Oregon’s tax kicker law is important

by Richard Leonetti The Oregonian recently had an editorial about eliminating the Kicker (“Waiting for the income tax kicker to kick” Sarasohn 2/12/14) – I think they mis-characterize the entire purpose of the law. To gloss over the Kicker as mere … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in State Budget, State Taxes | 13 Comments

Government Complicity in Tobacco Related Health Problems

Cigarettes are back in the news.  A variety of cities and states are contemplating banning e-cigarettes indoors.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reported to have found trace carcinogens in e-cigarettes and is contemplating action.  (California has considered banning … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Leadership, State Taxes, Taxes | 9 Comments

Tina Kotek goes to Hollywood

by NW Spotlight Yet another legal way for Dems to use our tax dollars to fund their campaigns During this year’s regular legislative session, House Speaker Tina Kotek (D) voted for more Oregon tax breaks for Hollywood – increasing the … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, OR 77th Legislative Session, State Taxes | 704 Comments

Is Oregon ready for a sales tax?

by Dan Lucas As I’ve noted before, state spending in Oregon doubled in ten years, growing from $30 billion to $60 billion. The Oregon All Funds budget doubled from the budget ending in 2001 to the budget ending in 2011. The … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:36 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 77th Legislative Session, State Taxes | 364 Comments

Like it or not, Grand Bargain is now Oregon law

by Sen. Doug Whitsett (R- Klamath Falls) The three day special legislative session called by Governor John Kitzhaber concluded Wednesday with the passage of five bills. I voted in favor of four of those bills including: · SB 891 further reduced the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 77th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, PERS, State Taxes | 1,053 Comments

Courting Senior Citizens

Oregon’s economy continues to founder.  Nearly 151,0000 private sector jobs were lost from the beginning of the Bush/Obama recession to its nadir – a period of twenty-six months.  Nearly 66,000 of those jobs remain unrecovered forty months later and that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Green Energy, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, State Taxes | 729 Comments

Another green energy company in the red

by NW Spotlight The Oregonian reported this week that Portland’s troubled SoloPower is defaulting on a $10 million state loan. SoloPower joins other troubled green energy companies in Oregon like SolarWorld in Hillsboro, with $41.9 million in tax credits, and … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:47 | Posted in Green Energy, State Taxes | 685 Comments

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