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

Rep. Greg Barreto: What drives Oregon business away

Lawmaker profile of State Representative Greg Barreto By Taxpayer Association Oregon OregonWatchdog.com “We need to keep businesses in Oregon,” says Oregon Legislator Greg Barreto. In fact, the major reason he ran for office was his frustration with Measures 66 and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, State Taxes | 7 Comments

Oregon kicker limits what state can spend during flush times

Watch for Dem effort this year to eliminate the personal “kicker” tax refunds by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon taxpayers may receive a pleasant surprise in the form of an income tax “kicker” refund check, in the event that state revenues … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:39 | Posted in 2014 Election, OR 78th Legislative Session, State Budget, State Taxes | 8 Comments

The ever-elusive K-12 school funding in Oregon

by Dan Lucas The Portland Tribune ran an article a couple of days ago on the upcoming Oregon legislative session. It focused on Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) starting his role as chairman of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee. The … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:57 | Posted in Education, Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, PERS, State Budget, State Taxes | 39 Comments

An Oregon Political Parable

by Mike Nearman You’ll get a kick out of this The other day I stopped off at one of my favorite fast food places to grab a bite to eat.  It was getting close to payday and I had to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, State Budget, State Taxes | 33 Comments

Upcoming Legislative Session: Expect carbon tax & attack on kicker

by Sen. Doug Whitsett On the eve of the 2014 election, I had high expectations. I had hoped that the widely predicted national Republican wave would wash over Oregon and result in the kinds of leadership changes so desperately needed … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes | 15 Comments

Oregon Dems’ tax tsunami has started

Oregon Senate Republicans Tax proposals target home mortgages, job training centers, small businesses Salem, OR – The Democrat “Super Majority” is doing little to hide their plans for the 2015 Legislative Session. On Monday, the House Revenue Committee introduced more … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes, Taxes | 17 Comments

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