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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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  • Corrections Head Steps Down February 7, 2016
    In a resignation letter delivered Saturday morning, Dan Pacholke wrote that he saw his resignation as the best way forward for the agency, which he took over just under four months ago. Last December, the agency revealed to Gov. Jay Inslee that up to 3,000 prisoners had been released early by mistake, mostly before Pacholke […]
  • WSDOT Chief Ousted by Senate Republicans after 3 Years on Job February 6, 2016
    Governor Inslee’s office called the move “shameful.” During a debate that lasted about two hours, Republican senators blasted the Washington State Department of Transportation, citing frustrations with Interstate 405 toll lanes, problems with the ferry system and delays in the Highway 99 tunnel project. After the debate, Sen. Schoesler showed reporters a letter by the […]
  • Democrats Love Universal Pre-K — And Don’t Seem to Care That It May Not Work February 5, 2016
    As the Tennessee’s education commissioner from 2011 to January 2015, I can’t help being disappointed. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have spent the past six years comparing cohorts of Tennessee pre-K students with their peers. By the time the children reached third grade, the pre-K attendees actually underperformed the comparison group. The post Democrats Love Universal […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Turkey & Zika February 1, 2016
    1) After an entire week’s delay, Syrian opposition finally in Geneva for UN-run peace talks, despite a suicide attack by ISIS over the weekend which killed over 40 people. The UN hopes to find agreements on humanitarian aid and prisoner exchanges, but any progress, no matter how small, will be a victory at this point. […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Russia, Syria & the Refugee Crisis January 28, 2016
    1) Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for a new “Reset” with the West, erasing the previous U.S. Reset on Russian relations under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009. Lavrov made clear that the reset would take place on Moscow’s terms and would ignore many contentious issues with the U.S. such as the […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Cameroon & Denmark January 26, 2016
    1) ISIS has claimed a suicide attack in Homs, Syria, which killed at least 24 people. The double explosion, caused by a jihadist wearing a suicide vest and a car bomb, wounded more than 100 people in the government-controlled city. The bombing is another example of continued violence in Syria despite the UN’s announcement of […]
  • 2014 Transit Data February 5, 2016
    In mid-December, the Federal Transit Administration posted 2014 transit data on line, then withdrew it–but not before the Antiplanner was able to download most of the data tables. Two tables that were not available then were “Service” (including such things as vehicle revenue miles, passenger miles, and average daily trips) and “Vehicle Inventory” (including the […]
  • Are Oil Prices Too Low? February 4, 2016
    Remember peak oil? Remember when oil prices were $140 a barrel and Goldman Sachs predicted they would soon reach $200? Now, the latest news is that oil prices have gone up all the way to $34 a barrel. Last fall, Goldman Sachs predicted prices would fall to $20 a barrel, which other analysts argued was […]
  • $44 Per Ride Subsidy February 2, 2016
    Last week, the Antiplanner commented on a proposed passenger train between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Yesterday, The Advocate, a New Orleans weekly, published an op-ed on the same train. The article calculates that the subsidy per ticket will average $44. Considering that the proposed fare is only $10 for the first few years, rising […]