Review of Oregon’s Department of Energy

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight was created by Senate President Courtney (D-Salem) and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) partially in response to a request by a group of Republican lawmakers who had … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Government Waste, Green Energy, State Government | 3 Comments

If Gambling Is a Problem, Who Is Responsible?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said she opposes the addition of any more casinos because “even a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Education, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Health & Human Services, Leadership, Oregon Government, Oregon Lottery, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Oregon’s anti-business administration

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Oregon Legislative Assembly maintained a modicum of equality in political power during the years between the 2010 and the 2014 general elections. During all four of those years, our bipartisan Senate coalition maintained a 15-member … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:31 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, IP28, Oregon Government, State Government | 19 Comments

Get Ready for High-Cost Electricity

By John A. Charles, Jr. During Oregon’s month-long legislative session earlier this year, the big environmental “win” was Senate Bill 1547, a bill that was hatched in secret by two large utilities and a group of environmental activists. The bill promises to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, State Government | Tagged , | 53 Comments

A Sales Tax by Any Other Name

By Steve Buckstein Public employee union backers of Initiative Petition 28 appear to have turned in more than enough signatures to place their 2.5 percent corporate gross receipts tax on Oregon’s November ballot. While the unions portray their measure as … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

Turmoil & mismanagement in Oregon state government

by Sen. Doug Whitsett It is becoming increasingly clear that management problems and funding issues are the “new normal” among Oregon state government agencies. Arguably, as many as a dozen agencies have been suffering from management and funding problems for … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:40 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Oregon Government, Scandals, State Government | 4 Comments

Help the Working Poor Adam Smith’s Way

By Steve Buckstein This year’s May Day activities in Portland centered on promoting “workers’ rights” and “resistance to capitalism.” Unfortunately, too few critics of capitalism seem to realize that many of the workers they seek to help are being kept … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Jobs, Oregon Government, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged | 23 Comments

Who Profits from Gambling?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said, “even a single additional casino is likely to lead to significant … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Government, Oregon Lottery, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 3 Comments

Oregon’s poor performance on 2016 Federal Child Welfare Review

Oregon House Republicans Child Welfare System Did Not Meet National Standards In Any Of 14 Areas Assessed Salem, Ore. – On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Oregon Department of Human Services Director Clyde Saiki informed members of the Legislature of Oregon’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:59 | Posted in Children, Health & Human Services, State Government | 3 Comments

Are Oregon public employees becoming a privileged class?

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Last September, my office and the Senate Republican Caucus asked the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) to determine both the average and median compensation for Oregon state employees. Completing the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in PERS, Public Employee Unions, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes | 15 Comments

How Much of the Year Do Your Taxes Cost?

By Kathryn Hickok If every penny earned since the beginning of the year went to pay federal, state, and local taxes, Americans would have to work until the middle of April just to cover their tax bills. Tax Freedom Day … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Spending, Local Taxes, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 33 Comments

Problems in many state agencies likely to continue under Gov. Kate Brown’s tumultuous administration

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Prior to the start of every Legislative Assembly, the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) releases its State Agency Legislative Contact Directory. This document is very useful for lawmakers, not least because it provides information on how … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:10 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Oregon Government, State Government | 4 Comments

No Fake Emergencies

By Steve Buckstein I’ve written and spoken about the damage that minimum wage laws do, not only to business owners, but to their customers and their younger, less experienced, and less educated workers and potential workers. Normally, bills become law … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government reform, Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Government, State Government, Voting | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Not One Dollar More

By John A. Charles, Jr. The State of Oregon will sell 84,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest by March 2017, in order to make money for public schools. However, the lands will not be auctioned to the highest bidder. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Will Oregon Price the Least-Skilled out of the Workforce…Too Slowly?

By Steve Buckstein As Oregon’s February legislative session approaches, Governor Kate Brown wants to head off a contentious minimum wage ballot measure that would raise Oregon’s rate up to $15 per hour over three years. But, her plan seems to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kate Brown, Jobs, Labor, Oregon Government, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 34 Comments

Give Every Oregon Employer a Personalized Minimum Wage

By Steve Buckstein Union-backed and activist groups are trying to put measures on the November 2016 ballot to raise Oregon’s minimum wage from the current $9.25 to either $13.50 or $15, and to allow local governments such as the city … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Initiative & Referendum, Jobs, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Progressivism, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Rep. Mike Nearman calls for immediate DHS changes

Rep. Mike Nearman Salem, OR – On Tuesday, Representative Mike Nearman (R-Independence) called on Interim Department of Human Services Director Clyde Saiki to replace Public Affairs Director Gene Evans immediately. Rep. Nearman issued the call after learning that Director Evans … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Oregon Government, Oregon House, State Government, Transparency | 1 Comment

State agency rulemakers ignore their own rules

by Sen. Doug Whitsett In past newsletters, I have warned how the controversial Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) threatens to increase costs of energy for poor and working Oregonians, under the guise of protecting the environment. The LCFS was originally … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:36 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Regulation, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, State Government, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

That “old technocratic central planning impulse” is alive and well in Oregon

By Steve Buckstein One of the most memorable and talked about lines from the November 10th Republican presidential debate came from Senator Marco Rubio, who said, “For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Economy, Education, Employment, Federal Government, Oregon Government, Progressivism, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Leiken calls on Gov. Brown, Sec of State Atkins to improve transparency

Sid Leiken (candidate for Oregon Secretary of State) SALEM, Ore.- An audit, released this week by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, shows that Oregon’s public records system is in need of significant improvements. The findings reinforce concerns voiced by … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Government reform, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, State Government, Transparency | 5 Comments

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