Minimum Wage Follies

By Steve Buckstein Fourteen bills have been introduced in the Oregon legislature to raise Oregon’s already high minimum wage or let localities do so. Apparently, some legislators believe that political laws can override the laws of economics. In this case, … Continue reading

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Don’t Steal the Kicker

By Steve Buckstein Would you like to pay $284 less in Oregon personal income tax next year? That’s what the average taxpayer may save if Oregon’s constitutional kicker law is allowed to take effect. The kicker law requires that if … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Spending, Oregon Government, Oregon House, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Dems continue to circumvent Oregon Constitution to raise taxes

They truly believe that there is no limit to the good that they can do with other peoples’ money by Sen. Doug Whitsett Despite having nearly $2 billion more in revenue than ever before, members of Oregon’s majority political party … Continue reading

Posted by at 02:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Budget, State Taxes | 8 Comments

Caution: Avoid ‘irrational exuberance’ over revenue forecast

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan famously used the phrase “irrational exuberance” in 1996 to describe conditions in which the stock market becomes overvalued. His comments came a few years before the crash of the dot-com … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, State Budget | 3 Comments

What the Oregon Dem majority still needs to accomplish

by Dan Lucas 1 in 4 Oregonians is on Medicaid, the government health care payment system for the poor. That does not include older Oregonians who are on Medicare. Additionally, 1 in 6 Oregonians is on food stamps. Last November … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, State Budget, Transportation | 19 Comments

Oregon Dems put political agenda ahead of K-12 funding

Oregon Senate Republicans Democrats raid K-12 education, rejecting intent of voters to spend corporate kicker on Oregon students Salem, OR – Senate Democrats are undermining the will of Oregon voters by refusing to spend the corporate kicker on K-12 education, … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:13 | Posted in Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 6 Comments

Oregon facing $3 billion budget crisis next biennium (2017-19)?

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) The big news this week was the revenue forecast, which is up an additional $463 million. This means there is an additional $1.75 billion in this budget cycle. On the front end we should keep … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:49 | Posted in Government Spending, Obamacare, OR 78th Legislative Session, PERS, State Budget | 9 Comments

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