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.

OOPS! STATE ACCIDENTALLY SENDS 40,000 VACCINE RECORDS TO MEDIA

Oregon state government accidentally sent 40,000 vaccine records to the state’s two largest newspapers — The Oregonian and the Salem Statesman Journal. It meant to send just data totals but ended up sending the entire files. Oregon Department of Administrative Services said it was a “mistake”. This follows a pattern of mistakes by Oreon State…

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PRIVATE COLLEGES HIT RECORD ENROLLMENT

Private universities in Portland are seeing an increase in enrollment this year, possibly because people are tired of sitting at home and yearning to learn in classrooms on campuses. Some of those registering this year deferred enrollment in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to NPR, private colleges saw a dip in enrollment last…

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Stopping fake court orders

Fraudsters, scammers, business owners and sex offenders have used fake court orders to force social media and search engines like Google to remove information they find offensive—a practice that federal lawmakers intend to stop. Whey they want to authorize illegal wire taps or surveillance or force removal of online content, they’ve simply copied and pasted…

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Employment Dept. on its 4th agency scandal

Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians were left unemployed due to the government-mandated shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oregon Employment Department had a (fully predictable, preventable) system crash during the pandemic. The Department was faulted by media for letting employee sit idle all day long, sometimes playing video games, due to mismanagement. Then It’s phone…

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Congressman announces SPACE tax

As new opportunities emerge for private space travel, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) eyes the opportunity for a new tax. The Securing Protections Against Carbon Emissions (SPACE) Tax proposes a new excise tax on flights into space for purposes other than scientific research. NASA would qualify for exemptions. According to Blumenauer, the tax includes a tier…

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Lawmakers approve record $29B budget

Oregon lawmakers approved a record breaking $29.4 two-year budget budget. The years started off with Governor Brown’s $25.6 billion blueprint budget and ended with a $3.5 billion surplus — infused with billions from Congress. Never in modern history has so much tax money come into Oregon State collections. Special last minute projects:* – $300 million…

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Oregon retailers pushing for interstate cannabis sales

  By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon Oregon businesses growing and selling cannabis want the ability to sell their product to people in other states, but until the federal law changes making marijuana legal, Gov. Kate Brown says her hands are tied, according to the Portland Business Journal. Sixteen states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the…

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Bill helps turn hotels into homeless shelters

By Taxpayers Foundation of Oregon Oregon’s state senators in a 19-8 vote approved a bill to make it easier to convert hotels and motels into temporary shelters and affordable long-term housing for people who lost their homes in wildfires or other emergencies. The measure, already approved by the House, will go Gov. Kate Brown for…

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