Williams is a life-long taxpayer advocate who has archived the state’s largest collection of government waste. Jason heads both the Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation and its sister organization, Taxpayer Association of Oregon.

Rural Oregon needs more cell-towers

By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon A lack of cell phone towers and reliable Internet service is hurting business in rural Oregon. “We use our cell phones on the farm because we need them to communicate with each other,” said a farmer in Vale, Oregon. “Even with a cell phone booster in the house, our service…

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Rogue Valley missing out on recovery

University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes Press Release provided By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Oregon Regional Economic Indicators: Measures of activity strengthened in June across almost all of Oregon’s major metro areas. Highlights of the report include: – Most regions in Oregon are growing at or above their average pace of…

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Hayden’s Mobile Medical Clinic Bill becomes law

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation A bill (HB 3139) sponsored by Rep. Cedric Hayden was signed into law on May 21, making it easier for mobile medical clinics to go into communities to provide much needed medical and dental care. The law prohibits local government from preventing mobile clinics from parking on private property…

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Youth Essay winner: Iraq soldier on duty of politics

Justin Brecht of Canby has won the 2015 Next Generation essay contest and a new Apple Watch as top prize! The Taxpayer Association created the contest to give a voice to Oregon’s younger generation. Please read his amazing essay on how serving in Iraq help shape his political worldview. “How my own personal experience shaped…

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Weak Oregon construction jobs dragging things down

University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes Press Release provided By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Oregon Regional Economic Indicators: In general measures of activity remained soft in May compared to earlier in the year. Still, all major metropolitan regions in Oregon are growing at or above their average pace of activity.  Highlights…

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Oregon housing costs

Press Release Provided by Josh Lerner, Office of Economic Analysis, This edition of the Graph of the Week highlights the relationship between home prices and new home construction across the 50 largest metros in the country. (Original graph idea from Jed Kolko, formerly of Trulia.) It comes out of some work Tim Duy and I…

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Oregon hurt by low levels of housing permits

University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes Press Release provided By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Oregon Regional Economic Indicators: University of Oregon Regional Economic Indicators Measures of activity softened during the spring, but still indicate that all areas are growing at or above their average pace of activity. Highlights of the report…

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Rep. Stark: Sober centers is a tool law enforcement needs

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation On June 25, 2015, the house passed a bill by Representative Duane Stark that would give legal protection to sobering centers, places where police can take people who are publicly intoxicated. Under current law, police can take intoxicated people home, to treatment facilities, or if none are available, to…

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Highways become veteran tributes

Rep. Huffman: Honoring Vets with Three Highways By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation Three highways in Oregon have become Veterans Memorial Highways. The bill, HB 2036, sponsored by Representative John Huffman (R-District 59) and 18 others, was signed into law on May 21.  US Hwy 395 was designated as the World War I Veterans…

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Rep. Weidner: A cure for newborns

By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon, Rep. Jim Weidner is working on a bill to start a pilot program to screen newborns for Krabbe disease. Unless the disease is caught very early, it is fatal. The parents of 5-year-old Marshall Wilson, who is dying of the disease, urged Oregon legislators to include Krabbe testing for all…

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