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Posts tagged Small Business

Federal Budget Priorities

Federal Budget Spending

The sequester continues to be a golden opportunity for conservatives to talk about principles of smaller government. Aside from that, budgets are very revealing. And cutting the budget isn’t bad because it forces you to reexamine your spending–in other words, prioritize. That being the case, budgets can also reveal where your priorities are. Take a […]

Phil Knight, Don’t Read This

Phil Knight, Don’t Read This

The Hillsboro Argus published my guest editorial this past Friday, pointing out that since we’re building free stadiums for sports teams now, we may as well do it for everyone. A few more comments on the article from 5440 readers might be nice. Come take a look! http://www.oregonlive.com/argus/index.ssf/2013/01/hillsboro_hops_public_financin.html (And as always, if you want more […]

Oregon’s Legal Climate Driving Away Business

In the last four years, Oregon has dropped 15 places to 28th in the nation for litigation and business climate. But until we’re in the bottom 10, don’t expect tort reform to be on the state Democrat majority’s radar. From the Oregon Business Report: A state’s litigation environment is an increasingly important factor in key […]

Clueless Liberals Blame, Boycott Businesses Forced To Lay Off Employees Due To Obamacare

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Small Business Owner on Obamacare: Every Restaurant You Eat At Is Impacted Negatively View on YouTube It’s so sad to read these tweets from small business owners who are heartbroken at having to lay off employees because of Obamacare mandates.   Unfortunately, now they have to suffer harassment from clueless liberals who actually think that business […]

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 […]

Going Galt: Businesses Begin Laying Off Workers, Cutting Hours, Shutting Doors

Any business that has more than 50 employees is required to purchase health insurance for their employees or pay hefty fines, so many are now downsizing or refusing to expand beyond 49 employees. Also, in order to avoid the increasing cost of purchasing insurance for full-time employees, many small businesses will be forced to cut their […]

Liberal Tolerance On Display – Gracious In Victory, As Always

You may recall the Oregon businessman who took offense to Obama’s “You didn’t build that” quote and put a large sign in his shop window stating, “Hey Obama, I built my business by myself, you lousy incompetent excuse for a President.” Provocative, to be sure. But understandable, given this President’s insistence on continuing the politics […]

Voodoo Economics Pt 2: Government Doesn’t Create Jobs

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In a recent report, the Congressional Research Service revealed that welfare spending has increased by 33% under Barack Obama, topping out at over $1 Trillion annually. As I pointed out in my previous post on the report, baseline spending on social programs has deliberately been driven up by the Obama administration, despite (or perhaps due […]

Obama to Entrepreneurs and Business Owners: ‘You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’

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Spoken like the clueless elitist that he is. The Blaze has the transcipt: There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  […]

Like melting Antarctica to water your lawn: Why LIBOR matters

Funny thing about NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered—nobody’s listening, so they spend a LONG time on stories. This weekend, it was a gripping 11.5 minute story of the growing LIBOR scandal. It’s important because there is a very good chance your adjustable rate mortgage is tied to LIBOR is someway. It’s fascinating because of the […]

You want family farms and small business, but do you want to pay the tax?

4 generations of  the Bowers Family, 97 year old Great-Grandma Charity to 6 year old great-granddaughter Charity!

A couple of weeks ago I read on a website about how Oregon’s Death Tax has obviously not affected my family because I was a 5th generation farmer.  (Since then they have taken then claim down.) However this group, Tax Fairness for Oregon, knows nothing about my family. Here’s the thing, my great-grandma, the 2nd generation of […]

The Tea Party Is Right AND Correct On Tax Policy

The Tea Party Is Right AND Correct On Tax Policy

Well now, this is interesting. A new economic study from Cornell University shows that the history of expected AND unexpected tax shocks has a demonstrable drag effect on our economy. Who would have guessed? Oh that’s right, the Tea Party. We have been telling legislators for three years that they should make the Bush Tax […]

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 […]

