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 bloggers have agreed to cross post their best wo [...]
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 th [...]
[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 someo [...]
[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 performan [...]
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 a strike vote has now be [...]
[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 taxes continues. One of th [...]
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 [...]
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 to overes [...]
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. Ted Kulongoski to o [...]
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 essent [...]
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, [...]
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.
This is a simpl [...]
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 against th [...]
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?
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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 pleas [...]
More than 1.2 million natural gas customers in Washington will pay more for fuel beginning Saturday as a result of higher wholesale natural gas costs and colder than average temperatures last winter. The post Washington Natural Gas Rates Rising This Winter appeared first on Washington State Wire.
California’s landmark climate policy program — AB32, passed in 2006 and defended from ballot attack in 2010 — includes, among other measures, a statewide cap-and-trade system. The carbon market established by AB32 is now up and running. Unfortunately, some recent changes to the rules threaten to neuter that market, rendering its carbon reductions illusory, a
An independent statewide poll shows Washington voters backing passage of initiatives that would expand background checks for virtually all gun sales and also directs lawmakers to allocate money to reduce student-to-teacher ratios in K-12 education. The post Poll Shows Gun Control, Class Size Initiatives Both Passing appeared first on Washington State Wire.
1) The air strikes in Syria on the Islamic State by the anti-ISIS coalition (led by the U.S.) has killed 521 militants and 32 civilians. 2) Venezuela has started a new program rationing foods, basic goods and medical supplies using a fingerprinting system. Major stores and facilities have been taken over by the government. 3) NATO commanders […]
1) American Jeffrey Fowle freed from North Korea unexpectedly. 2) The Mexican government has put a warrant out for the arrest of the Mayor of Iguala where 43 people students went missing. 3) Israel and Palestine are getting heated again after the death of a baby girl. A nephew of a known Hamas bomb-maker drove […]
1) Two shooting happened at a war memorial in Ottawa, Canada. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered. Please hug, virtually or in reality, any Canadian you know. 2) A bomb that went off outside of Cairo University today wounded 11 people. Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) claimed responsibility for the bombing. 3) Sit-in protests in the capital […]
Russian nuclear-capable bombers conducted a third day of military runs along Europe’s coasts on Friday as part of heightened strategic activities by Moscow, the NATO alliance said. “On Friday, Russian planes carried out more flights over Europe,” said NATO spokesman Maj. Rob Phillips. “NATO tracked these flights over the Baltics, the North Sea and the Atlant
As the Antiplanner noted yesterday, the Washington Post has observed that unaffordable housing markets tend to be in liberal metropolitan areas while conservative metropolitan areas tend to be affordable. This is based on a comparison by Trulia economist Jed Kolko of housing prices (in dollars per square foot) vs. voting for Obama or Romney in […]
Here’s a continuation of yesterday’s post with five more economic principles for planners. Today’s principles are a little more complicated than yesterday’s. To clarify, I am using the word “planners” as shorthand for “advocates of government infrastructure subsidies and regulation.” 6. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Planners would like you to believ
Planners and economists often come to the exact opposite conclusions about various policy proposals. In too many cases, this seems to be because planners (which I define here as “advocates of government spending and regulation”) have a poor understanding of basic economics. To help them out, the Antiplanner has developed ten economic principles for planners.