By John A. Charles, Jr.
For members of the Portland City Council, the end always justifies the means.
Their current obsession is energy use in commercial buildings. On April 15 the Council likely will approve a regulation to require the owners of such buildings to: (1) monitor energy consumption; (2) calculate an “energy use intensity” score; and (3) file annual reports with the city.
Advocates claim that this will be good for building owners. It will give them information they would never get without prodding by bureaucrats, and provide market recognition for high-performing buildings. Continue reading
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By Jason Williams
It does not matter who you support for President to appreciate any candidate who is actively trying to avoid the political mistakes of the past. For a brief moment look at performance (not politics or policy) to see how Rand Paul is running his campaign and you will pick up some useful tactical tools that can be used in other campaigns – like Oregon. I will also include in this article other presidential candidates who also share the same campaign strengths in a particular area. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) & Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) are pushing a bill that will close a loophole for Oregon marijuana users looking to buy firearms.
The bill, SB 941, will expand background checks required for most personal sales of firearms. The bill requires people selling a gun to go to a gun dealer and request a background check on the person they want to sell the gun to. As part of that background check, the person wanting to buy the gun will fill out ATF Form 4473. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
We’re used to Oregon Democrats having grandiose ideas and being utterly incompetent at implementing those ideas – much to the detriment of taxpayers. Think Columbia River Crossing where $200M was spent and NO BRIDGE WAS EVER BUILT or the complete disaster of the now-scrapped Cover Oregon where $310M was spent and NOT ONE OREGONIAN WAS EVER ABLE TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE ONLINE.
Now comes SB 941 – the unnecessary bill expanding background checks for almost all private firearms sales. It’s payoff for all the Bloomberg money dumped in Oregon’s 2014 elections and it’s been the obsession of Sen. Ginny Burdick (D) and Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D) for the last several sessions. They claim it will make Oregon safer, and yet when the Legislative Fiscal Office came out with their fiscal impact for the bill this week they are conceding that this proposed law would only result in 1.5 to 3 people going to prison a year! Continue reading
House bill 2398: Kitzhaber ghost returns with 16% business tax
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
The ghost of Kitzhaber has returned to the Oregon State Capitol with a bill he is chief sponsor of which would increase the cost of doing business in Oregon. House Bill 2398 increases rate of the corporate excise tax by 16%. House Bill 2398 is up for a hearing on Tuesday in the House Revenue Committee.
Kitzhaber’s taxes are a thing of Oregon legend as the ex-Governor once confessed “That he had more tax increases, proposals I ought to say, than any other governor in Oregon”. Continue reading