Oregon’s Measures 66 & 67 Were A Disaster | Hog Blog

The Jury Is Back: Oregon’s Measures 66 & 67 Were A Disaster

December 5th, 2011 by Bill Valentine

Rarely can you convincingly “prove” anything to anyone about the economy.  Economics is a social science, not a natural science like physics, chemistry, and biology.  The Scientific Method doesn’t work with the social sciences.  There aren’t real-life opportunities to test economic theories in a vacuum, and cause-and-effect is virtually impossible to substantiate.   That’s what makes economics so interesting.  That we’re still debating the effectiveness of Roosevelt’s New Deal, and Keynesianism, and Supply Side theory, and so on, shows how little consensus there is around the central ideas that make up the study of the macro economy.

However, there are rare times when an argument can be supported deductively—if not in total, then at least persuasively so.  Allow me to put forth one such argument, and let you arrive at your own conclusion based on the direct evidence now at hand.  And it regards the impact of Oregon’s recent tax experiment.

In 2009, the Legislature of the State of Oregon put forth changes to state tax law to address its yawning deficit (later taken to the voters as Measures 66 and 67).  Measure 66 raised the personal income tax on the state’s highest-earning individuals to as much as 11% for 2009-2011, and then by a lesser amount going forward [1].  Measure 67 raised corporate income tax rates, and imposed a vastly increased minimum “excise tax”—a schedule based on revenue for corporations that don’t have earnings.

Supporters said M66/67 would help balance the budget, prevent cuts to valuable services like education, health care assistance, and public safety, and thus make Oregon a more attractive state for people and businesses to locate.

In reality, what it really meant to its key proponents was preventing scrutiny of compensation arrangements and employee benefits for unionized workers which continue to put an ever increasing amount of the strain on state and local budgets in Oregon.  The funding for the pro-66/67 message at the time came almost entirely from the state’s inordinately powerful unions via their thinly veiled 501(c)(4) advocacy organizations.   Proponents vastly outspent opponents and their message got out.

The rest of the nation watched with curiosity to see if a state would be able to raise taxes in the throes of a recession.  Oregon did not disappoint.  On January 26, 2010, voters passed both measures, and they applied retroactively back to the beginning of 2009.

So, how has Oregon fared in the wake of these new tax increases?

Let’s start by addressing the primary objective of the tax increases: balancing the budget to prevent having to cut spending on services.  Not only did Oregon not solve its deficit problem through the additional tax revenue, things have gotten worse. By the latest count, Oregon will be more than $3.5 billion dollars in deficit for the current 2011-2013 biennium.

Measures 66/67 failed to raise the money they were supposed to.  Measure 67 raised $249 million, versus $261 million, during the last biennium—a $11 million shortfall.  It’s expected to fall another $29 million short for the current biennium versus projections.

More alarmingly, Measure 66 proceeds haven’t come close to what they were supposed to.  Over the last budget cycle, Oregon raised nearly one-third less from Measure 66 taxes ($349 million vs. $504 million [2]) than was projected.   The latest estimates project that we’ll raise just above half of what was originally projected for the current biennium. 

All in, taxes raised from M66/67 will be $356 million short – about three-fourths of what was expected for the current and past biennia.

So what happened to the missing $356 million?  The Wall Street Journal has some ideas.   In an article from December of last year titled “Ducking Higher Taxes –  Oregon’s vanishing millionaires”, the Journal points out that vanishing millionaires are a well documented phenomena.  When Maryland instituted its own “millionaire tax” in 2008, one-third of that state’s millionaire households vanished.

Where might Oregon’s millionaires have vanished to?  It’s pretty clear a lot went to our neighboring state to the north.  The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Washington state publishes data on the driver’s licenses issued to, and surrendered by, citizens in Washington, by state.

For example, if an Oregonian takes up residence in Washington, they surrender their Oregon driver’s license and are issued a Washington one.  And if a Washingtonian does the same in Oregon, that information too is tracked by Washington DMV.  It’s an imperfect measure of state migration, but I think it’s a pretty good proxy.

I recently downloaded the data, and found that for the decade ending in 2008, there had been an average of 1.9 people moving to Washington from Oregon for every one going in the other direction.  Check out 2009.  Oregonians flooded Washington, with 4.5 people moving north for every one moving south!

Unfortunately, when individuals with financial capital relocate, they also take their intellectual capital with them.  98% of Oregon’s companies are small businesses and they rely to an extent on the intellectual and financial capital of successful types, the likes of which are increasingly calling the Evergreen State their home.

Interestingly, not long after Oregon passed M66/67, Washington tried its own “millionaire tax” (Initiative 1098) and it was shot down two-to-one.