Water, Sewer, And Blood From Turnips

Water, Sewer, And Blood From Turnips

The five cities with the highest water/sewer rates in the United States in 2011: Atlanta, Georgia Seattle, Washington Newport, Rhode Island San Francisco, California Portland, Oregon Given the amount of rainfall and the huge amounts of mountain runoff available, doesn’t it seem a bit odd that two of the most expensive places for water and […]

Reining In Small Business

Reining In Small Business

A U.S. District judge has ruled that Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell emergency contraceptives. The judge ruled that Washington Pharmacy Board rules, as adopted by the state, did infringe on religious freedom and were unconstitutional. An immediate injunction was put in place so the pharmacies can’t be forced to sell any kind of drugs that […]

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  • Editorial: The Cap is Out. Now What? March 31, 2015
    Electric vehicle tax and regulatory incentives, millions in technology investment through the Clean Energy Fund, incentives for solar and distributed energy, refocusing I-937 on carbon reduction and ending coal-by-wire — in any other year, this collection of bills would be considered the makings of a major deal. Even more remarkable: the coalescence of bipartisan support […]
  • Legislature Should Keep Simple Tool to Fight Medicaid Fraud March 31, 2015
    At issue is the state’s 2012 Medicaid False Claims Act, which included what’s known as a “qui tam” provision that allows the state Attorney General Office’s Medicaid fraud unit to share a portion of fraud recoveries with whistle-blowers. Whistle-blowers generally get about 8 percent. The post Legislature Should Keep Simple Tool to Fight Medicaid Fraud […]
  • Teachers Line Up to Oppose Use of Statewide Tests in Evaluations March 31, 2015
    Supporters of Senate Bill 5748 say the proposed changes would let Washington regain its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law. Last year, Washington became the first state in the nation to lose its waiver. Without it, school districts in 2014-15 had to redirect about $40 million toward after-school tutoring, which is […]
  • Top 3 International Stories to Watch Today: Yemen, Iraq & Nigeria March 26, 2015
    1) As Houthi rebels continued to gain ground in Yemen this week, Saudi Arabia has decided to step in. The Saudis began “Operation Decisive Storm,” with 150,000 soldiers and a series of air attacks to drive back the Houthis from their positions. Iran has condemned the attacks. The turmoil inside Yemen could lead to great […]
  • Top International Stories to Watch Today: Denmark, Israel & Tunisia March 23, 2015
    1) After Denmark announced plans to add radar capability to some of its warships and participate in NATO’s missile shield, Russia made specific threats to target Danish ships. The missile shield is not directed as Russia but at other nuclear threats like Iran. Russia says the move is damaging to Russian-Danish relations and says it will carry out […]
  • Top International Stories to Watch Today: Syria, Pakistan & Germany March 18, 2015
    1) The U.S. reiterated that they are looking for a solution in Syria that will not include Assad (after Sec. of State Kerry said the opposite earlier this week). Syria claims they have downed a U.S. drone (that the U.S. admits is missing) for spying in an area where there are no ISIS militants.   […]
  • Autos, Cement, and Greenhouse Gases March 31, 2015
    America’s environmentalists place undue emphasis on the role of automobiles in greenhouse gas emissions. Their goal of trying to reduce emissions by getting people out of their cars is expensive, self-defeating, and probably unnecessary. According to the EPA, cars and light trucks emit less than 17 percent of the human-caused greenhouse gases produced in America. […]
  • Where Will the Money Come From? March 30, 2015
    During the Antiplanner’s visit to Washington DC last week, I tried to encourage people to think about the incentives created by federal transportation funding. But the first question on the minds of most of the people I talked with was, “How will we pay for highways and transit?” From outside the Beltway, this question almost […]
  • Federal Transit Inequities, Part 2 March 27, 2015
    A few weeks ago, the Antiplanner presented data showing that the distribution of federal transit dollars to urban areas was highly uneven, ranging from 26 cents per transit rider to $2.17 per transit rider. The main factor that appeared to make a difference was whether the urban area was building expensive new rail transit lines. […]