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Posts tagged Measures 66 & 67

November 12 is the first anniversary of 54°40’ Or Fight!

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I am proud and humbled to celebrate the first anniversary of this blog. It has evolved quite a bit in its first year. I am most proud of the contributors who have agreed to post their stories at 54°40’ Or Fight! We now have 21 active contributors from around the State of Oregon. Several veteran […]

Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson Celebrates Independence Day Like Barack Obama – Me, Me, Me, I, I, I, Send Me Back To Salem

This email just crossed our transom about 15 minutes ago. It really captures the spirit of Independence, the Founding Fathers and American Exceptionalism, doesn’t it? Anyone want to guess what party she belongs to? Dear Friends and Neighbors, Simply put, the most powerful thing in turning out the vote – and kicking up democracy this […]

A Trip Down Memory Lane With All Around Great Guy, Dave Hunt

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[Cross posted from Common Sense Oregon] Dave Hunt knows something about Dysfunction Dave Hunt says he wants to fix a Clackamas County Commission that he calls “dysfunctional.” He wants to promote “greater citizen involvement” and “partner” with private sector businesses.  It all sounds grand – just what voters probably want to hear from someone running […]

Reynolds School Board Releases Statement Regarding Declaration Of Impasse By Teachers Union

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[5440 note: as if on cue, the last domino has fallen in East Multnomah County. Purely a coincidence, no doubt.] REYNOLDS BUDGET CHOICES ARE ABOUT VALUES The Reynolds School Board, representing families and taxpayers in our community, looks forward to resolution of our labor contract negotiations. The quality of education and student performance is directly […]

Gresham-Barlow Teachers to Take a Strike Vote April 11

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Out in East Multnomah County, a low rumble is growing louder as we approach the November elections the end of the school year. Negotiations between a couple of school boards and the teacher unions on new contracts have hit snags in several school districts all at once. This past week, The Gresham Outlook reported that […]

Guest Post: The High-Risk Game of Raising Taxes in Oregon

[5440 note: We ran across this blog post by a research fellow at the Wyoming Liberty Group. It’s ironic that even other states are looking at Oregon as a poor model for public funding. Reposted by permission from The Liberty Bullhorn.] The High-Risk Game of Raising Taxes in Oregon The push for higher state and local […]

Guest Post: Oregon Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-04) Sounds The Alarm On State Budget

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5440 note: This is Dennis Richardson’s newsletter. He has been very accurate in predicting state revenue declines, and was instrumental in creating a reserve fund (since spent due to reduced revenue) in the 2010 biennial budget. January 25, 2012 I am State Representative Dennis Richardson and I need your help in resolving Oregon’s State Budget […]

Guest Post: Schools Exist To Educate Children, Not To Employ Teachers

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5440 note: guest post by permission of author, who resides in Gresham, Oregon. TEXT OF GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER DAN CHRIESTENSON AT JANUARY BUSINESS MEETING As we begin a new calendar year, I wanted to take a moment to thank our classroom teachers for their hard work and dedication.  It is difficult […]

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 […]

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, […]

Oregon Revenue forecast drops by $183 million

Oregon Revenue forecast drops by $183 million

By going after the businesses that create jobs, Democrats and their public union cronies have done everything they can to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.   The result?  More businesses are leaving the state, fewer are starting up in the first place, fewer people are employed, and there is less tax revenue all around. […]

Oregon Dem admits: “There’s no one left to tax!”

Oregon Dem admits: “There’s no one left to tax!”

Steve Buckstein writes at the Oregon Catalyst: In this short clip from Wednesday’s House Committee on Business and Labor hearing, Rep. Michael Schaufler, D-Happy Valley, made an emotional off-the-cuff statement about how jobs are being killed in this state and how we have “no one left to tax.” He was the only Democrat to vote […]

Oregon Leads Nation in New Jobless Claims

Oregon Leads Nation in New Jobless Claims

Awhile back, Lars Larson observed (tongue-in-cheek) that we were #2 in unemployment for the nation, but maybe we could make it to #1 “if we really worked at it”. Everyone who voted for Measures 66 & 67: way to stimulate the economy!  Doesn’t this make you feel all warm and fuzzy? View on YouTube Cross posted […]

After Measures 66 and 67, arts funding movement gets aggressive

After Measures 66 and 67, arts funding movement gets aggressive

Lesson for conservatives: no matter how much taxpayer money the Left gets for their pet projects, it’s NEVER ENOUGH.   Better to force them to compete in the free market from the very beginning instead of encouraging this kind of endless entitlement mentality. Here’s the deal: if your art is any good, people will pay for the pleasure […]

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  • Washington responds to House pulling the AHCA March 24, 2017
    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan conceded Friday that there are not enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act through his chamber. Ryan needed 216 votes to pass the legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a system of flat tax credits dispersed to residents based on age, […]
  • Press Release: O’Ban, Rossi say Sound Transit move to engage misses mark March 24, 2017
    The Sound Transit board passed a motion today to authorize its CEO “to continue communications and engagement with the State Legislature” in order to “pursue options to address public concerns” about its inflated car tab tax calculation method.  Sens. Steve O’Ban and Dino Rossi said the premise of the motion does not address the public […]
  • Republicans share their budget proposal, but don’t expect a deal anytime soon March 23, 2017
    The Republican Senate majority unveiled its proposed budget for the 2017-2019 biennium this week. The $43.3 billion plan to fund state government includes $1.8 billion in new money for schools, spending more than 50 percent of the state budget on education for the first time since the 1980s. Senate plan spends over 50% of state […]
  • Backstabbing in the Self-Driving Car Industry March 24, 2017
    Bloomberg has a long article about Google’s lawsuit against Uber over self-driving car technology. In a nutshell, one of Google’s top engineers, Anthony Levandowski, left Google to start a new company called Otto that was then purchased by Uber for $700 million, and Google is accusing Levandowski of taking its company secrets with him and […]
  • Transit Ridership Down 2.3% in 2016 March 23, 2017
    With little fanfare, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released its fourth quarter 2016 ridership report last week. When ridership goes up, the lobby group usually issues a big press release ballyhooing the importance of transit (and transit subsidies). But 2016 ridership fell, so there was no press release. The report showed that light-rail ridership […]
  • Did Nader Really Call Apple a Monopoly? March 22, 2017
    “Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, concerned about fake news prevalent on social media sites, believes Congress should weigh in with antitrust legislation targeting Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple,” reports the Washington Examiner. Say what? Just what do Microsoft and Apple have to do with so-called fake news? How are any of these companies monopolies? Is Ralph […]