When Is a Health Care Tax Not a Tax?

By Steve Buckstein Oregon state legislators who voted for you to pay higher health insurance premiums and higher hospital costs don’t want you to think you’ll be paying more because they raised taxes. In their words, they aren’t raising taxes … Continue reading

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The Johnson Games

Representative Mark Johnson recently announced that he would be resigning from his position as State Representative in order to take up the job of President and CEO of Oregon Business and Industry, the new business organization formed when Associated Oregon … Continue reading

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Taxpayer Association backs Ontario Sales Tax Referendum Petition

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Ontario voters are reviving democracy by launching a referendum repeal petition campaign to stop the newly passed Ontario sales tax.  They are called Stop Ontario Sales Tax. In September, the Ontario politicians quickly voted to … Continue reading

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Stop Healthcare Tax Petition makes ballot, breaks record!

STOP HEALTHCARE TAXES CHIEF PETITIONERS SUCCESSFULLY QUALIFY REFERENDUM Petition submission qualifies over 82,000 signatures with a record-setting 85.43% validity rate for January ballot SALEM, OR. — Today, the Stop Healthcare Taxes Referendum 301 chief petitioners qualified 82,312 signatures with a … Continue reading

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Central Oregon Union Leader Accused of Attempted Church Break-In

By Northwest Spotlight As first reported by The Bulletin, Yajnesa “Yaju” Dharmarajah, is being accused of allegedly attempting to break into the Westside Church in Bend, Oregon. According the Bend paper: Police found Yajnesa “Yaju” Dharmarajah, 43, outside the church … Continue reading

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“Shuffling” Is for Playing Cards, Not School Kids

By Kathryn Hickok Portland Public Schools is redrawing the boundaries of more than a dozen schools and reassigning 5,000 students, ten percent of its enrollment. According to The Oregonian: “To make sure no school ends up understaffed or overcrowded, students … Continue reading

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Whose Money Is Your Oregon Kicker Refund?

By Steve Buckstein and Kathryn Hickok State economists have confirmed that individual Oregon income taxpayers will receive kicker refunds next year. Based on the May revenue forecast, more than $463 million will be returned to taxpayers as a credit on … Continue reading

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Knute vs. The “Anti-Knutes”

With the announcement from Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer that she would not be seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Oregon we are getting a better idea of what the 2018 field is going to look like.  With DeRemer’s … Continue reading

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Immigration Part 3: Could it be too much of a Good Thing?

Warlike Walloons, Japanese and Poles by Wim de Vriend History relates many cases of incompatible combinations of interests, be they economic or ethnic or religious or linguistic, that precipitated serious civic strife and chaos inside some unlucky country.  Civic strife … Continue reading

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Lori Chavez-DeRemer: I’m not running for governor in 2018

By Lori Chavez-DeRemer Oregon needs and deserves great leadership. As Mayor of Happy Valley, I’ve experienced those challenges firsthand. It was my deep desire to provide a positive voice and have an impact on the future of Oregon that lead … Continue reading

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WSJ notes Walden on Equifax

By Jason Williams Taxpayer Association of Oregon Wall Street Journal Editorial “Hypocrisy and Hacking“, 10/6/17 mentioned Oregon Congressman Greg Walden’s remark on Equifax.  Good article, good comments. Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith faced understandable bipartisan fury on Capitol Hill this … Continue reading

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Reagan Rightly Canned the Fairness Doctrine, Don’t Let Trump Resurrect It

Throughout his Presidency, Ronald Reagan maintained a message of freedom. Religious, Economic, and Political freedoms are enshrined in our Constitution and are necessary and all rely on each other. The federal government has been heavily scrutinized (and rightly so) in … Continue reading

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Too Late to Fix PERS by Fooling Oregonians

By Scott Shepard Governor Kate Brown’s task force, assigned to find ways to cut Oregon’s yawning unfunded PERS pension liability, is approaching its November 1 reporting deadline. Governor Brown is relatively new at her job, so perhaps she can be … Continue reading

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Petition power! 84,000 want a say on Health Care Tax

Photo Left: Lindsay Berschauer, State Representative Julie Parrish, field director Michelle Miller  and State Representative Cedric Hayden pose next to 84,367 signatures gathered in less than 100 days! By Taxpayer Association of Oregon A big achievement in citizen power and … Continue reading

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How the Supreme Court Could Change Oregon Politics Forever

The Supreme Court’s current docket has a number of interesting cases, but there are two in particular that could cause a seismic shift in the landscape of Oregon politics.  Now I am not saying that Oregon is going to instantly … Continue reading

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Senator Linthicum: How government power corrupts

Dennis Linthicum Oregon State Senate 28 This week I am in Washington, D.C. I, like yourselves have been shocked and horrified by the evil that was committed in Las Vegas a couple of days ago. However, I will not deal … Continue reading

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Tonight: GOP Chair, OFIR founder, plus McIntire Tribute

Oregon Executive Club Speaker Series Wed. Oct 4 at 7:00pm Portland Airport Shilo Inn, 11707 NE Airport Way –Event is free, $20 dinner option offered at event We are staring the evening with tributes to the late Don McInitre, co-founder … Continue reading

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Timber Conservation and Oregon’s Constitution Shouldn’t Be at Odds

By Lydia White Last week the Idaho Department of State Lands and the U.S. Forest Service signed ten agreements to allow logging and restoration on federal forest land, including land managed to benefit Idaho public schools by means of the … Continue reading

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Immigration Part 2: Absurd philosophies and immigration

by Wim de Vriend So the simple answer to Eric Shierman’s question was that yes, you can have too much of a ‘good thing’, and that applies to immigration as well.  And if someone’s “free-market, limited-government worldview” causes him to … Continue reading

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Gov. Brown conjures up massive Carbon Tax plan

Governor Kate Brown and certain lawmakers begin drafting a large cap-and-trade carbon tax plan. By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation, Governor Brown is at it again. In the works is another new, monstrous tax. A new $600 million dollar per … Continue reading

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