The Other Form of Climate Denial

There are few political epithets that are as marginalizing as being called a “denier,” because that word naturally evokes in our minds the crackpots that deny the Holocaust. It can be inappropriate in a scientific context to marginalize doubters, because true … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Green Energy, Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged | 27 Comments

President Trump’s Tax Reform Proposal Needs Work

Last week President Donald Trump unveiled his tax reform proposal.  It was a broad outline and, as usual, the devil will be in the details.  However, I am encouraged that it is a step in the right direction.  But it … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Tax Reform, Taxes | 1 Comment

No Real Tax Reform Plan Now and Probably Never

Last week Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that the House would take up consideration of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and its replacement right after the latest Congressional recess.  He also noted that once … Continue reading

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Top Democrat Says Coffee Tax Unlikely to Move Forward

By Reagan Knopp After being public for one day, the tax on coffee may already be dead. Willamette Week is reporting that Representative Phil Barnhart (D-Eugene) — Chair of the House Committee on Revenue — has said that a bill taxing … Continue reading

Posted by at 02:18 | Posted in OR 79th Legislative Session, Taxes, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Facing Reality” Report Offers Solutions to Governor Brown’s $1.7 Billion Budget Hole Without Raising Taxes

PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute and Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation jointly released a new report Wednesday, entitled Facing Reality: Suggestions to balance Oregon’s budget without raising taxes. The report offers practical solutions to fill Governor Kate Brown’s estimated $1.7 … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Leadership, Obamacare, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Tax Reform, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Metro Should Dump the Garbage Tax

By Allison Coleman Last month, Portland-area voters approved Ballot Measure 26-178, which imposes a five-year property tax that will generate $80 million dollars for Metro to maintain parks owned by the agency. On the surface, this seems like a wonderful … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Government Spending, Initiative & Referendum, Local Taxes, Metro, Portland Politics, Taxes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Real Tax Reform is Not What the Republicans are Talking About

Remember when the Democrats talked about “tax reform” but they really meant tax increases?  With the election of Donald Trump (R) as President and control of the House of Representatives and Senate still in the hands of the Republicans that … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Donald Trump, Public Employee Unions, Tax Reform, Taxes | Leave a comment

Something’s Rotten in Metro’s Missing Garbage Tax Money

By John A. Charles, Jr. and Allison Coleman Metro is asking for a new tax levy this November (Measure 26-178 on your ballot) despite the fact that it already has sufficient funds to operate all its parks. In 2002, the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Environment, Government reform, Government Spending, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Taxes | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Metro’s $32 Million Broken Promise

— Why You Should Vote Down Metro’s Natural Area Levy By John A. Charles, Jr. and Allison Coleman In 2006, the Metro Council submitted to the voters a general obligation bond measure in the amount of $227.4 million to fund … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Local Taxes, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Taxes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Does Oregon Rank Dead Last in Corporate Taxes? NO

By Steve Buckstein Trying to sell voters on the largest tax increase in Oregon history, Measure 97 proponents claim that “Oregon ranks dead last in corporate taxes.” But the nation’s leading independent tax policy research organization, The Tax Foundation, says this claim is misleading. It … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Initiative & Referendum, Measure 97, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Light Rail to Bridgeport Village: The Dumbest Train Project Yet

By John A. Charles, Jr. TriMet and Metro are promoting the idea of a new light rail line from Portland State University to the Bridgeport Village shopping mall in Tualatin. The question is, who would ride it? We already know … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:30 | Posted in 2016 Election, Initiative & Referendum, Metro, Public Transportation, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged | Leave a comment

Measure 97 and the Mirage of School Funding

By John A. Charles, Jr. Proponents of Measure 97 have consistently claimed that if the measure passes, it will generate an additional $3 billion annually for public education and other social services. Judging from the comments I’ve read in various … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Children, Economy, Education, Government Spending, Initiative & Referendum, Measure 97, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Reminder: Brad Avakian’s history of delinquent taxes

by NW Spotlight Brad Avakian is the current Oregon Labor Commissioner and he’s the Democratic candidate for Oregon Secretary of State. He supports Measure 97 – the largest tax increase in Oregon’s history. Avakian’s also someone who should understand how … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Measure 97, Oregon Secretary of State, State Labor Commissioner, Taxes | Leave a comment

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