Equal Outcome Is the Wrong Goal

By John A. Charles, Jr. In Governor Kitzhaber’s final inaugural address last week, he focused on the themes of equality and community. Specifically, he wants to reduce the gap between rich and poor. He also believes that only through collective action … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Economy, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Leadership, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Progressivism, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , | 16 Comments

Governor’s budget based on dubious assumptions

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Earlier this week, Representative Whitsett and I were among Oregon’s 60 state representatives and 30 state senators participating in a two-day organizational session in preparation for the 78th Legislative Assembly. Newly elected and re-elected legislators took … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:13 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, State Budget | 11 Comments

Oregon kicker limits what state can spend during flush times

Watch for Dem effort this year to eliminate the personal “kicker” tax refunds by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon taxpayers may receive a pleasant surprise in the form of an income tax “kicker” refund check, in the event that state revenues … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:39 | Posted in 2014 Election, OR 78th Legislative Session, State Budget, State Taxes | 8 Comments

The ever-elusive K-12 school funding in Oregon

by Dan Lucas The Portland Tribune ran an article a couple of days ago on the upcoming Oregon legislative session. It focused on Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) starting his role as chairman of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee. The … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:57 | Posted in Education, Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, PERS, State Budget, State Taxes | 39 Comments

Feds buying off states with money that increases debt

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Our nation’s founders were more apprehensive about creating an all-powerful central government than they were fearful of intervention by foreign states. For that reason, they created a federalist Constitution designed to check and balance the powers … Continue reading

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

An Oregon Political Parable

by Mike Nearman You’ll get a kick out of this The other day I stopped off at one of my favorite fast food places to grab a bite to eat.  It was getting close to payday and I had to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, State Budget, State Taxes | 33 Comments

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

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