In 2017, the Governor and the Legislature approved House Bill 3078 which reduced prison time 20% to 30% for Identity Thieves, Auto theft and Property crimes. Politicians blatantly broke the law by releasing criminals early in violation of the Oregon Constitution.
Voters put minimum sentencing rules in the Oregon Constitution for certain major crimes committed by repeat offenders. Lawmakers must get voter approval to make changes to the Constitution. The politicians ignored the Constitution when we they passed laws to supersede it.
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation,
Oregon’s income growth is lagging the nation and cannot keep pace with inflation.
According to data released by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis last month, U.S. income growth per person grew by 2.4 percent. In contrast, personal income per person in Oregon increased by only 1.9 percent. To make matters worse, Oregonians faced inflation of 4.2 percent, driven largely by rising housing prices. Put another way, Oregon’s cost of living is growing more than twice as fast as Oregonians’ incomes. Continue reading