Oregon’s Special Legislative Sessions ended last week on a sour note for money-grubbing Democrats. Hot off another money grab (Measure 101) in January which taxes patients when they use medical services, Liberals had their sights set on grabbing even more money and power through a state Cap-and-Trade scheme.
Already one of the most business unfriendly states in the country, this latest scheme, modeled after legislation in California, will surely send even more businesses across the Oregon border into Washington, Nevada and Idaho.
The greedy Democrats are never satisfied, so they insist they will get Cap & Trade legislation passed during the regular session in 2019.
The Cap & Trade bills being pushed by Democrats would give Oregon just the nation’s second economy-wide carbon-pricing scheme, after California. Modeled on and intended eventually to link up with the one in California — and ones in Ontario and Quebec, Canada — it would set a declining cap on statewide greenhouse-gas emissions and require about 100 businesses to buy “allowances” from the state.
CAP AND TAX WILL HARM BUSINESS WHILE RAISING COST OF LIVING
Democrats, who control both the House, the Senate and the governor’s office, unveiled drafts of their bills that would creatively steal more money from Oregonians under the guise of capping greenhouse gas emissions. This, in a state that already has one of the lowest level of gas emissions in the nation.
Oregon’s Global Warming Commission claims we are falling well short of their goal of running businesses out of Oregon.
This scheme would also create a complex market for credits that can be traded. Politicians can use these credits to reward their political cronies, and punish their enemies. The proposal would affect many of Oregon’s largest employers, and pour money into the general fund to be spent on Liberal pet projects. It is not earmarked to improve the environment, just like the new healthcare taxes which will not be spent on healthcare.
Oregonians are referring to this latest scheme as “cap and tax” because they know it will raise the cost of living for each person by at least $1,000 a year. It will raise gas prices, which would raise everyone’s cost of living by driving up the cost of virtually everything consumers buy. It would also place severe restrictions on Oregon businesses.
Higher taxes are a huge pay-off to government employees for voting straight Democrat tickets for decades. The Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) is an under-funded liability which rewards state and county employees (for voting Democrat) with pension benefits the average Oregonians can only dream of. And PERS is headed for bankruptcy if they don’t get more taxes funneled into it.
GOVERNMENT PENSIONS ARE FUNDED AT THE EXPENSE OF EDUCATING OREGON’S KIDS
Democrats are not interested in controlling public pensions and the cost of health care for government employees, because government employees are their voting base. As a result, many school districts had to reduce teaching positions this school year even though Legislators approved an 11% increase in K-12 spending ($800 million) during the 2017 Regular Session.
BROWN HAS LONG PANDERED TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS
As Secretary of State, Kate Brown finally reached her lifelong goal in February 2015 when she was sworn in to finish the term of corrupt, disgraced Democrat John Kitzhaber. [Oregon does not have a Lt. Governor.] Kitzhaber had been caught giving his girlfriend unauthorized government funds, among many other abuses of power.
As governor, Brown pretended to be halfway normal until she was actually elected. After the 2016 election she was finally free to implement all her hare-brained Marxist ideas. Kate Brown was elected as the nation’s first “bisexual” governor. This militant Lesbian is now married to a man. Yes, this writer is as confused as you are.
BROWN WAITED UNTIL AFTER BEING ELECTED
GOVERNOR TO BEGIN MOST LOONY LEFT POLICIES
In addition to taxing healthcare and trying to raise everyone’s cost of living with a Cap & Trade scheme, Governor Brown also showed her disdain for law-abiding, taxpaying Oregonians by implementing the following in 2017:
- Sanctuary State: Shortly after President Trump was sworn in, Brown declared Oregon to be a sanctuary state. Along with Portland’s sanctuary city policy, Oregonians are awash with illegal alien criminals.
- Gun law: In July Governor Brown signed a bill to begin confiscating guns from law-abiding, LEGAL gun owners.
- Abortions: Last summer Brown signed a bill to force taxpayers to pay for ALL abortions on demand for illegal & legal aliens. This is counter-intuitive as Brown wants to destroy American culture by flooding Oregon with immigrants of all stripes. So, if more & more immigrant babies are slaughtered, won’t that slow down Brown’s plans?
So determined to ram through another money grab, Governor Brown hired a “carbon policy advisor” to work closely with the legislature. Kristen Sheeran was hired last October using taxpayer funds to pay her $112,000 annual salary. This is believed to be the first time ever that an advisor was hired to cram through specific legislation.
OREGON DEMOCRATS ARE SETTING UP A CLASS SYSTEM
Democrats will not be satisfied until Oregon has a class system: The ruling class who has all the money and power, and the rest of us who are barely surviving because 90% of our income is confiscated by one government agency or the other, as they continually raise the cost of living with their hare-brained schemes.