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

No Taxes on Family Gifts

Common Sense for Oregon Picture this scenario: the year is 2017. Oregon’s economy has rebounded nicely from the Great Recession. More people are moving into the state, and more people – including business owners, farmers and families – are staying … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in State Taxes, Taxes | 7 Comments

Expatriates on the Rise

Billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump created a political uproar when he declared that: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Abuse, Illegal Immigration, Land Use Laws, President Obama, State Taxes, Taxes | 15 Comments

Am I accountable for the abortions I fund?

by Dan Lucas In the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion. Since that ruling, there have been more than 53 million abortions in the U.S. That’s more lives stopped than the entire population of the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Abortion, Religious Liberty, State Taxes, Taxes | 175 Comments

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