Sen. Boquist: Upcoming blackouts, gas car sales ban, more

By Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist,
Highlights, excerpts from Sen. Boquist newsletter

– Oregon electric companies are already seeing increased power with the government using the current fires as an excuse to shut off random Oregonians’ power for unknown amounts of time, saying it will “lessen” fire damage. All the while, Democrats are ignoring the ways to actually prevent fire, such as clearing forests, which is how the impeccable forests look in wealthy Sisters, Oregon. Oregon politicians are setting the state up to follow in the footsteps of California with rolling blackouts, but Oregon is vastly different than its neighbor to the south. Trying to make the two states operate the same will only end in disaster for hard working Oregonians. Meanwhile, California is trying to pretend like it “avoided” blackouts in the latest heatwave, but if Newsom didn’t have his eye on the presidency, this likely would not be a storyline.

– Sen. Thatcher on 4 ways to stem the crime wave. National media lays out Oregon’s crime disaster.

– Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is being dumped by the Portland fire and police unions.

– Oregon DEQ aims to follow California’s rule and stop the sale of gas cars by an arbitrary date. Car manufacturers are investing in electric vehicles (EVs) because they know the government will bail them out if/when this environmental money grab goes south. Oregon does not have the infrastructure to support all EVs. Furthermore, people with EVs must not value their time. It takes HOURS to “charge” one.

– Notice how there is little to no coverage of the Cedar Creek fire, which is in the Oakridge area, compared to the coverage in 2020? Fire isn’t glamorous like it was then. The grassfire in South Salem was an excellent example of how the media will do anything for clicks, as it pretended like multiple fire crews could not put out the fire and prepared people for evacuations. All of the drama presented itself as the government (and its MSM mouthpiece) showing off how it spent taxpayer dollars after the 2020 blazes across the state by investing in a texting alert system. Dandy!

– Oregon Universal Health Care task force issues draft report. The draft plan envisions that the new income tax would cost less overall than Oregonians now pay in total for health care insurance, although the numbers remain fuzzy. The draft recommendation said households in the new system would pay $9.7 billion a year in new income taxes, businesses would pay $12.3 billion a year in new payroll taxes, and the federal government would provide $33.7 billion a year in Medicaid, Medicare and other funding. The total would be $57 billion a year. The additional personal income tax to fund the new system would range from zero to 8.2%, depending on the taxpayer’s income. The additional employer payroll tax rate would be 7.25% or 10.5%, depending on wage structure. The state would have to create a new state agency to run the system.

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