14 May

Lesson from New Zealand: Plo...

President Bush showed his anti-consumer, anti-taxpayer side on Monday, May 13: he signed legislation that increased farm subsidies by $83 billion. This legislation, supported by Oregon's U.S. Senators Smith and Wyden, and Representatives...

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07 May

School funding waltz: Measur...

Political candidates and editorial boards across the state blame Measure 5 for centralizing education funding in Salem. Although the initiative did give the state a greater role in school funding, a number of other changes have also fu...

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30 Apr

Drug prohibition, cigarette ...

When U.S. Drug Czar John Walters spoke in Portland last Friday he touched on the theme of his administration's ad campaign: that if you use illegal drugs you're helping to finance terrorism. He could have more accurately said that if y...

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23 Apr

PERS: Let’s talk solut...

Gubernatorial candidate Ron Saxton deserves praise for making the state's financially insolvent Public Employees Retirement System a campaign issue. The fact that PERS threatens to bankrupt Oregon cities, counties and school districts ...

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16 Apr

Westside story shows land us...

Recently the Westside Economic Alliance and others sponsored an economic "summit" to examine the economy of the Portland metro region. The centerpiece was a presentation by economist Joe Cortright. Cortright's extensive research sho...

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09 Apr

Black holes in education spe...

Oregon's budget crisis is a blessing in disguise for schools. It has helped expand education debates from a myopic focus on total funding to a more useful discussion about spending priorities. Despite an 11 percent increase in the K...

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02 Apr

Extend Enron scrutiny to gov...

The collapse of Enron has been grabbing headlines for months. Politicians are on a warpath to get to the bottom of the scandal. Their outrage is justified, but their vigilance shouldn't end with Enron. Federal, state, and local governm...

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