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By Steve Buckstein and Kathryn Hickok State economists have confirmed that individual Oregon income taxpayers will receive kicker refunds next year. Based on the May revenue forecast, more than $463 million will be returned to taxpayers as a credit on …

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The Wall Street Journal reports that President Trump met with Stanford University’s John Taylor on Wednesday to possibly be the next chair of the Federal Reserve. Before this news became public, expectations were beginning to grow that former Fed Governor …

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With the announcement from Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer that she would not be seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Oregon we are getting a better idea of what the 2018 field is going to look like.  With DeRemer’s … Continue read

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I couldn’t help but notice a pattern in de Vriend’s social strife stories: none of them carried any rational relation to the history and experience of immigration in America. We could also point to all manner of religious conflict in …

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Warlike Walloons, Japanese and Poles by Wim de Vriend History relates many cases of incompatible combinations of interests, be they economic or ethnic or religious or linguistic, that precipitated serious civic strife and chaos inside some unlucky country.  Civic strife …

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Recent headlines dealing with the explosion of wildfires in Northern California, including the deaths of over eleven people and the destruction of over 1500 residential and commercial structures, reminded me of the incompetence of the environmental community in general and …

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By Lori Chavez-DeRemer Oregon needs and deserves great leadership. As Mayor of Happy Valley, I’ve experienced those challenges firsthand. It was my deep desire to provide a positive voice and have an impact on the future of Oregon that lead …

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By Jason Williams Taxpayer Association of Oregon Wall Street Journal Editorial “Hypocrisy and Hacking“, 10/6/17 mentioned Oregon Congressman Greg Walden’s remark on Equifax.  Good article, good comments. Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith faced understandable bipartisan fury on Capitol Hill this …

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Throughout his Presidency, Ronald Reagan maintained a message of freedom. Religious, Economic, and Political freedoms are enshrined in our Constitution and are necessary and all rely on each other. The federal government has been heavily scrutinized (and rightly so) in …

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By Scott Shepard Governor Kate Brown’s task force, assigned to find ways to cut Oregon’s yawning unfunded PERS pension liability, is approaching its November 1 reporting deadline. Governor Brown is relatively new at her job, so perhaps she can be …

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  The abortion debate has been in a stalemate for a long time, but three years ago a milestone was quietly reached in actual behavior. According to data from the Center For Disease Control, in 2014 the rate at which … Continue reading &

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Photo Left: Lindsay Berschauer, State Representative Julie Parrish, field director Michelle Miller  and State Representative Cedric Hayden pose next to 84,367 signatures gathered in less than 100 days! By Taxpayer Association of Oregon A big achievement in citizen power and …

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The Supreme Court’s current docket has a number of interesting cases, but there are two in particular that could cause a seismic shift in the landscape of Oregon politics.  Now I am not saying that Oregon is going to instantly … Co

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We are about to be reminded that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the individual even at the expense of large institutions – particularly political institutions, like the Democrat Party and its financial arm, the public employees …

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Dennis Linthicum Oregon State Senate 28 This week I am in Washington, D.C. I, like yourselves have been shocked and horrified by the evil that was committed in Las Vegas a couple of days ago. However, I will not deal … Continue

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Oregon Executive Club Speaker Series Wed. Oct 4 at 7:00pm Portland Airport Shilo Inn, 11707 NE Airport Way –Event is free, $20 dinner option offered at event We are staring the evening with tributes to the late Don McInitre, co-founder …

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If the free-market, limited-government worldview is not valid “in the first place,” as de Vriend suggests, that merely raises the question as to what alternative set of normative first-principles are. The question is not whether or not it’s possible to …

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by Wim de Vriend So the simple answer to Eric Shierman’s question was that yes, you can have too much of a ‘good thing’, and that applies to immigration as well.  And if someone’s “free-market, limited-government worldview” causes him to …

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Governor Kate Brown and certain lawmakers begin drafting a large cap-and-trade carbon tax plan. By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation, Governor Brown is at it again. In the works is another new, monstrous tax. A new $600 million dollar per …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon The deadline for the referendum petition to repeal the $330 million dollar tax on people’s health insurance and on hospitals is this week.  Today is the last day to get them into the mail (priority) …

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Oregon Executive Club Speaker Series Wed. Oct 4 at 7:00pm Portland Airport Shilo Inn, 11707 NE Airport Way –Event is free, $20 dinner option offered at event We are staring the evening with tributes to the late Don McInitre, co-founder …

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Multnomah County Republican Party Condemns Racist Attack On Menlo Park Elementary School By Multnomah County Republican Party, The Multnomah County Republican Party is saddened to learn that two men painted racist slurs on a Menlo Park Elementary School. “Only the …

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A strange contradiction in public policy reasoning was revealed yesterday by The Oregonian’s excellent transportation writer. Elliot Njus reports TriMet is mulling a $1.7 billion bond offering that will cost Portland metro area homeowners an average of $150 a year for the …

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In 2004 in a Townhall meeting former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was quoted as saying “You go to war with the army you have, not that army you might want.” Rumsfeld’s sentiments ring true for anyone who has had … Continue reading U

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Notes Lane County’s Progress; Outlines Goals if Reelected Elmira, OR – Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich announced that he would be seeking a third, 4-year term on the Lane County Board of Commissioners for West Lane Position 1. Since Commissioner …

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Were you surprised when Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) announced that he would vote against the latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare authored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Kennedy (R-LA)? No, neither was I. In fact the only …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation Multnomah County filed a $250 million lawsuit in August against drug companies, distributors, and doctors. The county alleges a conspiracy to hide the danger of prescription pain pills in order to promote the widespread, …

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I’m happy to see an Oregon Catalyst reader submitted a reply to my writing on immigration, and I’d like to extend a warm welcome to any other of my readers to do the same on any topic in which they’d like to engage with … Cont

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by Wim de Vriend Recently, Eric Shierman wrote about the RAISE Act, a proposal by US Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue and favored by president Trump, to reduce immigration by half while making it more selective, by prioritizing the … Continue re

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By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Many Oregonians are now spending as much on health insurance and health care as they are on their mortgage payments. The Oregon legislature recently passed House Bill 2391 (signed by Governor Kate Brown) that will spike …

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