Report: Low Wages Cost Taxpayers Billions

Today, SEIU 503 and the Oregon Nurses Association released an update to their 2014 report The High Cost of Low Wages, outlining the costs of public assistance to low wage workers and their families. Since 2014, the condition of low wage workers has grown even more dire: Taxpayer assistance has increased from $1.7 billion a… Read more »

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Oregon’s future is at stake

This week, our fight for Oregon families got scary. The Legislature announced their budget — and the cuts are devastating. Oregonians of every age in every corner of the state will feel the effects of these cuts for years to come. It’s clear the future of Oregon is at stake. Here’s what we face: 350,000… Read more »

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Tell business to keep its promise to Oregon families

Time and time again, the business community has labeled any tax that would ask corporations to pay their fair share in taxes a “sales tax.” It’s a tired but hopelessly effective trick: It’s really easy to fearmonger over price increases, especially when compared to defending corporate greed. Every time someone proposes an corporate tax, corporate… Read more »

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Oregon Budget Madness: A shot to make history

It’s been a hard-fought Oregon Budget Madness tournament, with legislators making heartbreaking, often down-to-the-wire decisions that have sidelined important programs and left us with a classic matchup in the finals: Oregon’s Dead Last Corporate Taxes vs. Fully Funding the Quality Education Model. There’s no heavyweight quite like Oregon’s Dead Last Corporate Taxes, whose arsenal includes… Read more »

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Oregon Budget Madness: A short-sighted game plan.

It’s the Final Four of Oregon Budget Madness, and the remaining critical services are leaving it all on the House and Senate floor. In the Elite Eight, Cover all Kids with Health Insurance narrowly defeated Expanding Mental Health Care Access in a down-to-the wire fight between two worthy opponents. As predicted, cuts to Employment-Related Daycare… Read more »

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Oregon Budget Madness: There are no Cinderella stories here.

There were few upsets in the opening round of Oregon Budget Madness. Dead-last corporate taxes, the top-seed, routed Oregon universities, an underdog with plenty of fight but not enough muscle. Job training for seniors, a worthy cause, lost out to the overwhelming need facing K-12 schools. Seniors took an early exit. Across the board, choices… Read more »

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GOP plan to cut insurance for half a million Oregonians

This week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its forecast of how the GOP’s health care plan will impact American families — and the results are bleak. Almost 25 million people will lose their health care coverage, and 7 million will lose employer-sponsored coverage. Even for those lucky enough to keep their insurance, there’s still… Read more »

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Oregon Budget Madness: Not-so-sweet 16

Figuring out how to fund schools and critical services in Oregon is no game. But because corporations pay the lowest taxes in the country, every budget cycle Oregon legislators are forced to pick winners and losers. Keep art and PE in the schools or reduce funding for mental health services? Fund career technical education or… Read more »

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We can’t cut our way out of the budget deficit

For a decade, Ellen Dammel acted as an unpaid homecare worker for her husband, John Peterson. That change last year when her degenerative bone disease advanced to the point that she needed her own care. Thankfully, the Oregon Homecare Program has allowed Ellen and John to access the care they need — but now, major… Read more »

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