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Posts in category Metro

The Greening Of Portland

The Greening Of Portland

About a year and a half ago, then Portland mayor Sammy Adams and his cohorts on the Portland City Council decreed a radical, “green” approach to waste disposal: they sent little plastic slop buckets (made in Canada, naturally) out to virtually every house in the city, and cut garbage pickups to twice a month – […]

Phil Knight, Don’t Read This

Phil Knight, Don’t Read This

The Hillsboro Argus published my guest editorial this past Friday, pointing out that since we’re building free stadiums for sports teams now, we may as well do it for everyone. A few more comments on the article from 5440 readers might be nice. Come take a look! http://www.oregonlive.com/argus/index.ssf/2013/01/hillsboro_hops_public_financin.html (And as always, if you want more […]

Metro Funding Crisis!

In 1995 and 2006, Metro persuaded voters in the Tri-County area surrounding Portland, Oregon to allow the agency to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed bonds in order to acquire natural areas “for the benefit of wildlife and people”. Unsurprisingly, the brain-trust at Metro ran right out and bought up thousands of acres of […]

Pixie Dust & Unicorns – Metro Believes

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The brain-trust at Metro, having twice failed in its grand plans to “create jobs and spur economic development” with its “Oregon Convention Center”, remains convinced that it’ll all work out this time, if only they can get their hands on some more taxpayer money to build a spiffy 600-room Convention Center Hotel. We’ve turned them […]

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  • Senate committee discusses collective bargaining transparency August 17, 2017
    The Senate Commerce & Labor Committee held a work session yesterday on “public transparency in collective bargaining negotiations.” Despite the strong mandate for government transparency declared by the people in the Open Public Meetings Act, government employee contracts are usually negotiated in secret, meaning an important and costly taxpayer expense is hidden until the final bill comes due. There […]
  • WA Republicans on Trump, Women running for office, Georgetown Crossing August 17, 2017
    Every other week, we try to distill a few things down to their essence, and offer those nuggets to you for review. Short, smart content that will inform the work you’re doing in policy and the economy today.  Hopefully you find something on this list that resonates with the work you’re doing. If so, let […]
  • Rep. Orwall to co-chair national Military and Veterans Task Force August 17, 2017
    Earlier this month, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues, selected Speaker Pro-Tem Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) as co-chair of the Military & Veterans Affairs Task Force. “This is truly an honor and a great privilege,” said Orwall, who […]
  • Purple Line Losers August 23, 2017
    Travelers and taxpayers both lose as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao caved in to Maryland’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan and Democratic Congressional delegation by approving federal funding for the Purple Line. As Antiplanner readers know, the state’s own transportation analysis found that the Purple Line will dramatically increase congestion in Montgomery County suburbs of Washington […]
  • For Sale: Eclipse Glasses, Slightly Used August 22, 2017
    The Antiplanner’s eclipse was nearly smoke-free, thank you. In fact, I was in one of the best places in the nation to watch the eclipse, as we were also cloud-free. Waiting for the eclipse near Camp Sherman. Prior to the eclipse, many people were predicting chaos and even a “disaster nightmare.” “Officials are bracing for […]
  • Are Environmentalists to Blame for Wildfires? August 21, 2017
    Today is National Eclipse Day, and thanks to the Milli, Nena Spring, and Whitewater fires, I’m likely to be viewing it through a lens of smoke. So this has me thinking about wildfires and wondering if it is true, as some claim, that environmentalists are ultimately responsible for the increase in acres burned in the […]