Making Youth Unemployment Worse

–The unintended negative effects of raising minimum wage rates By Randall Pozdena and Steve Buckstein President-elect Donald Trump has nominated the CEO of one of the nation’s largest fast food chains to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor. The food preparation … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs, Oregon Government, Portland, Right-to-Work, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Help the Working Poor Adam Smith’s Way

By Steve Buckstein This year’s May Day activities in Portland centered on promoting “workers’ rights” and “resistance to capitalism.” Unfortunately, too few critics of capitalism seem to realize that many of the workers they seek to help are being kept … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Jobs, Oregon Government, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged | 23 Comments

Will Oregon Price the Least-Skilled out of the Workforce…Too Slowly?

By Steve Buckstein As Oregon’s February legislative session approaches, Governor Kate Brown wants to head off a contentious minimum wage ballot measure that would raise Oregon’s rate up to $15 per hour over three years. But, her plan seems to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kate Brown, Jobs, Labor, Oregon Government, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 34 Comments

Give Every Oregon Employer a Personalized Minimum Wage

By Steve Buckstein Union-backed and activist groups are trying to put measures on the November 2016 ballot to raise Oregon’s minimum wage from the current $9.25 to either $13.50 or $15, and to allow local governments such as the city … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Initiative & Referendum, Jobs, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Progressivism, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

That “old technocratic central planning impulse” is alive and well in Oregon

By Steve Buckstein One of the most memorable and talked about lines from the November 10th Republican presidential debate came from Senator Marco Rubio, who said, “For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Economy, Education, Employment, Federal Government, Oregon Government, Progressivism, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

New/Old Thoughts on Welfare

Every now and then the Oregonian, perhaps unwittingly, produces an article that should set Americans thinking about changing the status quo. This past weekend was one of those instances. In the September 6, 2015 edition, Joseph Rose wrote an article … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Food Stamps, Government reform, Government Waste, Individual Responsiblity, Labor, President Obama, Progressivism, Unemployment | 23 Comments

Hard Questions About Oregon’s Employment Picture

Last week the Oregonian published an article on the declining labor force participation rate in Oregon. Well it wasn’t actually an article – it was a rewrite of the Oregon Department of Employment’s press release right down to the pretext … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Jobs, Leadership, Oregon Government, Unemployment | 16 Comments

2 in 5 potential US workers do not have a job

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The national employment report for March was both encouraging and misleading. On the positive side, the rate of unemployment held steady at 6.7 percent. The report stated that nearly 200 thousand net new jobs had been … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Food Stamps, Jobs, Unemployment | 12 Comments

Government losing its 50-year “War on Poverty”

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The federal government appears to be losing its fifty-year “War on Poverty”. According to the Heritage Foundation, our nation has spent nearly $21 trillion in inflation corrected dollars to address poverty within our borders during the past … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:52 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Unemployment | 24 Comments

Shutdown means double pay for Oregon federal workers

by Shelby Sebens| Northwest Watchdog How about we send you home and give you twice your normal salary? Sound like a good deal? In Oregon, about 1,300 federal workers will get double the pay for time off during the 16-day partial … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:32 | Posted in Federal Budget, Federal Government, Unemployment | 17 Comments

Economic Recovery Slowed by Presidential Ineptness

“You can’t just march in and make that argument and then have him [President Barack Obama] making a decision because he doesn’t know what he’s deciding.”  “We are Home Alone. There’s no adult in charge. Clinton would never have made … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Leadership, Obamacare, President Obama, Public Employee Unions, Unemployment | 4,405 Comments

Welfare over work: too close to the precipice

Sen. Doug Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls) Gail and I hope that everyone enjoyed a pleasant and safe Labor Day weekend. The national holiday was created to celebrate the social and economic achievements of America’s workforce. It is the ability and the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Jobs, Unemployment | 4,738 Comments

10 reasons for Detroit’s historic failures

by Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org The city of Detroit declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Thursday, making it the largest city in American history to go through the municipal bankruptcy process. On Friday, a judge ruled that filing unconstitutional, but as the city sorts out … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:21 | Posted in Bailout, Economy, Government Spending, Unemployment | 1,767 Comments

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