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

Forced Charity Isn’t Charity…It’s Just Force

By Steve Buckstein When Phil and Penny Knight announced last September* that they would offer $500 million to OHSU for cancer research if the public matched their gift, it understandably led to an outpouring of positive comments and support. But … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in State Budget | Tagged , , , , | 19 Comments

Oregon’s tax kicker law is important

by Richard Leonetti The Oregonian recently had an editorial about eliminating the Kicker (“Waiting for the income tax kicker to kick” Sarasohn 2/12/14) – I think they mis-characterize the entire purpose of the law. To gloss over the Kicker as mere … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in State Budget, State Taxes | 13 Comments

Oregon House & Senate GOP on Revenue Forecast

Oregon House Republican Office Oregon Senate Republican Office Salem, OR - Rep. Mike McLane (R – Powell Butte), House Republican Leader issued the following statement related to yesterday’s revenue forecast: “There are good signs, but Oregon’s economic recovery remains slow. It … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:47 | Posted in Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 2 Comments

The Portland Streetcar: Time to Reset the Vision

By John A. Charles, Jr. If some Portlanders are confused about why we have a 19th century trolley operating in a 21st century city, they are not alone. City leaders are confused as well. According to the Streetcar Concept Plan … Continue reading

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Sen. Bruce Starr on the state revenue forecast

Salem, OR – Senator Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) issued the following statement in response to Thursday’s revenue projections: “Most Oregon families would be thrilled to experience the 15% increase in income that state government is now enjoying. The legislature should continue … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:42 | Posted in Oregon Senate, State Budget | 202 Comments

Should the next generation be paying for what we can’t afford today?

by Sen. Doug Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls) Much has already been said regarding the ongoing Oregon government spending addiction. Our Legislative Assembly has a long tradition of spending all available revenue. Moreover, it has not been content to spend only the existing … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 486 Comments

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