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Not Good News for the People of Oregon

The Oregon legislature is going to have an off year special session. No good can come of this unless they do the unexpected and ban such sessions or spend significant time revoking previously passed legislation. Legislatures tend to spend their time passing legislation, you know, they think they know best how the rest of us should live our lives and spend our money. Unfortunately, most of this legislation consists of patchwork fixes to previously passed legislation. One thing we know is that they will not be doing is the people’s business. The people do their own business, voluntarily, with each...

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gregoire Implies She Has No Responsibility

A so-called rainy day fund might be a good idea. However, governor gregoire should not be pretending that she does not have a role in overspending: “We’re got to have a savings account,” shielded from easy spending by lawmakers or vulnerable to the initiative process, the governor said at a news conference last week. The democratic team of gregoire and legislature seemed perfectly comfortable dramatically raising state spending levels during the last legislative session. If she were serious about “enforcing discipline” and smoothing out peaks and valleys she would have worked with the legislature to minimize increases in spending, if...

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Build It Privately or Let the Sonics Go At the End of Their Lease

Steve Kelley is back to wanting to subsidize the Sonic’s owners and players. OK, I understand. He has never been opposed to using tax payer money to line Clay Bennett’s pockets; to help pay the dramatically excessive player salaries. Some comments on a few of Steve’s thoughts: These robber barons want to move the team, period. Nothing new here. The rest of us knew this from the day the sale was announced. And this detailed relocation plan is a sobering call to arms for Seattle’s mayor and city council, for the governor and the state Legislature. And a call for...

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Meta Subduction

Just upgraded the site to WordPress 2.2.1 Fairly painless but who knows what might end up broken…. Let me know is something does not seem quite right.

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NASCAR is Gone!

Here is the good news: A Florida-based racetrack developer has abandoned plans for a $368 million NASCAR speedway near Bremerton, where local opposition to the project was fierce. Unfortunately there is some bad news as well. First, the governor and the legislature did not immediately say no to this project. Second, the developer may be back looking for another handout: But the company said it will look for other track sites in the state and might come back to the Legislature with another proposal in the future. “We think the Northwest is still a great opportunity for the company,” said...