21 May

Pass a tax, reject an opport...

Multnomah County voters just approved Oregon's only local income tax, primarily to help schools. The 1.25 percent three-year tax is on top of Oregon's already high 9 percent state income tax. Voters clearly value education, but this ne...

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20 May

Another wild pitch: Sports t...

Proponents of a taxpayer-supported baseball stadium in Portland argue it and a team would generate significant economic gains for the city, if not the state. Terrific! But, wait a minute, if the benefits are such a sure-thing, how come...

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13 May

Business collects taxes, but...

As Multnomah County voters make up their minds about the new county income tax measure, newspapers are printing letters to the editor pro and con. One misguided writer said he's voting no because only people will be taxed, not corporat...

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06 May

Zoning: It’s all about...

Wilsonville Mayor Charlotte Lehan and Metro President David Bragdon are both complaining. Why? Because state legislator Jerry Krummel (R-Wilsonville) has introduced a bill that would expand the urban growth boundary by 520 acres immedi...

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29 Apr

Be aware of choices during H...

According to a United States Department of Agriculture survey, Oregon is the hungriest state in the country. This ranking prompted Gov. Kulongoski to name April 27 through May 3 "Hunger Awareness Week." But, there is reason to be skept...

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23 Apr

The Mythical World of Transi...

Executive Summary During the past decade, Portland-area planners have embraced Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) as the dominant land use/transportation strategy. They assert that TOD, especially based on light rail, will reduce traffi...

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22 Apr

Education freedom advances...

The Oregon State Senate recently advanced education freedom by eliminating mandatory testing of homeschool students, and House members will consider the bill in the coming weeks. If this bill is passed into law, it will treat home educ...

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