The loss of people and money to Washington, and other more tax-friendly states, is what’s known as an “externality” and an “unintended consequence” that I believe can be directly tied to M66/67—there are no other reasonable explanations for the exodus in 2009.

But outmigration isn’t the only unfortunate development for Oregon, post-M66/67.

Supporters of the tax hikes made the case that we needed to pass them to improve the perception of the state to outsiders.  Surely a state that was willing to raise taxes in a recession to support services was one that should draw people and businesses.  Let’s set aside the “giant sucking sound” from people flowing to Washington, and take a look at some prominent surveys and rankings of states.

Upon the passage of M66/67, the Tax Foundation dropped Oregon eight spots on its list of states ranked by business climate, citing the referendum as its reason for doing so.

More recently, Kiplinger released their ranking of states by tax-friendliness for retirees.  Oregon has the dubious distinction of now being named the fourth most tax-unfriendly state in the nation for people considering where to retire.

This past June, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released the fourth edition of its annual Rich States, Poor States report.  This report ranks the states along such metrics as income tax rates, property and sales tax burdens, recently enacted tax policy changes, debt service as a share of tax revenue, and public employees per 1,000 residents and more.  Oregon ranks 43rd, down eight spots since 2008.

Setting others perception of us aside, Oregon ranks 38th by unemployment rate and 47th by “un- and under-employment” rate[3], a sad footnote to the whole deal.

So as we head into 2012, Oregonians find themselves living in an apparently less desirable state, with one of the worst employment situations, the fifth worst spending problem in the country, and no real reform proposals on the table.

Hopefully, the recognition of the failure of Measures 66/67 will prove sufficient to prevent a reincarnation of similarly ill-fated attempts to solve a spending problem with an revenue solution.

[1] Starting in 2012, taxable income above $125,000 (single filers) and $250,000 (joint filers) is subject to a new, permanent marginal rate of 9.9%.

[2] Source: Oregon Legislative Revenue Office

[3] U6 – total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.

Oregon legislature, under the “leadership” of former House Rep Dave Hunt, devastated Oregon small businesses with this job crushing new tax. Hunt now wants to bring his “leadership” to Clackamas County (the Dems in the house clearly invited him to leave any leadership role in the House).

HUD gloats over immense cost of their “Public/Private” partnership.. and more

The latest bulletin produced by the NW regional offices of HUD (Housing and Urban Development) gives you some idea of the enormous sum of money consumed by this gigantic agency.  It’s stunning, actually.

 

As you read down the list of exciting things they are doing with your money, it’s clear to me that HUD is decidedly focused on finding creative ways to encourage lawsuits against property owners.. and, they spend taxpayer money like it wasn’t their own. 

 

Oh, wait, it’s not. 

 

For example, (scroll down to the heading, “Again“) The author of this monthly celebration nearly explodes with pride, giving HUD credit for building/financing a “green low income housing” project near Seattle involving 86 apartment units.  I mean, they have solar collectors that generate up to 10% of the energy needs of the complex. wow.

 

The cost?  Oh, just $32,000,000.  Or, just $372,000 per apartment!  How can they do so much with so little?  Now that I think about it..hold on.  Seems to me that $32,000,000 should provide WAY more than 86 apartments- even at $100,000 per unit, that would be 320 apartments. Another example of “public/private” partnership.. where the taxpaying partner puts up the money and the government and private “partner” race off with enormous profits.  But then, I’ve never been on the government payroll, so I’m probably not qualified to make such a biased observation of what it costs to provide “low income housing” these days.   Still, $372,000 per apartment sure seems steep to me.. especially when I know that my taxes and your taxes are being frivolously used to fund hundreds and maybe thousands of similar projects all over the nation. I know unsustainable when I see it.. and this reeks of “unsustainable”..

 

Congress claims to have a most difficult time trying to come up with meaningful and effecive ways to “cut” the budget.  Are you kidding me?  Have we all been transported to “Alice in Wonderland”?   Enjoy the read.  Your tax dollars are engorging an enormous beast we call government.  Isn’t it time we changed our “leadership” before they suck the remaining life blood from our being? Vote in 2012.. and let everyone you know understand that a clash similar to that which is going on in Greece at this moment is not that far fetched here in America if we allow government to continue to destroy America by insane and outrageous spending.

 

Northwest  HUD Lines

OCTOBER 2011

HUD e-Briefs from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington

Mary McBride, Region X Regional Administrator     206/220-5356       Leland Jones, Editor

www.hud.gov/alaska  www.hud.gov/idaho   www.hud.gov/oregon   www.hud.gov/washington

http://twitter.com/hudnorthwest  

 

! ! ! NEWS FLASH ! ! !

