Like a Sales Tax on Steroids

By Steve Buckstein Now that the massive Gross Receipts Tax measure IP 28 will be on Oregon’s November ballot, we likely will see many estimates of its impact on the state economy. An economic research center at Portland State University … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, IP28, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , | 8 Comments

ODOT’s fiscal cliff explained

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon has been spent into a monumental, multi-agency, multi-billion dollar budgetary hole during the past several legislative sessions. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is among the state agencies facing the worst financial challenges for the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:33 | Posted in State Budget, State Taxes, Transportation | 3 Comments

If Gambling Is a Problem, Who Is Responsible?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said she opposes the addition of any more casinos because “even a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Health & Human Services, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon Lottery, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

A Sales Tax by Any Other Name

By Steve Buckstein Public employee union backers of Initiative Petition 28 appear to have turned in more than enough signatures to place their 2.5 percent corporate gross receipts tax on Oregon’s November ballot. While the unions portray their measure as … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

IP 28 will result in over 20,000 lost Oregon jobs, higher prices

Oregon Senate Republicans IP28’s Regressive Tax Would Have Devastating Effect on Oregon’s Economy Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, the Oregon Senate Interim Committee on Finance and Revenue heard a report on the potential effects of Initiative Petition 28, a ballot measure … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:04 | Posted in Jobs, Public Employee Unions, State Taxes | 4 Comments

Who Profits from Gambling?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said, “even a single additional casino is likely to lead to significant … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Government, Oregon Lottery, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 3 Comments

Are Oregon public employees becoming a privileged class?

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Last September, my office and the Senate Republican Caucus asked the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) to determine both the average and median compensation for Oregon state employees. Completing the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes | 15 Comments

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