Governor’s ultimatum is not the leadership on PERS reform we need

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by Sen. Larry George

Salem, OR ­– Senator Larry George (R-Sherwood) issued the following statement yesterday morning after a remonstrance on the Senate floor:

“The Governor’s caustic, partisan press release Thursday evening is a disturbing departure from his private statements and the bi-partisan, collaborative tone over the past several weeks. In a private conversation with the Governor on Wednesday, he stated that his proposal was not an ultimatum to paint Republicans into a corner. He stated his proposal was an initial step to break the log-jam on PERS negotiations.

“As a sign of our good faith, we have taken a significant political risk and for more than two months have pushed a detailed and serious revenue package, including tax increases on the wealthy and relief for small business and low income Oregonians. We have relentlessly pursued negotiations with Democrats to find a balance of increased revenue and real PERS reforms. We have done this in a bi-partisan manner, because we believe true PERS reform is essential for the long-term welfare of classrooms and vitality of local services.

“In order for revenue and PERS reform discussions to be successful, two things must happen: Republicans must make hard votes on taxes, Democrats must make hard votes on PERS. Senate conversations on the revenue package are almost complete.

“The reality is that PERS negotiations, where Democrats must be willing to stand up to their political supporters, have resulted in a log-jam. Legislative Democrats are simply saying no. That is not a negotiation.

“We have rejected the temptation to use the absence of real leadership on PERS reform as a political bludgeon, and have instead embraced the opportunity to find true bi-partisan compromise and adopt a solution that empowers Oregon.

“We reject the Governor’s assumption that declining his first offer of a small PERS package is an end to the conversation. In a true negotiation, you make offers, not ultimatums. We believe that though the challenge is great, there is a historic opportunity to truly reform PERS, raise new revenue, give small businesses tax relief, and position Oregon for success and prosperity. We are at the table, awaiting the arrival of the Governor and legislative Democrats.”

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  • guest

    Not surprising, Mr. Kitzhaber seems unable or unwilling to change his ID attending those standing politically with what’s left of Oregon’s fiscal common sensors – for lo, that’s his supporting cast.

    Know if’s and or but’s, until the fiscal compass points the right way or the state goes bankrupt no positive change seem possible. The foxes are in the henhouse, John’s peel halloo, drowsily a rollover to the calling of the Cylvia call back to bed. l

  • WashCoIndependents.com

    I think we all know the real politics here. As soon as the revenue projections came in there was enough additional revenue to reach the co-chairs budget without the need for a tax increase. So a simple majority in both houses is all that’s needed to get out of Dodge.

    The Governor wasn’t being snarky. He was simply stating the politics as of this week. Why would any Democrat vote to cut PERS and vote for a tax increase, when they can simply call it a day?

  • Naminsalem

    With the new revenue forecast, the Dems and the Unions can now ask for higher salaries. PERS reform is old news.

    • guest

      See where TriMet is raising salary hell again.

  • ardbeg

    Oh!Motherof [email protected]!! Will the OC please get out of the cycle of Mondays=PERS (I hate those commie cops/teachers/firemen), Tuesday=climate change is a conspiracy, Wednesday=tax cuts for everyone (it will fix the economy), Thursday=O is a socialist and should be impeached, Friday=liberals are idiots, Saturday/Sunday=guns for everyone, and then repeat Monday-Sunday for eternity!!!!! How about writing a post that’s new and relevant relevant relevant ? This cycle is getting old. What is there “new” to say?

    • guest

      Jockbrit, yer bum’s oot a windae agin! Aye, smells like ye bin sookn too much o’ yer nameslake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardbeg_distillery

      • ardbeg

        Can’t fix stupid, keep drinkin the aid and talking out of an uniformed arse.

        • guest

          An’ imeacht gan teacht ort.

          • ardbeg

            Amada’n

          • guest

            You can tell an ardbeg but you can’t i’m much since seems so in league with 3H and David Appell, eat all.

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