HUD posts Fair Market Rents for Federal fiscal year 2012 on-line atwww.huduser.org/portal/datasets/fmr.html

 

AND THE WINNERS ARE. . .

Congrats to the of the 2011 Friends of Housing Awards conferred at the annual Washington Affordable Housing Conference held this year in Spokane — Ray Rieckers who just retired after 33 years with the Spokane Neighborhood Action Program; Elena Bassett, executive director of the Colville Indian Housing Authority; John Campbell,  retired architect and founder of the Orcas Island non-profit, Homes for Islanders; Marc Cote of the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project; Mark Flynn, former director of multifamily housing development at HUD in Seattle and now a private consultant; Betsy Lieberman, the founding executive director of Building Changes; Ray Mooney, the Community Reinvestment Act officer at Spokane-based Sterling Savings; and Arlene Patton, the retired field office director at both HUD Spokane and HUD Boise.  The Commission’s Friend of Housing Awards recognize contributions in providing affordable housing to low- and moderate-income residents “Even though, in this economy, livelihoods are threatened and funding for housing and social services are reduced,” commented Kim Herman, the Commission’s executive director, “there is a strong resolve to succeed in our work and our honorees are remarkable in what they have each accomplished.”  Ladies and gentlemen, take a bow. You’ve earned it.

 

WINNERS TWO

No surprise, there are lots of friends of housing in Oregon, too.  At the annual awards gala of the Oregon Opportunity Network in Portland, Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East the Meyer Memorial Trust, Home Forward’s GOALS Program, NEDCO’s partnership with Womenspace, Bienestar’s Resident Services Program, Human Solutions’ Rockwood Building and HDC’s AMPP Program were honored for their contributions to housing and Oregon’s non-profit sector. Real, live human beings also were honored with this year’s Star Players Jane Brown of the Housing Authority of Clackamas County, Ana Gomez of the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation, Merry Hart of Access, Terrill Jarvis of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Lisa Judd of Northwest Housing Alternatives, Kaisa Krafft of St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, Rachel Livernois of Central City Concern, Norma Marin of Hacienda CDC  Emma Martinez of Innovative Housing, Daryn Murphy of the Housing Development Center, Cyndi Natalello, Emily Reiman of NEDCO, Vivian Satterfield of Rose CDC, the Sweet 16 Relocation Team at Home Forward, Jorge Tello of Bienestar, Clayre Thompson of REACH CDC, Judy Werner and Tom Murphy of CPAH and Sarah Zahn of Home Forward.  Ladies and gentlemen, you should take a bow too.  Congrats!

 

READY OR NOFA

The general section for HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability for fiscal year  2012 – October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 – has been posted at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=2012gensecNOFA.pdf   If you’re planning on applying for HUD funds in 2012, now’s the time to start getting ready.

 

DESTINATION SALEM

You’re all set October 24th and 25th to head to Salem, right?  If not, you should because that’s when and where Oregon Housing & Community Services is holding its Oregon Housing Conference.  If you’re “in” housing, It’s well worth the trip, well worth your time,  For more, visit www.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=or&record=11232&s… 

 

BRIEF BRIEFS

White House says President Obama has nominated Maurice Jones, currently President of Pilot Media serving Virginia’s Hampton Roads area and, formerly, director of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions program and Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services as HUD’s new Deputy Secretary. . .Washington State Homeownership Resource Center in Shoreline receives $560,000 grant from Washington Housing Finance Commission generated from 2010 settlement with Wells Fargo for bad loans made by Wachovia that will, says KOMO-TV, be used to help Center “provide free housing counseling to distressed homeowners”. .. .. Justice Department files suit against the developers, builders and designers of 2275-unit Gateway Village Apartments in Salem alleging violations of Fair Housing Act for designing and building complex with barriers making it inaccessible to persons with disabilities. . .Low Income Housing Institute celebrates grand opening of Gossett Place – in honor of chair of the King County Council – which provides 63 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans, young people and couples in Seattle’s University District. . .Wenatchee World says City Council in process of donating city-owned property to Hospitality House shelter so that it may go forward with plans to develop more transitional housing. . .Coquille Valley Hospital celebrates completion “right on track,” saysKCBY-TV, of exterior structure of new, $26 million FHA-insured hospital building. . . Peninsula Clarion says North Kenai house being built by Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity – its 17th home in 18 years – is on schedule for completion April 1st. . .First-ever Housing First Partners Conference seeking by October 15th, proposals for papers to be presented in March in New Orleans athttp://hfpartnersconference.com/CallForPresentations_Final2.pdf. . .HUD charges owner and manager of a Lakewood, Washington trailer park with discriminating on the basis of disability . . .Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services opens NeighborWorks Homeownership Center in Corvallis. . .SafePlace in Olympia one of six organizations nationwide to win $450,000 Justice Department Office of Violence Against Women grant to identify best practices in “reaching more sexual assault survivors and providing comprehensive sexual assault services”. . .”I wouldn’t call it saving my life, but they saved my house which is part of my life,” retired school teacher Linda Owens tells Idaho Press Tribune about the roof repaired by the City of Nampa, one of 20 homes it’s rehabbed this year, “they have really saved my bacon, I tell you.”

