by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Oregon has been spent into a monumental, multi-agency, multi-billion dollar budgetary hole during the past several legislative sessions. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is among the state agencies facing the worst financial challenges for the 2017-19 biennium and beyond. Most of the agency’s financial woes are the result of legislative and agency management decisions made over the past dozen years.
The lion’s share of ODOT’s state highway division funding is raised by the fuel and weight-per-mile taxes, as well as certain vehicle license and registration fees. That highway fund revenue is constitutionally dedicated to the maintenance, preservation and construction of Oregon highways and bridges.
ODOT’s budget has traditionally been done on a pay-as-you-go basis. Prior to 2002, the agency was not authorized to spend more revenue than it collected during each budget cycle. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The Hill is reporting today “It’s decision time for Donald Trump and for the potential vice presidential candidates considering whether to hitch their political futures to his renegade campaign.”
The Hill goes on to note that Trump “has said he plans to announce his running mate at the GOP convention in Cleveland later this month. It would be the first time in nearly 20 years that a vice president was unveiled in the middle of a convention,” giving Trump “at most about two weeks to wrap-up the vetting process, secure his candidate, and become comfortable with a running mate.” Continue reading
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
The petition to protect your privacy as a voter (IP 50) and the petition to stop politicians from using “Fake Emergencies” (which block voter’s ability to vote on their bad laws) need your help in the final days.
This petition drive is extremely close may come down to a few hundred signatures. Your help is greatly needed and you don’t even need to leave your home. Continue reading
Executive Club Speaker Series!
7:00 pm • Wed. July 6th • Portland Airport Shilo Inn
Rebecca Tweed & John Tapogna
Rebecca Tweed is the Campaign Coordinator for Defeat The Tax On Oregon Sales, the official statewide coalition of Oregon consumers, taxpayers, small and large businesses, associations and organizations who have joined together to oppose IP28, the $6 billion tax on Oregon sales proposed for the 2016 state ballot.
John Tapogna is President of ECONorthwest, the largest economic consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest. John’s areas of expertise are in education, healthcare, human service, and tax policy. In education, he has directed evaluations of dropout prevention programs, the impacts of small class sizes, and the efficacy of small schools for clients like the Oregon Business Council, the Chalkboard Project, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, John was an analyst with the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Continue reading
—A Declaration That Never Goes out of Style
By Steve Buckstein
Two hundred and forty years ago this July 4, the world was gifted with one of the most significant political documents ever written. It began with these words:
“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…”
Thomas Jefferson authored the Declaration of Independence to set out the reasons for the American people to “dissolve the political bands which have connected them” with Great Britain.
The Declaration also boldly stated: Continue reading