Kate Brown’s Attention Deficit Disorder
Cascade Policy Institute November 8, 2017
The most serious problem facing Oregon right now is the exploding costs of the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). The PERS crisis is so severe that the Oregon Legislature should make it the only issue addressed in the February 2018 legislative session.
But Governor Brown isn’t interested in reducing the PERS liability. That would take too much work and might offend her public employee union campaign contributors. So instead she has signed two Executive Orders purporting to address “climate change,” ahead of her jaunt to Bonn, Germany next week to attend a United Nations conference on global warming.
Address the longstanding mismanagement of federal lands in Oregon was evidently overlooked.
Admit that walking away from the 221 million cash offer from a private consortium to buy the money-losing Elliott State Forest was a mistake & calling a special meeting of the land board to reverse the May decision, was out of the question.
john a. charles jr. January 11, 2017
She deems the housing problem a top priority yet the State of Oregon required 2 years to get
permits to build a 2-300 unit low cost housing area. If it is going to take the state this long,
this much trouble, think how difficult it is for a private company. This is socialism, this is
bureaucracy, but she doesn't think, she is working on more regulation.
TriMet giddy about new taxes giving them more money than they can spend except
the "union" requires all mechanics to go through a two year apprenticeship program
regardless of their training and there will not be enough mechanics to do the work.
Per pupil spending in Portland public schools for this year 16-17 is budgeted @ $13,986 per pupile.
Oregon qualitative education model (QEM) suggests adequate per-pupil funding should be $12,993.
That is 8% above the QEM gold standard. But Kate has time (and money) to go to Bonn, Germany
for a conference on climate change (at tax payer expense).
the Oregon Health Authority now admits the state approved Medicade payments for
Lets not forget we spent 300 million for a health insurance WEB site that never happened.
So if you were governor and paid a friend a friend 300 million to help keep you in office,
how would you hide it? 100 million here and a 100 million there, after a while it adds up.
john a. charles jr. September 13, 2017
Oregon Failing 1 in 4 Students
You would think this would be a priority but instead KB goes to Bonn, Germany on the Oregon taxpayer nickel to a conference on "global warming" like there is really something she knows or could do about it. Paid vacation anyone?
Oregon’s high school graduation rates were an embarrassingly low 75% in 2015-16. Sadly, Oregon is almost 10% below the national average and has ranked among the worst five states for five years in a row. This is unacceptable. We are failing our children and grandchildren.
Don’t Allow the Skimming of Medicaid Funds for Unions
Cascade Policy Institute December 11, 2017
By Aaron Withe and Steve Buckstein
Each year, hundreds of millions of dollars are skimmed off the top of Medicaid payments intended for some of society’s most vulnerable citizens and used for purposes never envisioned by the program’s supporters. Most of us can agree this is wrong.
After all, the whole point of Medicaid is to help low-income individuals—particularly the elderly and disabled—whose lives, dignity and comfort all benefit from the program.
Unfortunately, many politicians don’t see it this way. Oregon is one of nine states that allow labor unions to get a slice of the Medicaid pie by skimming union dues from the Medicaid paychecks of home-based caregivers.
How to makes a tyrant; give a 'small, inept' person some power. gb