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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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  • A Review of Research on the Effect of Lower Class Sizes: Many Studies Find “No Improvement in Learning” April 24, 2015
    Researchers at the left-leaning Center for American Progress describe class size reduction policies as a “false promise.” Center for American Progress analysts also conclude that extensive class size reduction policies in California, Florida and other states have not been cost-effective. Bottom line, policies that retain bad teachers in the classroom do more harm to student […]
  • Progress in Focus: More Funding for Education Means Better Opportunities for Students April 24, 2015
    While much of the education conversation in the Legislature right now is centered on the money, it should be focused on what’s at stake – equal opportunity for future generations to reach their full potential. The post Progress in Focus: More Funding for Education Means Better Opportunities for Students appeared first on Washington State Wire.
  • The Politics of Rent Control, Seattle-Style April 24, 2015
    Those who support rent control, including Sawant, have an enormous obstacle blocking their path: a statewide ban. For Seattle to even consider it, the state Legislature would need to pass a measure allowing municipalities to decide for themselves. The post The Politics of Rent Control, Seattle-Style appeared first on Washington State Wire.
  • Today’s Top International Stories: Pakistan, South Africa & Iran April 24, 2015
    1) Today President Obama apologized for all counterterrorism drone strikes including one from January that killed U.S. and Italian hostages hoping for rescue. This particular strike targeted an Al-Qaeda stronghold in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. The two hostages killed were American Warren Weinstein, captured in 2011 and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, who went […]
  • Today’s Top International Stories: Yemen, North Korea & Italy April 23, 2015
    1) Despite promises to end its airstrikes in Yemen, Saudi Arabia has continued to target Houthi-held areas. At least 20 airstrikes took place today, the death count for the raids is unverified but the Houthi health ministry claims 951 people have died and 3,311 have been wounded.   2) China says that North Korea is […]
  • Today’s Top International Stories: France, Ukraine & Yemen April 22, 2015
    1) France authorities announced they thwarted a planned terrorist attack that would have taken place in Paris this past Sunday and focused French churches. They have arrested a 24-year-old man who had weapons, ammunition and clears plans to carry out an attack. Few details about the man in custody have been released so far, but […]
  • U.S. Land Worth More Than $23 Trillion April 23, 2015
    A new study from the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that America’s land, exclusive of buildings or other improvements, was worth nearly $23 trillion in 2009. It has undoubtedly increased since then. The analysis, which was summarized in a Wall Street Journal blog post yesterday, presents estimates by state (for the lower 48 states only) […]
  • A Source of Humiliation April 22, 2015
    Japan has test-run a mag-lev train at faster than 600 kilometers per hour, a fact that is ” further humiliating the US rail industry,” says Business Insider. As an American, I feel totally humiliated by this test. After all, after spending more than $100 billion (about $350 million per mile) on infrastructure that will require […]
  • Because We Don’t Want Them April 21, 2015
    “Why can’t America have great trains?” asks East Coast writer Simon Van Zuylen-Wood in the National Journal. The simple answer is, “Because we don’t want them.” The slightly longer answer is, “because the fastest trains are slower than flying; the most frequent trains are less convenient than driving; and trains are almost always more expensive […]