When to and not to tax bicycles

The Oregon Senate passed HB2017 yesterday. Some of the most important projects like the widening of Highway 217 didn’t make it into the final bill, but for the most part, this was a good piece of legislation. Unless you’re an … Continue reading

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The Man Behind the Tree

Over the past year, Oregon Democrats have perfected a technique of unprincipled politics that was poetically captured in a March 1932 Collier’s Weekly article titled “Tax Everyone But Me” which included an astute observation of American progressive politics: At the … Continue reading

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“Facing Reality” Report Offers Solutions to Governor Brown’s $1.7 Billion Budget Hole Without Raising Taxes

PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute and Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation jointly released a new report Wednesday, entitled Facing Reality: Suggestions to balance Oregon’s budget without raising taxes. The report offers practical solutions to fill Governor Kate Brown’s estimated $1.7 … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Leadership, Obamacare, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Tax Reform, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oregon legislative GOP reacts to Measure 97 redux

by NW Spotlight On Tuesday, the Portland Tribune ran a story headlined “Measure 97 proponents unveil new corporate sales tax proposal,” reporting that the “Coalition that offered [Measure 97] wants lawmakers to tax biggest corporations, health care.” Republicans in the … Continue reading

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Added Trouble for PERS

What is an annuity cash flow calculator?  What is the net present value of a stream of income?  Why are the public employee unions so concerned about it?  Okay, if you were forced to endure a teachers union led education … Continue reading

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Oregon braces for tax tsunami

Oregon Senate Republicans SALEM-Despite the overwhelmingly rejection of Measure 97 and the availability of $1.3 billion in new revenue next biennium, an 8.3 percent increase from 2015 to 2017, the Democrat-controlled House and Senate Revenue Committees have introduced over a … Continue reading

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Budgetary games loom on the horizon in Oregon

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Last week, Governor Brown released her recommended budget for the upcoming 2017-19 biennium. During a press conference held at her ceremonial office at the state capitol in Salem, Brown made remarks outlining her budget priorities. She … Continue reading

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Oregon legislative GOP leaders on Nov revenue forecast

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli House Republican Leader McLane, Deputy Leader Barreto Senator Ted Ferrioli Responds to November Revenue Forecast Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) responded to this week’s November revenue forecast update with the … Continue reading

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Power Is the Narcotic of Choice for Politicians

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon’s free-market research center, Cascade Policy Institute, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner party on October 20 at the Tualatin County Club. Since its founding in 1991, Cascade has emerged as a leading … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Energy, Environment, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Measure 97, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Transparency | Tagged | Leave a comment

Does Oregon Rank Dead Last in Corporate Taxes? NO

By Steve Buckstein Trying to sell voters on the largest tax increase in Oregon history, Measure 97 proponents claim that “Oregon ranks dead last in corporate taxes.” But the nation’s leading independent tax policy research organization, The Tax Foundation, says this claim is misleading. It … Continue reading

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Measure 97 and the Mirage of School Funding

By John A. Charles, Jr. Proponents of Measure 97 have consistently claimed that if the measure passes, it will generate an additional $3 billion annually for public education and other social services. Judging from the comments I’ve read in various … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Children, Economy, Education, Government Spending, Initiative & Referendum, Measure 97, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Measure 97 jeopardizes Bend’s progress

by Rep. Knute Buehler and Dino Vendetti Bend and Central Oregon are growing. With easy access to all forms of outdoor recreation, good local schools, expanding higher-education opportunities at the OSU-Cascades campus and direct-flight connections to key cities, Bend and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:47 | Posted in Economy, Education, Jobs, Measure 97, State Taxes | 18 Comments

Voters should ask why we need Measure 97 tax increases

by Dan Lucas Oregon’s Measure 97 will significantly increase the amount of tax revenue for the state. It is projected by the state’s Legislative Revenue Office to generate $6 billion in tax revenues per biennial budget cycle. That’s a lot … Continue reading

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Measure 97: A $30 Billion Gamble Oregon Voters Shouldn’t Make

By Steve Buckstein The massive gross receipts tax Measure 97 on Oregon’s November ballot (previously known as Initiative Petition 28) is guaranteed to suck more than three billion dollars a year out of the productive private sector and deposit them … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Initiative & Referendum, IP28, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 19 Comments

Oregon state tax collections at historical high

by Dan Lucas In response to a query from state Sen. Doug Whitsett, Oregon Legislative Revenue Officer Paul Warner replied on August 18, 2016, that it was safe to say that Oregon’s total state tax collections are at a historical … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Measure 97, State Budget, State Taxes | 10 Comments

BETCs, Biofuels and Boondoggles

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregonians have endured unending cries from proponents of big government for more than a decade, claiming the State must have more revenue to run its operations. Those constant pleas, combined with Democrat dominance of both the … Continue reading

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Cascade Policy Institute Opposes Measure 97, the “Sales Tax on Steroids”

August 8, 2016  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute’s Board of Directors has voted to oppose Measure 97, the 2.5 percent gross receipts tax on C corporations with Oregon sales above $25 million. It would be the … Continue reading

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Oregon GOP legislative leaders on Gov. Brown’s Measure 97 support

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli House Republican Leader Mike McLane Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) released the following statement in response to Governor Kate Brown’s endorsement of Measure 97 (also known as Initiative Petition 28): … Continue reading

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Bud Pierce reacts to Kate Brown’s support of IP-28/Measure 97

Bud Pierce for Governor Salem, OR – Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bud Pierce is disappointed, but not surprised that Gov. Kate Brown is supporting the largest sales tax increase in Oregon’s history, Measure 97, formerly called IP-28. “The choice is clear. … Continue reading

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Will huge new Measure 97 (IP 28) taxes be ‘for the kids’?

by NW Spotlight The public employee unions behind Oregon’s Measure 97 (IP 28) say that the $3 billion per year in new taxes will go “to better fund Oregon’s schools, health care and senior services.” Those new taxes will be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:19 | Posted in Measure 97, State Taxes | 26 Comments

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