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

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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

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Measure 97: A $30 Billion Gamble Oregon Voters Shouldn’t Make

By Steve Buckstein The massive gross receipts tax Measure 97 on Oregon’s November ballot (previously known as Initiative Petition 28) is guaranteed to suck more than three billion dollars a year out of the productive private sector and deposit them … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Initiative & Referendum, IP28, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 19 Comments

Cascade Policy Institute Opposes Measure 97, the “Sales Tax on Steroids”

August 8, 2016  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute’s Board of Directors has voted to oppose Measure 97, the 2.5 percent gross receipts tax on C corporations with Oregon sales above $25 million. It would be the … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, IP28, Measure 97, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 31 Comments

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

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Taxpayers Association endorses Colm Willis for Congress

Colm Willis for Congress Taxpayers Association of Oregon picks Willis to take on Schrader Stayton, OR — Yesterday, the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, a prominent taxpayer watchdog group in the state of Oregon, endorsed Colm Willis in the Republican primary … Continue reading

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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

Enjoy the illusion that you’re not really paying taxes, when you cash that expensive refund check

By Steve Buckstein Are you happy getting three extra days to file your income tax returns this year? For nearly eighty percent of us, it doesn’t matter much because we are expecting refunds. No check writing for us. Why? Because … Continue reading

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How Much of the Year Do Your Taxes Cost?

By Kathryn Hickok If every penny earned since the beginning of the year went to pay federal, state, and local taxes, Americans would have to work until the middle of April just to cover their tax bills. Tax Freedom Day … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Spending, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 33 Comments

WES at 7: Still a Financial Train Wreck

By John A. Charles, Jr. February marks the seven-year anniversary of the Westside Express Service (WES), the 15-mile commuter rail line that runs from Wilsonville to Beaverton. While the train’s owner, TriMet, promotes WES as a transit success story, the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Oregon Government, Political Correctness, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Taxes, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

BETC scandal highlights bigger problems in state government

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Governments often attempt to impose their social and political doctrines by using public funds to influence investment behavior. One method of choice is issuing tax credits that encourage and induce speculation in ventures that free market … Continue reading

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New Transportation Funding Bill: Going Nowhere FAST

By John A. Charles, Jr. Earlier this month, Congress passed H.R. 22, a five-year transportation funding bill known as Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST. Under the terms of FAST, the federal Highway Trust Fund will take in about $208 billion … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 14 Comments

Revisiting Republican Congressional Campaign Commitments (3rd Edition)

This is the second update to a column I wrote in April of this year and updated in July. It will also be the last because nothing has changed. Nothing is likely to change and the thought of revisiting the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Congress, Foreign Relations, Government Waste, Illegal Immigration, Leadership, Obamacare, Paul Ryan, Taxes | 8 Comments

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