Jenny Smith

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Today's News: April 5, 2011

Happy Tuesday!

An attempt to bring Wisconsin-style anti-union politics to Oregon launched with a loud thud yesterday in the House Business and Labor Committee, and is declared DOA (like the Bill Sizemore-led efforts before it that were rejected by voters).

At the same time, rising health care costs could lead to deeper cuts to state worker health benefits, with cuts ranging between $51 million and $149.8 million.

Proponents of the Portland school measures appear to enter the book-publishing business, setting a new record for the most voter's pamphlet statements for a local measure--congrats on that feat!

 

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Today's News: April 4, 2011

Happy Monday!

Remember a couple of weeks ago, when the corporate lobby was pushing a capital gains tax cut as a way of stopping all those unnamed millionaires from leaving the state? Over the weekend, though they didn't mention capital gains, the Register Guard's editorial board took on those claims, finding there to be no evidence of an exodus out of Oregon.
 
The Moving Oregon Forward approach to the state budget continues to get coverage, with the Statesman Journal agreeing that the budget debate should be broader than "which frontline services will cut the deepest?" These ideas--which will limit cuts to frontline services--should take on a new urgency. Every day, newspaper and TV reports reveal the impacts that deep budget cuts will have on local communities: Larger class sizes, layoffs, fewer school days.

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Today's News: April 1, 2011

No foolin': The data is out, and it's clear the corporate lobby in Oregon has been trying to punk all of us. Millionaires aren't leaving Oregon because of our tax rates--in fact, we had an 8.5% increase in the number of millionaire households from 2009 to 2010, according to Phoenix Marketing, a firm that tracks such things.

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Today's News: March 31, 2011

It's Thursday!

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Today's News: March 30, 2011

Coverage continues of the release of the Co-Chairs' proposed budget. The budget contains deep cuts for schools, health care, and public safety, while sitting on $440 million in reserves. The Governor expresses concerns over legislative plans to rush an education funding bill through, as do education advocates.

Advocates for education and basic services--including parents and people with disabilities--are speaking out against proposed budget cuts.

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Today's News: March 29, 2011

The Ways and Means Co-Chairs' proposed budget was released this afternoon, cutting schools, health care, and public safety while leaving hundreds of millions of dollars on the table. Advocates for education and critical services spoke out against the budget cuts, calling them unacceptable. Legislative Republicans quickly embraced the budget, which will lead to deep cuts to schools and services that families depend on.

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The Bright Side of Life!

A look from the brighter side of life...

1. The Portland Trail Blazers are great. Really great. BAM.

2. We're supposed to have our first 60 degree day this week -- the last one was in early December. It's about time!

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Today's News: March 28, 2011

It's Monday! The daily headlines about devastating local impacts of budget cuts continue. And as it turns out, voters really, REALLY hate these budget cuts. A rundown of polls from across the country show that voters believe strongly that we should protect schools, health care, and public safety. Politicians who've proposed deep cuts have seen their popularity ratings tank.

Here in Oregon, the Ways and Means budget proposal will be released on Tuesday.

And Rep. Dennis Richardson gets a rarely used FALSE rating from PolitiFact for his untrue claim about public employee benefits.

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Today's News: March 25, 2011

It's Friday!

As the Ways and Means Committee prepares to release its proposed budget, it's becoming increasingly clear what an all-cuts budget will mean to schools, senior care, and public safety: devastating losses that will impact school children, seniors, and the middle class.

The Senate passed a bill requiring free, all-day kindergarten. Because of its $100 million price tag, the bill wouldn't mandate full-day kindergarten until 2015. Notably, that's only $7 million more than the $93 million in business tax breaks approved by the legislature two weeks ago.

The Oregonian editorial board continues to print false claims about Measures 66 & 67--this time claiming that businesses have closed or left because of the measures (among many other bogus claims). Their very own newspaper has yet to report on even one business closing or leaving because of 66 & 67. We get that it's the "opinion" page, but shouldn't "not printing verifiably false information" be a priority for the ed board?  

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Today's News: March 24, 2011

Happy Thursday!

The ever-widening gulf between the corporate lobby and reality was on display yesterday in the legislature. As more than 250 people visited the capitol to speak out against devastating cuts to long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities, corporate lobbyists gathered in the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee to demand the legislature spend money on tax cuts for the rich, which would make the budget crisis even worse.

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