 

DAKOTALE

Northwest HUD Lines, of course, likes to keep it local and focuses on the work of HUD and its partners in the Northwest.  This one time, though, we’d like to mention an item in a recent edition of the Bismarck, North Dakota Tribune.  The Bismarck City Commission recently voted to give $100,000 of its 2011 HOME funds to help Minot with its shortage of affordable housing during its flood recovery,” reported The Tribune.  Notwithstanding the housing needs of Bismarck, Mayor John Warford said it, was a “fantastic” idea.  He’s right.

 

AGAIN!

The Seattle Housing Authority’s done it again, completing on-time and within budget and celebrating the grand opening of yet another HUD HOPE VI Revitalization Project – the $32 million, 86-unit Lake City Court.  The 1.8 acre site used to be home to a 16-building public housing complex known as Park Lane Apartments that was beset by the persistent flooding of Thornton Creek.  It was demolished by the City of Seattle in 2001.  It’s not the first, nor is it the biggest of the authority’s, with Lake City, six HOPE VI projects.  But it’s probably the most cutting-edge. Its roof has one of the largest residential solar arrays in the state that, even in not-so-sunny Seattle, is expected to meet 10 percent of the building’s energy needs.  It’s got a solar hot water system that will serve at least half of its buildings.  Apartments are heated with high-efficiency gas-fired hydronic heat. In fact, Lake City Court is some 30 percent more energy efficient than the typical, newly-constructed apartment complex.  And now only the salmon have to navigate the somewhat turbulent waters of Thornton Creek.

 

INCREDI-BALE

Almost certainly it was one of the first bedtime stories you heard too.  These three little pigs build a house of straw.  A big, bad and, frankly, pretty bent-out-of-shape wolf shows up, is denied admittance and promptly huffs, then puffs and blows that house down. Times change, though, building technologies and, these days, that big, bad wolf would be no match for straw.  Just ask the members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Plummer, Idaho.  The Tribe has just celebrated the grand opening of The Gathering Place, an three-building,18-unit affordable housing complex funded by built with funds from HUD and the Recovery Act.  It was constructed, by the way, using 6,000 bales of straw.  But that’s not good news for the big, bad wolf.  Pick up a handful of straw and it can almost light as a feather.  Try to pick up a bale of the stuff and there’s a chance you’ll throw out your back.  That’s because that bale has mass and, stacked on top of each other and covered with stucco, no amount of huffin’ and puffin’ is going to bring that house down.  Even better, straw is five times more resistant to heat transfer than brick veneer.  With an up to R-50 rating, those who live in these houses of straw  will stay warm on the coldest winter’s day and cool on the hottest day of the summer.  Outside it might be 95, inside it’ll feel like 68 to 72. “In all of our research straw bales are unsurpassed in terms of energy efficiency,” Garvin Tenold, owner of Pura Vida Homes in Spokane, that helped build The Gathering Place told Down to Earth News.  The number 1 benefit of a straw bale wall system is how this thermal mass maintains a constant interior temperature.”  The tribal housing authority plans, says The Spokane Journal of Business, to develop more “straw-some” housing at The Gathering Place.  If these first 18 live up to their advance billing, it’s sure to find there’s plenty of demand.  .

 

FROM WONDERLAND TO WONDERFUL

The mostly elderly residents of Wonderland Estates, a 109-space mobile home park east of Renton, were pretty sure they were going to have to find a new place to live in 2007.  The owner had begun closing it down, planning to re-develop it as single-family or condominium housing.  Thanks to a partnership with King County, the King County Housing Authority stepped in and purchased the property.  Unfortunately, the site was in the best of shape and the authority has spent the past four years looking for ways to rebuild its infrastructure. It’s taken longer than expected, but it’s now found the way and has announced that a combination of Federal tax credits and state, county and authority resources will allow it to leverage up to $4 million in private equity to finance new water, sewer, electric, al, phone and cable systems, to tear out existing and install new streets and street lights, to replace the storm water drainage system and to refurbish the community center, inside and out., It’s also launching a partnership with the Boeing Employees Credit Union to provide low-interest loan to qualified low-income seniors to buy mobile homes.  Work will begin in 2012, says authority board chair Nancy Holland-Young, insuring that “Wonderland continues to be a valuable housing resource for low-income seniors for the next 50 years.”  

