By Jeb Bladine • President / Publisher • 

For Oregonians, it's all about trust

Oregonians don’t trust state to be a good steward of surplus funds.

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Michael Tubbs Sr

The State of Oregon has focused on the purchase of tobacco industry products as one means of increasing state revenue, and in doing so has been successful. Wine industry products would also (in my opinion) be another excellent source to draw revenue.from.

Not too long ago I viewed a television program, that had featured a segment that had detailed how a county sheriff was able to keep six of his deputies rather than losing them to budgetary constraint. It was a case where Marijuana actually saved the day (and pay) for his deputies.

Don Dix

Historically, in all levels of government, if there is money in the 'public trough', be assured there is someone plotting to spend it. To the public unions a reserve fund in Oregon is the equivalent to opening the vault at Fort Knox.

"The latest proposal to create a rainy day fund includes strict spending limits on state government. It makes more sense than previous plans, but perhaps not to public employee unions that view spending limits as a barrier to future increases in pay and benefits."

And there's the rub -- if there is any 'extra revenue' in state coffers, those public employee unions will not accept spending limits. To these unions, it's not about fair, it's not about equitable compensation -- it's all about consistent raises in salary and benefits, deserved or not. And when the majority of lawmakers are beholden to the unions (and participate in the PERS giveaway) , the unions get their way.

How about this? Take away the special interest political contributions and elect lawmakers based on their merits. Of course, the special interests and some lawmakers would argue against such action, but those arguments alone might reveal more than intended.

Oregon has always had the opportunity to do better, but ever since the Oregon government was purchased by special interests, the people of the state are secondary.

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