Reservations anyone?

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) just rejected the only Convention Center hotel proposal that does not require government subsidies. All the other proposals depend on what the PDC calls, “some kind of public participation.” When private investors won’t risk their own money, taxpayers will likely take a bath. Look at PGE Park.

The Grand Ronde Indian Tribe said it could

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After Measure 30: A first step toward fiscal responsibility

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

Voters did more than reject a big tax package on Tuesday, they gave their elected officials an opportunity to do the right thing and put core functions first.

Measure 30’s defeat will trigger automatic cuts in a number of state government services, some of which should not happen. While restraint is necessary, the automatic cuts are not. Elected officials must

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Can you hear us now?

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

As Yogi Bera said, “this is like deja vu all over again.” Last December Oregon legislators waited to see if voters would buy their January 28th income tax increase. It was soundly rejected. This month, legislators wait to see if those same voters will accept their $1.1 billion tax package, set for a vote February 3rd.

One difference is that last January’s vote was

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Eminent domain can't pay for memories

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

At 70-years old, Bob Lowery isn’t anxious to sell the home he and his wife live in: the decades of family memories it holds can’t be replaced at any price. One of his children was born in the house. However, the City of Keizer might condemn it and several other parcels of private property so a developer can build a shopping mall.

The use of eminent domain is supposed to be

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