audit finds DHS failing at welfare-to-work program

by Sen. Doug Whitsett “The growth in Oregon’s welfare program has led the nation by a wide margin for the past six years” “About one third of all Oregonians receive some form of public assistance” Temporary Assistance to Needy Families … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Government Waste, Jobs, State Budget | 6 Comments

Oregon increasing its appetite for federal money

by Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog Oregon is gorging itself on the the federal pie. The money it gets from the feds rose to 6.1 percent — to $16.4 billion — in 2013-15,  as compared to  2011-13. The Oregon Health Authority got … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Government Spending, State Budget | 2 Comments

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