Gov. Kate Brown approves $190 a year electricity hike

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Oregon Senate Republicans

So-called ‘Coal to Clean’ plan won’t even reduce carbon emissions in Oregon

Salem, Ore. – Senate Republicans issued the following statement on Wednesday following the signing of SB 1547, an expensive new renewable energy mandate, by Governor Kate Brown in Portland: “Today, Governor Brown gave her stamp of approval to a new renewable energy mandate that will cost residential electricity customers in Oregon $190 more each year until 2040,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). Continue reading

Posted by at 08:45 | Posted in Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session | 1 Comment

Oregon Poll: Trump takes lead

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The Hoffman Group & Oregon Family Council released a new poll of 550+ Oregon voters this week showing strong backing for Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Question: The Republican Primary Election for President of the United States were held today, would you vote for John Kasich, Ted Cruz, or Donald Trump?

Donald Trump – 43%
Ted Cruz – 26%
John Kasich – 17%
Undecided – 13% Continue reading

Posted by at 05:38 | Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Who’s winning Oregon’s Presidential $$$ race?

Who’s winning Oregon’s money race?
Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton , Bernie Sanders?

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC
OregonWatchdog

We looked at the total donations and number of donors for each of the Presidential candidates coming from Oregon.  This data is just a large snap shot sample (of the total amounts) with limitations.  Our sample results are very illuminating.

The total Oregon donation shows that Ted Cruz has been effectively working Oregon, almost better than all the Presidential candidates combined.

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Posted by at 04:59 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Full Employment Act of 2016: Dealing with Cheats

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Right From the Start

I like to think of myself as a rational human being. But there are a few things that drive me to irrationality simply by their frequency, duration, and in-your-face public display. In this case we are talking about the abuse of handicapped plates and stickers. (Okay, the other two are Justin Beiber and “the electric slide.”) I have written about this before and will probably write about it again.

There is nothing that drives me nuts more than watching a three-quarter ton pickup that needs a step ladder to enter and exit pull into a handicapped spot at Costco and then watch a twenty-something sprite dressed in cutoffs and a halter leap from the driver’s seat and race in to pick up a couple more cases of beer for “the boyfriend” who is waiting with his speed boat down at the river. It and other abuses are so frequent that I have even stopped people in the parking lot and asked them if they are handicapped. Invariably, there is an embarrassed reply that the car/pickup/van is “owned by John’s uncle or Sarah’s grandmother, or Bill’s cousin – none of whom are ever present or being transported. Or there is the belligerent response – “none of your effing business” – usually delivered by some hulk who looks like an interior lineman gone to seed. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Government Abuse, Liberalism, Portland, Progressivism, Satire | 5 Comments

Taxpayer Endorsement: Alley, Richardson, Carpenter

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC
OregonWatchdog.com

The Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC is endorsing these statewide candidates:

Oregon Governor: Allen Alley
Oregon Secretary of State: Dennis Richardson
United States Senate: Sam Carpenter Continue reading

Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Today is last day to register to vote in Oregon Primary

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Oregon Ballot

by NW Spotlight

KATU is reporting the “deadline for Oregonians to register to vote or change your political party online is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Any registration cards must be postmarked by Tuesday.”

KATU further notes “People can also take care of registration at their local county elections offices, and many are open until 5 p.m.” and that “Oregon has closed party elections, meaning if you want to vote for a particular president, candidate, governor or any other partisan office, you have to choose that political party. Unaffiliated voters cannot vote in Democratic or Republican primary races – only on issues or other non-partisan offices.” Continue reading

Posted by at 06:54 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Voting | Leave a comment

Flexibility Is Key: The Next Generation of Parental Choice Solutions

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Families in five states now have access to a special program called Educational Savings Accounts.

Educational Savings Accounts, or ESAs, allow parents to take money the state otherwise would spend on their children in the public system and put it on a restricted use debit card. Parents can spend this money on a wide variety of approved educational options, including private school, individual tutoring, online classes, and other services. Any money not used is rolled over for parents to spend in the future.

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice surveyed Arizona families to see how they are choosing to spend the resources allocated for their kids. The survey found that more than a third of participating families used ESAs for multiple educational purposes, not just private school tuition. It also found that families saved a significant amount of their ESA money for future expenses. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Takeaways on the Tubman decision

tubmanbillBy Jason Williams
Taxpayer Association of Oregon
OregonWatchdog

– Why it’s good, how they bungled it, banning $100 bills? Candidates complaints, more…

Deciding to place Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill is a solid choice for a worthy heroic woman of history. So worthy that she deserved better than the bungling that led to the decision.

