Budget Woes: Using the Wrong End of the Stick

  There are a variety of explanations to the term “wrong end of the stick.” Some say it originated with holding the small end of a walking stick rendering its purpose virtually useless. Others suggest that it refers to an … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Debt Ceiling, Federal Budget, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Accountability, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, State Budget | 1 Comment

Esquivel: Knute Buehler is the Leader Oregon Needs

By Representative Sal Esquivel My friend and colleague Knute Buehler has a well-deserved reputation for having an independent-streak and achieving bipartisan results in the Oregon House. As Knute frequently says, he likes to look beyond the narrow labels that too … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Republican Party, Republican Party | 2 Comments

Knute Buehler Announces Run for Governor

By Knute for Governor Press Release, I love Oregon – its natural beauty, sometimes quirky culture and our generous, independent-minded people. And while Oregon has a proud legacy, under Kate Brown, Oregon is falling behind and too many Oregonians have … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:30 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2018 Republican Governor Primary Poll Results

From June 9th to June 18th, Oregon Catalyst conducted an online poll of 500, self-identified Republican voters. The goal of this poll was to see how Republican voters currently feel about the gubernatorial primary election that occurs in May of … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:35 | Posted in 2018 Election, Dennis Richardson, Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Republican Party, Poll | 1 Comment

Governor signs HB2777 and my fare gets inspected

Something remarkable happened this week. For the first time ever, a conductor on the WES asked to see my TriMet fare. I rode this commuter rail line for the first time five years ago and wrote about it for the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon House, Public Transportation, TriMet | Tagged | 3 Comments

The Real State of Employment in Oregon

A recent article in The Oregonian reported that Portland (apparently for The Oregonian that is all there is in the state) was reaching “full employment” and that economic growth will now slow down.  Well The Oregonian did not so much … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bush/Obama Recession, Economy, Employment, Fake News, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Jobs, Media, Media Bais, Poverty, President Obama | 1 Comment

“Facing Reality” Report Offers Solutions to Governor Brown’s $1.7 Billion Budget Hole Without Raising Taxes

PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute and Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation jointly released a new report Wednesday, entitled Facing Reality: Suggestions to balance Oregon’s budget without raising taxes. The report offers practical solutions to fill Governor Kate Brown’s estimated $1.7 … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Spending, Government Waste, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Leadership, Obamacare, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Tax Reform, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HB 2320: Should the Law Require Life Jackets?

  By Eric Shierman There is a bill sitting in the Oregon House Committee on Transportation Policy that will, among other things, mandate wearing life jackets on nonmotorized boats. Last week I challenged you to dwell a bit on your … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:45 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, OR 79th Legislative Session | Leave a comment

Kate Brown’s Math Problem

By John A. Charles, Jr. For the past 18 months, the Oregon Land Board has been working to sell the Elliott State Forest. The decision to seek buyers was based on the fact that the Elliott is losing money, and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, State Government, State Treasurer | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

BREAKING: Governor Brown’s Chief of Staff resigns amid ethics scandal

After reports of an undisclosed conflict of interest involving Governor Kate Brown’s chief of staff, Kristen Leonard, the Governor announced today that Leonard has resigned. Gov. Kate Brown announces chief of staff’s abrupt departure after WW reports on potential conflicts of interest. … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:57 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Scandals | Leave a comment

Knopp, Buehler decline legislative pay increase

By Oregon Senate Republicans SALEM- State Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Central Oregon, and state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, announced today they are declining the governor’s unilaterally directed 2.75 percent legislative salary increase. “Establishment politicians have said Oregon has a budget crisis. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government Spending, Government Waste, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Added Trouble for PERS

What is an annuity cash flow calculator?  What is the net present value of a stream of income?  Why are the public employee unions so concerned about it?  Okay, if you were forced to endure a teachers union led education … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government Abuse, Government corruption, PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Taxes | Leave a comment

Oregon braces for tax tsunami

Oregon Senate Republicans SALEM-Despite the overwhelmingly rejection of Measure 97 and the availability of $1.3 billion in new revenue next biennium, an 8.3 percent increase from 2015 to 2017, the Democrat-controlled House and Senate Revenue Committees have introduced over a … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:38 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Senate, State Taxes | Leave a comment

Budgetary games loom on the horizon in Oregon

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Last week, Governor Brown released her recommended budget for the upcoming 2017-19 biennium. During a press conference held at her ceremonial office at the state capitol in Salem, Brown made remarks outlining her budget priorities. She … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:44 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, State Budget, State Taxes | Leave a comment

Gov. Kate Brown refuses to address PERS crisis

Oregon Senate Republicans SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown threw ice-cold water on the idea of addressing Oregon’s critical pension crisis at the annual Oregon Leadership Summit, which has met since 2002 to facilitate honest and collaborative conversations. Senate Minority Leader … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:43 | Posted in Education, Gov. Kate Brown, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | Leave a comment

Rep. Mike McLane: Oregon’s unsustainable rate of spending

Rep. Mike McLane Statement from House Republican Leader Mike McLane regarding Governor Brown’s proposed budget Salem, Ore. – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement regarding Governor Kate Brown’s proposed budget: “My disappointment with regards to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon House, State Budget | Leave a comment

Bringing accountability and transparency to Salem

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Governor Kate Brown pledged to increase transparency and accountability in Oregon state government after she took office in early 2015 following Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation under a cloud of ethics challenges related to alleged influence peddling. … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:28 | Posted in Corruption, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

Poll: Brown, Pierce locked in tight battle for Oregon governor

Clout Research A new Clout Research telephone poll of likely General Election voters shows the race for governor of Oregon very close, with incumbent Democrat Kate Brown leading Republican challenger Bud Pierce, 45% to 43%. The survey showed three other … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber | Leave a comment

PERS – And Then She Cried

In a recent report before a joint meeting of the Oregon Investment Council and the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Board it was revealed that the unfunded future liability of PERS is estimated at $22 Billion – an amount … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Corruption, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Kulongoski, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Government corruption, Government reform, Leadership, Metro, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government | Leave a comment

Sen. Alan Olsen calls for action on Department of Energy audit

by Sen. Alan Olsen Salem, Ore. – Last week, the Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight discussed a recent audit of the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program. The first independent audit of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:59 | Posted in Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, Oregon Secretary of State, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

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