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Monthly archives for May, 2010

After tax hike, decreasing revenue has left Oregon with $563 million budget deficit

After tax hike, decreasing revenue has left Oregon with $563 million budget deficit

You mean raising taxes and driving businesses out of the state actually made revenues DECREASE? *Head slap* Who could see THAT one coming? When will they ever learn their lesson? From the Oregonian: Shock waves from the recession continue to wreak havoc in Oregon, punching a big hole in the state budget and prompting Gov. […]

Oregon’s spending problem drives up deficits as Dems propose more tax increases

Oregon’s spending problem drives up deficits as Dems propose more tax increases

Tax and spend.  Spend and tax.  Oregon Democrats once again flaunt their ignorance of the basic principles of economics. They passed Measures 66 & 67, which has driven away taxpaying businesses and jobs for taxpaying employees.   Now they wonder why their revenues are down, why schools are facing serious budget shortfalls, and why essential services […]

New Portland Police Chief: “We’re peacekeepers, not law enforcement”

New Portland Police Chief: “We’re peacekeepers, not law enforcement”

Now they’re emasculating our police force! “I believe we are peacekeepers, not law enforcement, and that’s my goal.” Why doesn’t he just come out and say, “Attention criminals, our ‘peacekeepers’ will no longer be using lethal force against you, so have a nice day (and please, pretty please, don’t shoot)!” If you want to know […]

Envirostatists introduce “Carbon Challenge” game to indoctrinate Oregon middle schoolers

Envirostatists introduce “Carbon Challenge” game to indoctrinate Oregon middle schoolers

“Players make decisions about GHG-emitting behaviors and consider how to budget a fair share of “carbon emissions”.  What exactly do they consider your “fair share”?  Whatever the government decides??? Western Institute for Study of the Environment Commentary reports: Propagandizing your kids with your tax dollars, courtesy Oregon State University Note the following authentic email (names […]

Oregon drops 14 places in annual “Best and Worst States for Business 2010″

Oregon drops 14 places in annual “Best and Worst States for Business 2010″

We can thank Measures 66 & 67 for this year’s plumment in our state’s business climate. From the Oregon House Republicans: “In Chief Executive’s annual survey of best and worst states for business, conducted in late January of this year, 651 CEOs across the U.S. again gave Texas top honors, closely followed by North Carolina, […]

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    The post Penalties for BNSF After 14 Hazardous Spills appeared first on Washington State Wire.
  • House Dems: Raise $1.5 Billion with Taxes, But Drop Inslee Polluter Plan March 27, 2015
    House Democrats propose to raise $1.5 billion in new revenue over the next two years to pay for education and social service spending. A capital-gains tax is included in their budget plan — but not the governor’s proposed tax on big carbon polluters. The post House Dems: Raise $1.5 Billion with Taxes, But Drop Inslee […]
  • WaBA: An Opportunity to Strengthen I-937 March 27, 2015
    I-937 has been a landmark success, boosting solar and wind electricity. It’s important we make any changes carefully. Senate Bill 5735 gives us a good start by including Carbon Reduction Investments, in transportation for example, which is our biggest carbon pollution source. The post WaBA: An Opportunity to Strengthen I-937 appeared first on Washington State […]
  • Top 3 International Stories to Watch Today: Yemen, Iraq & Nigeria March 26, 2015
    1) As Houthi rebels continued to gain ground in Yemen this week, Saudi Arabia has decided to step in. The Saudis began “Operation Decisive Storm,” with 150,000 soldiers and a series of air attacks to drive back the Houthis from their positions. Iran has condemned the attacks. The turmoil inside Yemen could lead to great […]
  • Top International Stories to Watch Today: Denmark, Israel & Tunisia March 23, 2015
    1) After Denmark announced plans to add radar capability to some of its warships and participate in NATO’s missile shield, Russia made specific threats to target Danish ships. The missile shield is not directed as Russia but at other nuclear threats like Iran. Russia says the move is damaging to Russian-Danish relations and says it will carry out […]
  • Top International Stories to Watch Today: Syria, Pakistan & Germany March 18, 2015
    1) The U.S. reiterated that they are looking for a solution in Syria that will not include Assad (after Sec. of State Kerry said the opposite earlier this week). Syria claims they have downed a U.S. drone (that the U.S. admits is missing) for spying in an area where there are no ISIS militants.   […]
  • Senators: Spies May Have Intercepted Hillary Emails March 28, 2015
    There are growing concerns that Hillary Clinton's decision to use a private email server to conduct State Department business may have allowed foreign spies to access her correspondence, according to the chairmen of three major Senate national security oversight committees.
  • Gods and Man at the Fall of Rome March 28, 2015
    In 394, a river in Slovenia bore witness to a clash of civilizations. On one side stood a rebel army bearing statutes of Jupiter and Hercules. On the other stood the forces of Emperor Theodosius, bearing the standard of Christ. Battle commenced. Theodosius smashed the would-be usurpers, aided by a miraculous wind that conveniently threw […]
  • Criminal Justice Reform Movement Gaining Momentum March 27, 2015
    Looking out over the lunch crowd packed into a Marriott hotel ballroom in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, David Simon, the creator of The Wire, must have felt a touch of the surreal.
  • Federal Transit Inequities, Part 2 March 27, 2015
    A few weeks ago, the Antiplanner presented data showing that the distribution of federal transit dollars to urban areas was highly uneven, ranging from 26 cents per transit rider to $2.17 per transit rider. The main factor that appeared to make a difference was whether the urban area was building expensive new rail transit lines. […]
  • Self-Driving from San Francisco to New York March 26, 2015
    A self-driving car traveling from San Francisco to New York is about half-way through its journey, having reached Ft. Worth, Texas yesterday. The car is an Audi, but its self-driving electronics have been designed by Delphi, an auto supply company. Like Continental and Bosch, Delphi has been developing its own self-driving hardware and software. This […]
  • Withholding Funds to Improve Transit March 25, 2015
    The Washington Metro rail system is falling apart. Should local governments (which are responsible for most operations and maintenance costs) “key their payments to a certain number of problem-free rush hours, say 10 or so to start, before the payment is made?” a Washington Post reader asks Dr. Gridlock. “Maybe then they would be forced […]