The Road to Success Travels Through 3rd Grade Reading

By Kathryn Hickok

Denisha Merriweather failed third grade twice. Today, she is finishing her master’s degree, thanks to Florida’s tax-credit-funded scholarship program. Denisha was President Trump’s guest at his Address to Congress Feb. 28, where he called educational choice “the civil rights issue of our time.”

The key to Denisha’s success was her godmother’s ability to remove Denisha from a school that was failing her, and to send her to the school that provided her with the support she needed. Continue reading

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OPB Podcast: The State of the Oregon GOP

By Reagan Knopp

Despite any reservations you may have about OPB, I personally recommend this fascinating discussion by the OPB Politics Now crew. It was worth my time. It’s hosted by Geoff Norcross alongside OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and news director Anna Griffin.

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Taxpayer Assoc. testifies against slashing mortgage interest deduction

Taxpayer Association of Oregon testifies against bill to cut mortgage interest deduction

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

The Taxpayer Association of Oregon testified in the Oregon Human Services and Housing Committee hearing against HB 2006 on March 9. This bill would make major changes to the deductibility of mortgage interest, which has been a staple of government efforts to reduce the cost of home ownership for decades. If passed, HB 2006 would completely eliminate deductions of mortgage interest on non-owner-occupied properties (i.e. vacation homes, some business properties, mother-in-law condos and the like). In addition, the bill eliminates the mortgage interest deduction on an Oregonian’s primary residence for individuals who report Adjusted Gross Income of more than $100,000, and joint filers with AGI of $200,000 or more. Continue reading

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Trump Never Meant to Repeal Obamacare

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By Eric Shierman

Donald Trump ran on Obama’s 2008 healthcare plan. What became the Affordable Care Act was actually Hillary Clinton’s 2008 plan. So both presidents have campaigned against this law, both presidents largely came to accept it, and both presidents’ approach to healthcare has been remarkably similar so far.

Like Obama, Trump has long supported a single payer system. He touted it in his 2000 book The America We Deserve. In the August 6, 2015 GOP debate in Cleveland, Trump explicitly defended a complete government takeover of the healthcare sector, saying to a Republican audience “it works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland.” His opponents were quick to jump on that, especially Rand Paul. Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Motor Voter

Whether you love it or hate it the Motor Voter program is the new reality in Oregon politics.  So in an effort to better understand the political effects of the program let’s dig into some of the statistics.

For those of you unfamiliar with the program,  Motor Voter is the program that automatically registers Oregonians to vote when they apply for or renew a driver’s permit, license, or ID card in the state.  The idea is that because those interactions provide the State with all the information that would be necessary to register a voter, they should automatically do so in order to enfranchise more voter and keep voter registration as up to date as possible. Continue reading

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Hillsboro Senator Wants to Take Old Oregon Gift Card Balances for Schools

By Reagan Knopp

Oregon State Senator Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) has an idea. In Senate Bill 113, Riley wants the Oregon Department of Stand Lands to declare the remaining balances of gift cards over five years old as “unclaimed property”. The Department would take possession of the remaining balance and deposit the money in their unclaimed property fund.

The unclaimed property fund is held by the Department indefinitely and does allow owners to reclaim their property or money with proof of ownership. Until claimed, the Department invests the funds and gives the return to Oregon schools.

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HB 2006 chips away at mortgage interest deduction

Lawmakers float property tax bill by removing mortgage interest deduction for non-owner occupied homes.

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

House Bill 2006 is set for a hearing today in the House Human Services and Housing Committee.   House Bill 2006 would strip away the mortgage interest deduction for all non-owner occupied homes.   This would be a colossal tax on people with second homes and rental property.  Ironically, politicians wish to make life more affordable for renters while simultaneously skyrocketing the property taxes of the rental property.    It is a tax death spiral and a compounding of thoughtless short sighted policy making. Continue reading

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Draining the Swamp Ain’t Easy

Right From the Start

In an area just southwest of Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona maintains Biosphere 2.  It is an attempt by man to create a self-sustaining closed ecosystem.  While not perfect, it has largely succeeded with little adjustments necessary to maintain its closed system.  In addition to its ongoing scientific experiments, it has become a significant tourist attraction for the curious.  On the surface it is quiet, peaceful and virtually movement free.  But beneath the surface it is a swarm of activity that but for the glass walls would go unnoticed.  Like an ant farm, the windows permit the observers to witness these activities while leaving the flora and fauna undisturbed and unaware.  The ability to observe these activities is what differentiates it from swamps.

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Oregonian headline among the most biased

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

I have not seen such a biased headline in a long time as I have seen today with the front page alarm “Poor to be hit the hardest”.     It headlines with a political opinion and then has the nerve to mention early in the article that “state officials are still examining the details”.    This is also a disservice to Oregon’s Greg Walden who is there on the Oregonian front cover trying to fix a serious failure in our health care system.
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Income tax increase for homeowner’s bill up today

Income tax increase for homeowner’s bill up today — House Bill 2771

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon,

This afternoon the House Revenue Committee will be hearing an income tax increase bill for homeowners House Bill 2771.  House Bill 2771 phases out allowances of itemized deductions for homeowners. This bill raises taxes on any homeowners who earns more than $50,000. For higher income earners this bill eliminates entirely one’s deduction for property taxes. This is a steep income tax tax increase for most Oregon homeowners. Continue reading

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Former Candidate: National Popular Vote Compact is Unconstiutional

By Dan Laschober

Before the ink had dried on the Electoral College votes which elected Donald Trump as our 45th president, the chattering class was aflutter over the idea of enacting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV). In Groundhog Day (the movie) fashion, legislators across the country have drafted bills to enlist their states in the NPV folly. While I applaud those who want to educate the public, and I’m happy to debate its merits, I consider the NPV approach a bad idea in search of a problem. More importantly, this interstate compact is unconstitutional. Continue reading

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Could Rob Patridge Be Named U.S. Attorney for Oregon?

Chair of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge, announced his resignation from both positions today. This adds fuel to previous rumors that he is being considered by the Trump Administration for the job of U.S. Attorney for Oregon.

Patridge served three terms as State Representative from Medford has been General Counsel and District Director for U.S. Congressman Greg Walden. Walden is Oregon’s ranking Republican, who is typically consulted by the administration on picks of this nature.

Thank you to Nathan for the tip.

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Free Speech & Unionism Debate at Willamette University

The following event is sponsored by the Freedom Foundation, American Constitution Society for Law And Policy, and The Federalist Society.

Is public employees’ free speech protected?

After the U.S. Supreme Court 4-4 split in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, 136 S. Ct. 1083 (2016) two questions remain unsettled in labor law. Continue reading

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