special session – Hasso Hering


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Special session: Not that grand

Written October 2nd, 2013 by

It’s hard to see why some called what the legislature did during the special session a “grand bargain.” When you look at the result of the tax and spending bills it passed on Wednesday, it’s not all that grand. As a label, “minuscule” would be more apt. Lawmakers increased some taxes, lowered others, reduced future […]

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 […]

Kitzhaber wants a tax hike

Written September 5th, 2013 by

Governor Kitzhaber is pushing for a special session of the legislature that would raise taxes in order to restore teaching days and jobs in Oregon school districts. His statement confirms that where state government is concerned, enough is never enough. It always wants more — always for a good cause, of course. On Sept. 4 […]

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