ODOT’s fiscal cliff explained

Sen Doug Whitsett

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

Posted by at 05:33 | Posted in State Budget, State Taxes, Transportation | 3 Comments

The Brits Got it Right on Brexit

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

On Tuesday morning, July 5, fifty-two percent of the Brits gave a quiet fist pump and issued a silent “YES” that they, in fact, got it right when they voted to exit the European Union.  There was probably another substantial percentage of those browbeat by the politicians and press into voting against Brexit for fear of being branded racists or anti-Islamic that joined in that collective sigh of relief.

You see, shortly before the Brexit vote, European officials had voted yet another $8.4 Billion bailout for Greece.

That came one short year after they had authorized a $95 Billion bailout for Greece.  All of this despite the fact that Greece juggled its books to give the appearance of financial stability as a condition for admission to the European Union and the other members looked the other way because increasing the size of the European Union was more important than adhering to the financial requirements.  And despite the fact that Greece has repeatedly promised economic reforms that they have repeatedly failed to produce. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bailout, Brexit, European Union, Welfare State | 1 Comment

Who will Trump pick for VP?

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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

Posted by at 06:15 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election | 7 Comments

Deadline: Help Voter Privacy & No Fake Emergency petitions

emg-nofake-piechart-toonBy 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

Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Executive Club – IP28 Tax on Sales Measure

ip28Executive 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

Posted by at 04:50 | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

“When in the Course of Human Events…”

CascadeNewLogo—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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government Overreach, Individual Responsiblity | Tagged | 16 Comments

Use SB 856 (2015) to protect Oregon children from harmful OHA and ODE agendas

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by Chris Bridgens

Oregon Senate Bill 856 (2015) should be used to expose and stop the abusive, unsafe and unhealthy cultural agenda promoted and supported by the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education (ODE)

After years of ‘blurring the lines’ between Oregon education and Oregon health care, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), partnering with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), has been incrementally activating an adult cultural agenda of sexually grooming and normalizing no-boundaries sexual behavior for youth.

This is being perpetrated through School Based Health Centers, Comprehensive Sexuality Education and through the recently canceled annual Adolescent Sexuality Conference in Seaside, Oregon. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Health Authority | Leave a comment

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