Rep. Knute Buehler: Oregonians looking for leadership on Ethics Reform

Posted by at 10:04 | Posted in Ethics, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government | 5 Comments

SB 941 closes marijuana-user gun purchase loophole


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

Posted by at 12:57 | Posted in Gun Control, Marijuana, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 9 Comments

Anti-gun SB 941: More feel-good Dem incompetence


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

Posted by at 10:48 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, OR 78th Legislative Session | 1 Comment

Kitzhaber ghost returns with 16% business tax hike

dog-logo-stampHouse 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

Posted by at 07:53 | Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Financial disarray left by Kitzhaber’s grandiose healthcare reform plans

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett

The remarkably rapid and very public fall from grace of former Governor John Kitzhaber has been well-documented.

Also well-detailed is the spectacular failure of his Cover Oregon portal to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Nearly $300 million of public federal funds were obtained at his request and “invested” to create the website insurance portal. That operation failed to operate in its entirety and was officially discontinued, scrapped by the State because it was allegedly not even repairable. Oregon is now faced with spending at least an additional $62 million to convert to the Kentucky portal system. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Gov. Kitzhaber, Health Care Reform, Oregon Health Authority | 1 Comment

Feds still struggle to care for Oregon veterans

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Willamette University College of Law Federalist Society

Despite last year’s well publicized VA scandal, the federal government continues to provide our nation’s veterans with inadequate access to healthcare. Veterans – in many cases as a result of being tragically overinsured – are left to navigate a confusing patchwork of government medical coverage plans which can limit their ability to see a doctor. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Veterans | 3 Comments

Sen. Girod: Spending Limits prevent budget blowouts

girodspendlimitState Senator Fred Girod: Spending limit bill would limit the growth of state government
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation

State Senator Fred Girod has sponsored a spending limit bill (SB 866) that would limit the growth of government. SB 866 would limit appropriations for general governmental purposes to the lesser of the percentage increase in projected (1) personal income, (2) population growth plus inflation, or (3) gross domestic product.

“This is what some of the states are using to control growth,” said Senator Girod. “By having a defined growth, when we have a down session we could also build up our reserve funds. We just have a really bad tendency to spend all the money that we get. This would put some curbs on how fast we could expand.” Continue reading

Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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