Personal ‘kicker’ of $402 million – first time since 2007

by NW Spotlight The State of Oregon’s September 2015 Economic and Revenue Forecast was released today. The personal ‘kicker’ will be $402 million. The Oregonian reported “Oregon taxpayers will receive a smaller-than-expected ‘kicker’ tax rebate,” with a “median payout of … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:04 | Posted in Oregon Government, State Budget, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Taxpayers Ultimately Get the Bill for Oregon’s Medicaid Expansion

By Thomas Tullis Thirty states have already undertaken the Medicaid expansion encouraged by the Affordable Care Act. In Oregon, more than one in 4 people are now enrolled in Medicaid. Enrollment is nearly twice as high as originally thought, and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, State Budget, State Government | Tagged , , , , | 20 Comments

Restore the Trust in State Trust Lands

By Anna Mae Kersey When Oregon joined the Union, the U.S. Congress granted it control of State Trust Lands, public lands managed by the state to support public education in perpetuity through the Common School Fund. Currently, 96 percent of … Continue reading

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Will “Free” Tuition Make College Cost More?

By Thomas Tullis On July 17, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 81, the “Oregon Promise” legislation that allocates $10 million to a “free” community college tuition program for Oregon students. With college tuition having increased ten-fold over the last … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Spending, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

Oregon and other states to pay dearly for ‘Affordable’ health care

by Sen. Doug Whitsett We are now more than six years into the presidency of Barack Obama. The products of his signature redistribution-of-wealth programs are becoming all too apparent, with devastating consequences for states like Oregon that rushed to be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health Care Reform, Obamacare, Oregon Health Authority, State Budget | 14 Comments

Oregon’s increasing Medicaid cost

by NW Spotlight A column in the Statesman Journal back in May noted “One in four Oregonians is on Medicaid, the government health care payment system for the poor. That does not include older Oregonians who are on Medicare.” Who’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health Care Reform, Obamacare, State Budget | 11 Comments

2015-17 Oregon budget is out: Spending is up!

by Dan Lucas Information on the current 2-year Oregon state budget came out yesterday afternoon from the Legislative Fiscal Office. This is for the 2015-17 Oregon budget – that was just passed by the 2015 Regular Session of the 78th … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, State Budget | 3 Comments

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