Deciding in advance that the replacement was only reserved for a woman only makes it seem like she didn’t win on merits alone – that would have been a better accomplishment for Tubman who deserves to win on merits alone! Furthermore, why does the Treasure Secretary get to be the only person who gets to decide? He’s already lined up scores of changes to our currency with little public input. If you want America to be involved why not invite our elected lawmakers as opposed to press announcements that most of America had no idea was occurring. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:56 | Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Oregon’s poor performance on 2016 Federal Child Welfare Review

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Oregon House Republicans

Child Welfare System Did Not Meet National Standards In Any Of 14 Areas Assessed

Salem, Ore. – On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Oregon Department of Human Services Director Clyde Saiki informed members of the Legislature of Oregon’s performance on the 2016 Federal Child Welfare Review (CFSR). The review, which states receive approximately every six years, seeks to assess the overall ability of the child welfare system to serve and protect vulnerable children.

The results from Oregon’s most recent report were very poor, with the state failing to meet national standards in 14 out of 14 assessed areas. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:59 | Posted in Children, Health & Human Services, State Government | 3 Comments

Report: State employee salaries rising while K-12 underfunded

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Oregon Senate Republicans

LFO Report Reveals State Employee Salaries Rising While K-12 Education Budget Remains Underfunded

Salem, Ore. – Last week, Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) reported the average cost for a state employee in 2015, including salary and benefits, totaled $7,417 per month or $89,004 per year.

Private sector employees earned an average salary of $47,766 in 2015.

On average, Oregon state workers receive over $8,000 more per year in salary than private sector employees, the report reveals. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:52 | Posted in Education, PERS, Public Employee Unions, State Budget | 3 Comments

Are Oregon public employees becoming a privileged class?

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett

Last September, my office and the Senate Republican Caucus asked the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) to determine both the average and median compensation for Oregon state employees. Completing the task appeared to be a great deal more labor intensive than we had anticipated.

The agencies were able to provide the requested information in early February. Last week, the Legislative Fiscal Office published their findings in its Budget Information Brief/2016-4.

Their Brief states that in 2015, the average compensation for state employees was just over $89,000. About $56,000 was paid in salary, and another $33,000 was paid in employee benefits such as retirement, medical insurance and other payroll expenses (OPE). The cost of the benefit package and OPE computes to nearly 60 percent of the average salary. Hourly compensation averaged just under $43/hour. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes | 15 Comments

Why Not John Kasich?

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

Back in July of 2015, OregonCatalyst asked a group of us to rank the Republican presidential candidates based on a) their likelihood of winning the Republican nomination and b) their likelihood of winning the general election. For those who want to wade back into history to check my abilities as a prognosticator, don’t bother, I was terrible. I had Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) at the top and Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) near the bottom. In my defense, it was a prediction of their likely success and not a preference as to who I thought would make a great president – the two are seldom the same. At the same time I prepared a list of four who I thought would make a great president – Carly Fiorina, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Gov. Walker. With the exception of Mr. Rubio who allowed himself to be suckered into channeling Don Rickles, the others remain eminently qualified to be a great president. (As Mr. Rubio descended into the ranks of those who assumed that the path to success was to eviscerate your opponents through personal attacks – the Clintons’ “politics of personal destruction” he lost his credibility. He also demonstrated that his sense of humor leans toward humiliation of others rather than self-deprecation – the former being a trait of President Barack Obama that disqualifies him as any type of leader.) Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, IRS Scandal, John Kasich, Leadership, Obamacare, Preident Bill Clinton, President Obama, Ted Cruz | 31 Comments

Call for repeal of LCFS hidden gas tax ahead of 2017 Transportation Package

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Oregon Senate Republicans

Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, the Oregon Senate Republican Leadership Team sent a letter to Governor Kate brown urging her to protect struggling Oregonians by repealing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard before passing a transportation package in the 2017 legislative session.

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) released the following statement:

“Senate Republicans are committed to working across the aisle to reduce carbon and fix our ailing transportation system, but we are also committed to protecting hard working Oregonians. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:25 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes, Transportation | 12 Comments

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