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 [...]
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?
(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoog [...]
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 [...]
The truth is that the proposed new excise tax on capital gains is a great solution to preserving and investing in vital community services in Washington state—services like education, health care, child care, and opportunities to pursue higher education at a community college or university. The post What Zombies? A Response to an Op-Ed That Itself Seems Life
Governor Jay Inslee says state workers have not had a pay raise in six years. He is referring, however, to only one kind of pay raise, a cost-of-living adjustment. The post Have State Workers Received No Pay Raises in Six Years? appeared first on Washington State Wire.
For his next act, Bauman wants to introduce a revenue-neutral carbon tax for Washington state. The punch line: He thinks he can get both political parties on board. The post This Stand-Up Economist Says Republicans Will Like His Carbon Tax appeared first on Washington State Wire.
1) The ISIS prisoner exchange scheduled for Thursday did not take place. Jordan was prepared to turn over imprisoned terrorist, Rishawi, in exchange for a captured Jordan pilot. The deadline for the exchange was at “sunset” but Jordan did not turn over the militant because they had not received proof that their pilot was still alive. … Continue reading Top I
1) ISIS threatened to kill a hostage if a new deadline for an exchange (sundown today) was not met. Jordan announced they would be willing to trade suicide bomber, Sajida al-Rishawi for the captive Jordanian pilot, Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh. The fate of Kenji Goto, the Japanese man also held, was not mentioned by the Jordanian government. 2) The Pentag
Guest: JUST ME! Japanese Hostage Crisis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izPbmnVmCnA The Islamic State released a video of two Japanese hostages, Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa. In a break from previous ISIS messages, the terrorists announced a 72-hour deadline to receive a $200 million ransom. While announcing a deadline is new to ISIS, the request for ranso
Alex Epstein’s argument in The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels is unconventional. Millions of people will die, he says, if we attempt drastically to restrict the use of fossil fuels in the United States. The usual rationale for doing so is that it will save lives. Environmentalists such as Bill McKibben and Tom Steyer argue that we will have a catastrophe on our
The last 100 or so years of academic literary criticism have been spectacularly heterogeneous. A century that began with dons arguing about Chaucer’s verbs as if their lives were at stake and showering one another with Festschriften ended with Jonathan Goldberg’s famous essay ‘The Anus in Coriolanus.’ The same poem by, say, Marvell might, depending upon whom
Supporters of a Milwaukee streetcar boondoggle are chiding a city alderman for expressing the fear that streetcar passengers could be vulnerable to crime. Apparently, opponents of progressive ideas like streetcars aren’t supposed to use real facts when making the case against those ideas. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports crime by transit mode.
Self-driving cars could “make congestion dramatically worse,” warns a headline in the Atlantic‘s CityLab. Simulations show that, if just 25 percent of cars on the road are self-driving, the article says, there will be a lot more delays at intersections. It’s not surprising that the transit crowd would want to try to discredit the idea […]
With its “vibrant mix of residential, retail, commercial and green space,” Arlington County, Virginia is exactly where a lot of Millennials in the Washington DC area would like to live–at least according to one such Millennial named Harrison Godfrey. However, many can’t, as the median home price is $550,000, which is far more than two […]