Proposed Tobacco Tax Increase Will Simply Encourage More Smuggling

By John A. Charles, Jr. State legislatures across the country have piled on the tobacco taxes over the past decade. Not surprisingly, this has created a growing problem of tobacco smuggling. As the tax rate rises, it encourages people to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Smoking Bans, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

Let your voices be heard on 6 bills targeting ‘kicker’ refund

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The income tax kicker is Oregon’s only spending limitation Oregon’s March economic and revenue forecast was released last week. The forecast predicts that the state will receive enough revenue, during the remainder of this budget cycle, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, State Taxes | 10 Comments

Oregon Senate Dems pass underhanded, hidden gas tax

But wait, it gets worse! The way they did it means Oregonians won’t be able to put it on the ballot, this was something being pushed by Cylvia Hayes, it puts Oregon’s real transportation needs in jeopardy, and the “green … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Global Warming, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes | 19 Comments

It’s time for facts on Low Carbon Fuel Standards

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) The low carbon standard is nothing more than a fuel tax Last week the focus was mostly on the Governor and his problems.  I said we should let the process work, only to find afterwards … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes | 14 Comments

Graphics expose Low Carbon Fuel Scheme

These two graphics show problems of Low Carbon Fuel Scheme By Taxpayer Association of Oregon OregonWatchdog.com

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in State Taxes, Taxes | 46 Comments

Legislative update: No shortage of bad ideas

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon lawmakers were sworn in to office two weeks ago. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to read through some of the more than 9,000 pages of proposed legislation that have thus far been … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Taxes | 1 Comment

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

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