A Sales Tax by Any Other Name

By Steve Buckstein Public employee union backers of Initiative Petition 28 appear to have turned in more than enough signatures to place their 2.5 percent corporate gross receipts tax on Oregon’s November ballot. While the unions portray their measure as … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

Who Profits from Gambling?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said, “even a single additional casino is likely to lead to significant … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Government, Oregon Lottery, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 3 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

Choosing safety of schoolchildren over comfort of lobbyists and politicians

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The System Can Work as Intended One of the most important duties of the members of the Legislative Assembly is to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent to best benefit the public. This often involves making … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:39 | Posted in Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 4 Comments

Rapid growth of Oregon budget continues

by Dan Lucas Last week the 2015-17 Budget Highlights Update (which includes 2016 “short session” actions) came out from the State of Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office. Oregon General & Lottery Funds Budget It’s an update to the current 2-year Oregon … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:30 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, State Budget | 18 Comments

How Much of the Year Do Your Taxes Cost?

By Kathryn Hickok If every penny earned since the beginning of the year went to pay federal, state, and local taxes, Americans would have to work until the middle of April just to cover their tax bills. Tax Freedom Day … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Spending, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 33 Comments

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