I’m already paying for enough people’s college

by Dan Lucas In his recent State of the Union Address, President Obama talked about making college affordable for every American. He really got my hopes up when he said “But now, we’ve actually got to cut the cost of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bernie Sanders, Education, Federal Budget, President Obama, State Taxes | 8 Comments

BETC scandal highlights bigger problems in state government

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Governments often attempt to impose their social and political doctrines by using public funds to influence investment behavior. One method of choice is issuing tax credits that encourage and induce speculation in ventures that free market … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government corruption, Government Waste, State Taxes, Taxes | 2 Comments

Dark underbelly of Oregon revenue forecast

by Dan Lucas On Wednesday the State of Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis released the final quarterly Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast for 2015. The opening paragraphs of the executive summary of the forecast contain these hopeful signs: “Full employment … Continue reading

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Proposed new business taxes to pay for huge state worker payroll increases

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Over the past several months, representatives of Governor Kate Brown and the progressive liberal Democrat Party majority have been quietly discussing new labor contracts with the State’s public employee unions. Not surprisingly, these labor negotiations, with … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Initiative & Referendum, Public Employee Unions, State Taxes, Voting | 10 Comments

Assaulting “Corporate Profits” Will Hit Average Oregonians

By Steve Buckstein A union-backed group is planning to put an initiative on Oregon’s 2016 General Election ballot that would result in the largest tax increase in Oregon history. Designed to tax sales of large corporations doing business in Oregon, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes | Tagged , , | 32 Comments

Is TriMet Better Off Than Greece?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Syndicated financial writer Malcolm Berko recently advised a small investor to stay away from Greek bonds or securities. He wrote, “Greece has morphed into a bureaucratic five-star welfare state; but in reality, Greece is a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, TriMet, Unions | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Senate Republicans decry Democrat abuse of Corporate Kicker

Oregon schools won’t get $79.1 million from Kicker as mandated by Oregon Constitution Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, OR – Following a release from left-wing activist group Our Oregon, Senate Republicans drew attention to an abuse of Oregon’s corporate kicker system: … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Budget, State Taxes | 3 Comments

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