The Governor’s Budget: Much More Than Beer Money

By Steve Buckstein Governor John Kitzhaber released his proposed 2015-17 budget this week. Critics were quick to argue that it’s either too much or too little, depending on their point of view. Media reports focused on his General Fund budget … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Spending, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

What should Oregon fund by exploiting people’s addictions?

by Dan Lucas Oregon has now passed Ballot Measure 91, legalizing the use of marijuana. Oregonians voted 56% to 44% to allow the “possession, manufacture and sale of marijuana by/to adults, subject to state licensing, regulation, and taxation.” Projected marijuana … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Drug Abuse, Education, State Budget | 25 Comments

Time for a “New Business Model” for the Elliott State Forest

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon’s political leaders have the chance to do what they frequently ask of the state legislature: provide more money to Oregon’s schools. So why aren’t they doing it? The Elliott State Forest on Oregon’s South Coast … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Land Use Laws, State Budget | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Chuck Riley campaign turns to out-right lies in race against Bruce Starr

Oregon Senate Republicans Hillsboro, OR – In a desperate attempt to undermine Senator Bruce Starr’s strong record supporting education in Oregon, Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) and the Democratic Party of Oregon have sent a mailer to thousands of voters that are … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in 2014 Election, Education, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 11 Comments

Sara Gelser’s 9 year political career: a steady decline in education spending

Oregon Senate Republicans Betsy Close fought for $150 million increase to Gelser’s school budget Albany, OR – As a percentage of overall state discretionary spending, classroom spending has declined by almost 3% under Sara Gelser’s (D-Corvallis) watch as State Representative … Continue reading

Posted by at 02:22 | Posted in 2014 Election, Education, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 13 Comments

Vote NO on Ballot Measure 86

Measure 86 authorizes borrowing a maximum of around $4.3 billion in new debt by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon voters will be asked to decide nearly a dozen ballot measures in the November general election. In my opinion, these measures contain … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, State Budget, State Taxes | 16 Comments

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 | 7 Comments

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