Milwaukie, Oregon Will You Donate $1000 To A Mustang Sports Team??

The reason the programs are so nice and Free is because of the Advertisements. After Four Years of running my ad in the Football, Basketball, and Baseball programs which gave each team $1000 I was told in the Fall of 2014 by the new Athletic Director, who arrived in September 2014, that I could no longer run my ad. Even after the contract was signed four months earlier. The reason given was the school district did not want anyone to think that the school endorsed my campaign. Do You think the school endorses the Dentists, Auto Shops, Pizza Place, or Attorneys, etc. that advertise in the program? So, why play politics? The only one’s that are hurt by this action are the teams that will not receive the $1000. My opponent, in 2014, had a chance to place an ad but Did Not.
If a Milwaukie High Alum wants to place an ad to let his friends and neighbors know he is running for State Representative and also help Milwaukie High Athletics than what is the harm? Let’s keep politics out of Our Athletics and let the teams enjoy an extra $1000.

Oregon’s Legislature Most Anti-Business, Anti-Family Cost of Living

The extremely controversial Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) enacted by SB 324 is arguably the most egregious of all the anti-business and anti-consumer laws passed. This law serves to raise the costs of energy for businesses and families, while making no measurable impact on global carbon emissions and failing to provide a single penny for much-needed road infrastructure improvements anywhere in Oregon. The only beneficiaries will be many of the out-of-state green energy corporations who helped sponsor the bill. We asked the DEQ representative how much of Oregon’s carbon output results from forest fires. His reply was it is not counted at all was mind-numbing! The public health impacts of such fires are severe and readily apparent. The reality is that many of the catastrophic wildfires that happen every year could be easily prevented through sound, science-based forest management practices. As a state, we are running the long-term risk of losing our fire insurance coverage. We came very close this year, even following huge increases in the insurance premium. If that happens, Oregon taxpayers and landowners will have to the bear the full cost of fighting these fires. That will divert resources from schools, public safety and other essential government functions. Catastrophic wildfires are bad for the environment. They are second only to volcanoes in the global emissions of greenhouse gases. They kill and horribly maim wild animals and poison and kill fish. Contamination with toxic ash and increased erosion of stream beds ensure many years of seriously degraded fish habitat. It is more important than ever that we put people back to work in our forests to do the kinds of preventative maintenance that is needed to keep them healthy and thriving. Sustainable forest harvest is symbiotic. It provides jobs and building materials while improving forest health. It ensures healthy forests for recreation that brings tourists from all over the world to share the scenic beauty that we have been blessed with.….html

SB 324 Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) To Add $1.06 per Gallon of Gas

SALEM — Doing precisely what she said she would, Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday made good on promises to sign a contentious bill extending Oregon’s clean fuels program — refusing demands from Republicans and other critics that she veto legislation closely tied to former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s scandal-marred legacy. Brown has said she’s sensitive to “unintended consequences” and offered to have the state’s agriculture and environmental qualities proactively monitor gas and farm prices and the program’s effect on alternative fuel supplies. The program continued by SB 324 requires distributors to lower the carbon “intensity” of vehicle fuel by 10 percent over the next decade.….html

By timmcmenaminor

Increase In Fees For Workers Comp. Insurance Cost Employers $2 Billion

HB 2764 that was introduced by the Trial Lawyers Association will cost Oregon Small Business Owners an additional $2 Billion Dollars. House Bill 2764 would raise attorney fees and create new scenarios in which fees could be awarded. Before the reforms of 1990, the state’s system was in crisis: Employer costs and worker injury rates were among the highest in the nation, while worker benefits were among the lowest. Since then, however, employer costs have declined more than 60 percent, worker benefits are consistently at or above the national median, injury rates have decreased more than 50 percent and litigation has declined significantly. And while other states have been reducing benefits, Oregon’s system has remained steady. But despite reforms, workers’ compensation premiums are still one of the biggest costs of doing business, so an increase means employers would have to decide between hiring more workers or approving requested overtime for current employees, Meekcoms wrote in the Salem Business Journal.…69510

Portland, Oregon New Law To Increase Auto Insurance Rates

PORTLAND, Ore. -A new law enacted by the Oregon Legislature that takes effect Saturday will change the way auto insurance claims involving injuries and uninsured drivers are paid by insurers. SB 411 Increases Motor Vehicle Insurance by $55 per year. SB 411 changes requirements for two insurance policy types: Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM). Drivers in Oregon are required by law to carry at least minimum limits of both policy types, in addition to Liability insurance. (Drivers in Washington, Idaho and California are only required to have Liability insurance – the other coverages are optional.) Under the new law, the benefit period for payment of PIP benefits has doubled from one year to two.…82952

Portland May Follow Rusted, Busted, Detroit

Will Portland eventually follow Detroit into bankruptcy? Moody’s is re-examining Portland for a possible downgrade due to Portland’s $453 million in unfunded pension debt and unfunded liabilities of $2.3 billion for its police and firefighters pension and disability plan.….html

Multnomah County’s Wapato Jail Remains Dark and Unused

With the 13th anniversary of Wapato’s completion fast approaching, current county officials, like those who preceded them, are left wondering what to do with a mothballed facility that costs taxpayers between $300,000 and $400,000 a year to maintain. That means the county has spent about $4.5 million since Wapato was completed to keep it safely in mothballs. It’s been so long since the project was launched, in fact, that all of the bonds sold to finance the jail will be paid off by 2016 – possibly before it has ever housed a single inmate.”The core issue is that a prior county board, in an ill-advised move, decided to build this facility when it wasn’t clear that it was needed or that we could afford to operate it,” board Chairman Jeff Cogen said.”Unfortunately, both turned out to be true.”….html

Sex offenders in Oregon Oregonian Exclusive

Sex offenders in Oregon: Report exposes huge gaps in state, federal tracking
Oregonian reporter Maxine Bernstein started looking into sex offender registration laws to find out how a California man could move to Oregon and repeatedly flout the laws, eventually killing a 15-year-old girl and then a 32-year-old woman in Portland.….html