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.

Will Portland suffer from national stadium ticket sales drop?

 At a time when ticket sales and attendance at sporting venues across the country seem to be plunging, the city of Portland is relying on its own counter projections of increased attendance and ticket sales in order to finance its new baseball stadium.   As you may recall, the Portland City Council recently voted 3-2 to…

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Portland bridge plan appears 10 times the expected cost

By Richard Leonetti, The planning and costs for the Portland-Vancouver seem to be way off the charts.   Why should it take so long and cost so much?   The latest version is to replace two bridges now in place of about 3,150 ft in length. The new one will include 3 lanes each way but have available six…

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Attack on Connections Academy puts successful school in danger

The Oregon Education Association letter to the editor (link) is another attack against the successful Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA) virtual charter school.   This campaign of misinformation will do serious harm to students and to one of Oregon’s successful schools.   The letter actually attempts to cast the public charter school in the same light as bailout money…

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Analysis on stimulus proposal

By Richard Leonetti, The stimulus package being discussed, now, I believe is too much. Spending beyond just the “safety net” (unemployment, health payments) is not going to be cost effective. Great politics but lousy economics. Tax rebates will be saved, not spent, just as they were with the earlier stimulus. No one will hire for…

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Serious economic lessons from the past and now

By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon 12-15-08   Only 8 years after our last big financial boom ended in a bust we have an even bigger bust in the housing and debt markets that has brought us to the edge an entire collapse of the financial system. Millions have lost houses, jobs and Retirement savings and…

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Oregon’s Big Land Use Swindle By Margaret Goodwin The Oregon Land Use Act required every city and county in Oregon to implement a Comprehensive Plan, and created a taxpayer-funded bureaucracy, the Land Conservation and Development Commission, to impose mandatory statewide standards with which all Comprehensive Plans must comply.  One of their goals was to prevent…

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Despite revenue drop, state budget still grows

By Richard Leonetti, If you got the impression from headlines that spending by the State of Oregon had to fall by almost $1 billion in the next two years you would be wrong. What the revenue office really said was that revenue was expected to fall by $946 million from earlier projections but the new…

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Global Economic Lessons for Oregon

Global Economic Lessons for Oregon By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon, 10/08   “In the decade before 2005, American consumers were the growth engine for the world economy, accounting for more than half of global consumer spending. The balance of power is now shifting.”  – Dave Have, Wall Street Journal Introduction The world is changing economically…

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Secretary of State has it wrong on drilling

By Richard Leonetti, Secretary Bradbury wrote an op-ed piece saying we should not drill for oil. His arguments were riddled with contradictions and some speculation.  He asserts that expanded drilling will increase gasoline demand. Actually increased drilling has no affect on demand but will increase domestic supply or keep it from falling as it is…

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Solar Power Leaks Tax Dollars

Solar Power Leaks Tax Dollars Bob Clark August 15, 2008 Rooftop solar electric systems are prohibitively costly to manufacture and install with or without government subsidies.  As reported in the Oregonian, page E1, August 8, 2008, a 2000 watt solar system costs about $21,000 including installation.  Under existing tax credit financing structures, the buyer of…

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