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.

Minimum Wage Factoid

by Jason Williams The federal minimum wage just went up this month from $5.15 to $5.85. How many people were trapped under this low-wage system? Turns out that only .35% of the 140 million working Americans get paid the minimum wage. Seems like the private sector is doing just fine rising wages without government mandates.…

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Inclusionary Zoning Will Drive Up The Cost of Housing

by Andy High With talk all through out Oregon about how to make home more affordable, governments continue to continue to bring up one bad idea after another but one of the worst is Inclusionary Zoning. Inclusionary Zoning requires the developers who want to develop their land to set aside a certain portion of it…

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How to not increase local taxes and fees

by Kurt Weber Oregon local government officials take note of Sandy Springs, Georgia. “Indeed, the experiment in Sandy Springs, Ga., has proved that local governments don’t need hundreds of public employees to function. Sandy Springs, a fast-growing town of more than 80,000 residents, has only four public employees who are not involved with public safety.…

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Marion County Deals with Criminal Aliens

by Wayne Brady The Marion County Commissioners have been committed to dealing with an increasingly difficult situation with criminal aliens. Criminal aliens have been a significant direct cost to the County as well as incurring costs to the victims of their illegal behavior. One policy change the Commissioners wanted to implement immediately was to have…

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A Plebiscite On The Kicker

By Larry Huss There are few opportunities in Oregon for a plebiscite by only those directly impacted by the decision.  But this December Oregon taxpayers are going to have just such an opportunity. In December the state is required to refund to Oregon taxpayers approximately $1.1 billion dollars in excess taxes collected in 2006.  Already,…

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Fire marshal firework mistake continues to burn

by Wayne Brady Government agencies have an uncanny ability to mess things up. In 2004, people from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office delivered confiscated illegal fireworks to the Marion County garbage-burning plant in Brooks. The Fire Marshall failed to let the people at the Brooks facility the explosive nature of the material they delivered.…

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A Call For Economic Restraint

By Larry Huss There is a recession looming and Oregon is, once again, ill prepared to deal with it. No, I’m not an economist or a market analyst, or, for that matter, I didn’t even stay at a Holiday Inn Express. But a friend of mine, Jim Stack, President of Investech and a nationally know…

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What really is sprawl?

By Jim Karlock We all know that Portland planners just hate sprawl. But just what is sprawl and what does it look like? An online search turned up several definitions of sprawl, all centered around the idea that if it is low density or you have to have a car, it is sprawl. Additional criteria…

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Roads Get Last Place Again

by Richard Leonetti The Oregon Legislature has managed to thumb their noses at simple, obvious needs of the people. They are spending $254 million on a new light rail line to Milwaukie (which also needs $500 mil from the Feds–not us either?) and almost nothing on the roads most people use. Another $102 million of…

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