By William Newell
Before people make financial decisions, most seek out information in order to make better choices. But according to a recent report by the Cato Institute, when Oregon voters are tasked with making financial decisions about K-12 education, they are hard-pressed to find the information they need, let alone interpret what is available.
The report, entitled Cracking the Books, measures financial transparency in K-12 education throughout the nation. In the study, Oregon performed dismally, earning an “F-” and ranking 44th. New Mexico and South Dakota took the top two spots, receiving the only “A’s” for their transparency efforts. Only seven states scored higher than a “C+”. Our West Coast neighbors Washington and California performed well and were rewarded with a “B” and “B-,” respectively.
by Britt Storkson
Political conditions today are similar to those of about 100 years ago that spawned the Sherman Anti-trust act, passed in 1890. Back then private industries formed monopolies to restrict supplies of goods and services to artificially drive up prices to benefit the producers at the expense of consumers while laissez-faire government looked the other way.
Now instead of private enterprises creating the monopolies governments create, maintain and protect these monopolies at the direction of and for the benefit of private individuals. A monopoly isn’t illegal if the government makes it…A la the U.S. Postal service. All it takes is giving enough money to enough politicians to make it happen. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The Medford Mail Tribune is reporting that Republican Dave Dotterrer plans to challenge Democrat Alan Bates of Medford for the state senate seat in District 3. Dotterrer only lost by 282 votes in the last race in 2010.
“Dotterrer told the Mail Tribune that he plans to make his official announcement on Sept. 12, the first day candidates can file with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office for the November 2014 general election.”
Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day)
Republicans have relentlessly pushed for greater PERS reforms that add back teachers and reduce class sizes in schools throughout Oregon. We are ready to pass stand-alone PERS reforms in a special session on September 30th because we believe it is the right thing to do. The arguments for greater reforms are clear and compelling on their own, without complicating the issue.
If Democrats insist on turning PERS into a complex political negotiation, we are willing to talk about their proposals, as long as their revenue increases include tax cuts and certainty for small businesses. We have continued to communicate with the Governor our interest in finding a way to make further PERS reforms and our willingness to work with Democrats to make that a reality. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The Bend Bulletin is reporting that state Rep. Jason Conger (R-Bend) is considering a run for the U.S. Senate – against Democrat Jeff Merkley.
Last month, Jo Rae Perkins of Albany – the former GOP chair in Linn County – announced that she was running for U.S. Senate for the seat held by Jeff Merkley.
by Dan Lucas
John Prine has a classic lyric in his 1971 song Sam Stone that “There’s a hole in daddy’s arm where all the money goes,” a reference to an addicted veteran spending all his money on heroin.
On Tuesday The Oregonian reported “Despite a nearly $1 billion bump in state education funding, the story hasn’t changed much for schools as they welcomed students on the first day of school Tuesday. Few districts in Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties were able to add back anything, unless voters passed a local option levy or bond measure. The additional state money, instead, lessened the severity of cuts, superintendents said.” Continue reading