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.

4,550 Ukrainians settle in Oregon. Thankful to be alive.

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation Since Russia invaded their homeland in February 2022, nearly 6 million Ukrainians have fled the carnage, seeking asylum in other European nations and throughout the world. About 4,550 have settled in Oregon, struggling to survive with little money and few possessions. More assistance may be coming their way, though,…

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Bezos jumps to Florida (saves $32B in one tax alone)

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation Amazon CEO and the world’s 3rd richest person, has announced he is leaving the State of Washington and moving to Florida. The NY Post notes, “If Bezos were to keep Seattle as his primary residence and maintain his current net worth of roughly $162 billion, it would mean he’d have to…

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Eugene eyes banning new gas stations

Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation Finding a place to pump gas in Eugene may be harder in the future if the Eugene City Council sides with activists and bans construction of new stations as a means to curb the use of fossil fuels, according to OPB. The city has 42 gas stations today, with two more…

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Church fire suspect has (surprise!) done this before

(photo KGW) By Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation, Police have arrested a 48-year-old suspect in the early morning arson fire that damaged St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in downtown Salem in late August.  Billy James Sweeten remains in Marion County Jail on charges of first-degree arson in the blaze that began in a nearby dumpster shortly…

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ODOT offers $1.7M to convert parking spaces

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation In an effort to boost Oregonians’ switch to electric vehicles the Oregon Department of Transportation is granting $1.75 million in rebates to priority businesses, nonprofits, and governments to install EV charging stations. This is just part of $100 million dedicated to building Electric Vehicle stations using tax dollars. The…

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Chart: Oregon wages by region

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation, The annual average wage in Oregon was $64,835, or $31.17 per hour as measured by their 2023 August report.  The report states that the lowest average wage occupation was taxi drivers at $14.72 per hour. The occupations of obstetricians and gynecologists had the highest average wage at $159.43 per…

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150 dogs, cats airlifted to Oregon

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation, (photo: Maui Humane Society) When wildfires swept across Maui, officials at the Hawaiian island’s only local Humane Shelter officials sought help from Greater Good Charities and the Oregon Humane Society to relocate more than a hundred pets to Portland, according to KPTV.com. Greater Good Charities worked with Southwest Airlines…

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25 states cut taxes … why not Oregon?

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon OregonWatchdog.com Here is a list of states that cut taxes since 2021 according to the national Tax Foundation. Many of these states are so-called Blue-liberal states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, New York and Pennsylvania. Since Oregon is in the top 10 for income taxes (Middle Class effective rate) and business…

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Cannabis rules tie license renewal to taxes

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation The trade association representing cannabis retailers wants to find legislative options to increase tax collection among its members without tying renewal of licenses to whether a company or its owners have filed taxes. Their efforts come in the wake of the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission’s temporary rules that…

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