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What Cylvia wants: Oregon ‘GPI’

Written February 8th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Cylvia Hayes’ was throwing her weight around as “first lady,” as reported by The Oregonian/OregonLive, because she wanted Oregon to adopt a new way to measure changes in the economy. Most of us had never heard of the “Genuine Progress Indicator.” But thanks to Google you can look it up. It sounds like a ploy by people in […]

Can’t they see the conflict?

Written October 15th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon’s official state government website, www.oregon.gov, has a page devoted to “First Lady Cylvia Hayes” along with a description of a program she runs for the state, the Oregon Prosperity Agenda. It also includes her “full biography,” but as Oregon has found out in the last few days, the official version is anything but full.

Shifting blame: State may sue

Written May 30th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If you want to avoid taking responsibility in government, sue somebody. That’s the formula now being followed by Governor Kitzhaber. He wants to sue Oracle, the company the state paid to develop its Cover Oregon website.

Forget ‘exchange;’ what about health?

Written March 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Governor Kitzhaber says he’s angry about the all the mistakes by state officials that resulted in the Cover Oregon health insurance website or “exchange” still not working properly. But that trouble is about insurance and bureaucracy, two words that are almost synonymous. And it is small and temporary compared to what’s likely to happen with […]

Indian names: A good solution

Written February 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The issue of Indian names and mascots of Oregon high schools is now before the Oregon House. The Senate, to its credit, has passed without dissent SB 1509, which attempts to solve the problem with the help of Oregon’s nine Native American tribes. Now the bill is before the House Education Committee, which has scheduled […]

Clean-fuels for jobs? It’s doubtful

Written February 14th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Gov. John Kitzhaber has framed Oregon’s so-called clean-fuel program in terms of jobs. It sounds like wishful thinking. If this program showed promise of being good for Oregon by actually creating lots of jobs in the private sector without doing any harm, every legislator including Republicans would be for it.

Where’s the fire, Gov?

Written September 23rd, 2013 by

It’s hard to see the urgency that prompted Gov. John Kitzhaber to call the legislature to Salem for a special session on Sept. 30. The governor says it’s to boost education funding by $140 million “to restore lost school days and provide tuition relief for Oregon students this school year.” But that’s not likely, is […]

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