American Forest Resource Council
Olympia, WA – During a ceremony held this week in Forks, Washington, the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) congratulated the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the completion of a land plan for the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF).
“DNR is among the most responsible forest land managers in the world. AFRC’s members and all of Washington State’s citizens will benefit from the good work, based on sound science, contained in this plan for the management of the OESF,” said Travis Joseph, AFRC President. “This plan will help assure a predictable supply of raw material to our members and a dependable stream of revenues to the counties for hospitals, libraries, fire districts and other local services, as well as for public school construction.” Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
The compounding financial debacle within the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) is one of the most persistent and vexing problems facing Oregon lawmakers. Oregon taxpayers now owe about $22 billion more money to Oregon public employees than PERS has saved to pay for their promised retirement benefits. That taxpayer debt computes to about $5,400 for each person currently residing in Oregon.
The PERS Board recently released information on the rate increases for the 2017-19 biennium. Most public employers are faced with paying between four and five percent higher payroll costs just to help fund the PERS shortfall. The additional annual contribution to PERS will increase by about $885 million. That is above and beyond what the public employers are already paying and will amount to about $2,500 for a public employee earning a salary of $4,000 per month. Continue reading
Colm for Congress
Salem, OR — On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016 (HR 5063). This legislation ensures that money acquired by the Department of Justice for settling cases will go to the victims harmed by bad actors or to the general treasury where it could be used help pay down the debt or boost our military.
Instead, the Obama administration has been directing this money to progressive activist groups to spend promoting whatever they want. This takes the benefit away from the victims and everyday Oregonians and transfers it to career liberal activists who are well connected in Washington D.C. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The first day for ballots to be mailed in Oregon for the Tuesday, November 8th general election is in eight days, on Wednesday, October 19th. Then, according to the Oregon Secretary of State’s web site, “Ballots will be mailed between Oct. 19 and Oct. 25.”
The Oregon Voter’s Guide (Military/Overseas Voters’ Guide) is already available online.
One week from today – Tuesday, October 18th – is the last day to register to vote in the general election. (in Oregon you can register to vote online).
The election is in 28 days, but in Oregon voting will begin as soon as ballots start arriving late next week and will continue up through November 8th.
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 Oregon newspapers, many people are falling for this argument.
Apparently none of the letter writers have ever watched a legislative appropriations hearing. These are the meetings where a tiny group of senior politicians sit in a back room and decide how to spend billions of dollars. I’ve watched hundreds of such hearings, and the most predictable outcome is that politicians will spend money in front of them on whatever they want.
Let’s just take a simple example. Oregon was one of 44 states that sued the tobacco industry in the mid-1990s to recover the health care costs associated with smoking. Plaintiffs claimed that the tobacco industry had long been imposing uncompensated costs on states in the form of health care for smokers who became sick from use of the product. Continue reading
Posted in 2016 Election, Children, Economy, Education, Government Spending, Initiative & Referendum, Measure 97, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes
Tagged Measure 97
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
One of the more contentious issues during the first presidential debate was how the candidates portrayed the state of the U.S. economy. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton depicted a nation undergoing solid economic growth, on the cusp of breaking out into a full-scale expansion. Republican Donald Trump warned of an immense economic bubble that is poised to burst and result in a severe economic recession.
Both assured those outcomes will occur sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, the available economic data suggests that the Trump prediction is most likely to take place.
The erosion of the American middle class is measurable. Continue reading
Evon Tekorius for State Representative
(Oregon City, OR) This week in the race for House District 40 Mark Meek was caught in yet another campaign scandal by fabricating a false questionnaire answer from Evon Tekorius. This new situation comes on the heels of Meek’s staffer being charged for illegally taping Evon.
Evon’s official statement:
I want to thank the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce for hosting an informative candidate forum last night. The event had a great turnout and was a perfect opportunity for neighbors and small businesses to learn the differences between my opponent and myself on major issues such as taxes.
As a community leader and mother, I am deeply troubled and concerned about something my opponent, Mark Meek said and cannot go silent. Mark Meek falsely accused me of being discriminatory against the LGBTQ community on a survey. I was totally taken aback, had no idea what he was talking about and he then produced a piece of paper stating it as fact. When I looked at the paper it said “OR Family Council – supports exemptions for purpose of faith and conscience.” It was NOT a copy of a questionnaire that I filled out. Nor was it my answer to a questionnaire. Continue reading