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Guest Post: The High-Risk Game of Raising Taxes in Oregon

March 31, 2012 by


[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) Discusses The State Budget Rebalancing

February 19, 2012 by


Crisis in Oregon Budget Rebalance? The rumors in the State Capitol and news media this week were that the Governor had torpedoed the Legislature’s Budget Rebalance Plan and the fragile agreement between the Democrat and Republican Co-Chairs of the Ways & Means Committee was in jeopardy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Legislature […]

Oregon’s education “transformation” means “a lot more money” but not much reform

February 13, 2012 by


“Transformation” is the word of the year in the Oregon Legislature.  Not only is the Legislature looking for ways to transform Oregon’s healthcare delivery system and jump  head first into Obamacare, the legislature is sprinting toward the finish line to transform Oregon’s education system from pre-school to post-grad. The Oregonian reports on the legislature’s progress […]

Guest Post: Oregon Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-04) Sounds The Alarm On State Budget

January 28, 2012 by


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 […]

Limited Benefits, Massive Costs of Medicaid Expansion in Oregon

December 28, 2011 by


h/t Eric Fruits for bringing our attention to this post. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has recently conducted a study of the costs of the 2008 expansion of Oregon’s Medicaid program that added 10,000 new, previously disqualified low-income adults to the program. The offering was so popular (90,000 applications for 10,000 spots) that […]

Metro Area Mayors Form New Association, Give Finger To Metro Government

November 30, 2011 by


For years, the questions have been whether Metro Regional Government should even exist. Tensions and jealousies have been created by the seeming uneven application of Metro edicts from city to city within its jurisdiction. Background: Oregon has what are regarded as the most jacked-up land use laws in the nation. In the early 70s, Oregon’s […]

POLL – Is Gov. Kitzhaber constitutionally authorized not to carry out executions?

November 22, 2011 by