 

BRIEF BRIEFS TOO

HUD Secretary Donovan reports that Recovery Act’s Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program has prevented or ended the homelessness of 2,741 people in Alaska, 6,125 people in Idaho, 12,292 people in Oregon and 16,542 people in Washington. . . Home Forward – the new name of the Housing Authority of Portland – wins $50,000 grant to provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low-income residents in connection with HUD-funded projects . . .Traci Manning, chief operating officer of Central City Concern, named as new head of Portland Housing Bureau. . .Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority wins $50,000 USDA Rural Development grant to “update” 30-year old Kake Elderly Building starting with a brand new roof. . .Bellingham/Whatcom Housing Authority provides public tours of the new, 6,200 square-foot green roof on the Lincoln Square public housing complex whose 90 solar panels, reportsBellingham Herald, will generate 21,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year meeting 3 percent of Lincoln Square’s electricity needs. . .Just a couple of days after Seattle Housing Authority gets word it’s a $10.7 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant for revitalization of Yesler Terrace, Seattle Times reports that about 150 mostly-young volunteers spent a Saturday “pruning, planting” and “painting” the building that houses Yesler Terrace’s Head Start Center. . .Better late than never, congrats to Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman and The Miracle Club on grand opening of 5-story, 40-unit apartment complex for recovering addicts, funded in part by the Recovery Act. . .”Janice Strong of Strong Appraisals in Wasilla named REALTOR of the year by Alaska Association of REALTORS. . .Around 3,000 people” – a record – “crammed” into the Deschutes County Fair Exposition Center in Redmond, says KTVZ-TV, for 5th annual Project Connect. . .Washington Farmworker Housing Trust issues report study finding, reports KPLU, “increasing numbers of families in Walla Walla County are living in overcrowded conditions”. . .Clark County’s CDBG program wins an Award of Excellence from the Association for County Community and Economic Development for its partnership with Consolidated Diking Improvement District in insuring the safety of levees along the Columbia River. . .HUD’s competitively awards almost $3.8 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant funds to the Native Village of Kwinhagak and  the Knik, Coos-Lower Umpqua-Siuslaw, Coquille,  Klamath,   Lummi  Puyallup,  Spokane and Swinomish Tribes for housing and economic development projects.

 

AIDS AID

HUD’s awarded the Portland Housing Bureau a $1,365,900grant rant for its Springboard to Stability, Self-Sufficiency and Health (S4H) initiative that will serve some 60 households annually who are living with HIV/AIDS and who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. Portland’s S4H program was one of seven cross-program initiatives nationwide to be funded by HUD as a Special Project of National Significance under HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program.  Projects in Boston, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Albany/Rochester and Maine also were selected for the almost $8.9 million in funding.  A total of 46 initiatives were considered for the designation and funding.  The award winners, said HUD Secretary Donovan, “will be innovating to more effectively and efficiently assist vulnerable households with HIV and serve as models for others to improve health outcomes and reduce risks of homelessness.”

JOB AID

What’s the most pressing issue for residents of public and assisted housing?  Like everybody else in the current economic downturn, it’s probably “jobs, jobs and more jobs.”  Preparing and connecting those residents to jobs is the major focus of HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency programs. Those efforts got a boost in September as HUD competitively awarded a total of $7,950,974 to 40 public and tribal housing authorities and five privately-owned rental complexes in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington under three programs that will allow them to hire or retain service coordinators to, says HUD Secretary Donovan, “open doors” for public housing residents and recipients of Housing Choice Vouchers to education and employment opportunities.  “Like everyone else,” said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator McBride, “these residents dream of being self sufficient and these programs have proven themselves more than capable of helping make that dream come true.”

 

ED AID

The efforts to revitalize Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood got a big boost in September when the Tacoma Housing Authority was one of just five authorities across the country to win a HUD Capital Fund Education & Training Community Facilities grant.  The authority plans to  use the $1,881,652 award to build an 8,500 square-feet, two-story early childhood education, adult education and job training center near its Hillsdale Terrace public housing complex.    Partners in the project will include Bates Technical College, Tacoma Goodwill and Tacoma Public Schools. “This new center will help Tacoma Housing Authority and its community partners extend our efforts to invest in new construction in the Hilltop neighborhood,” said authority executive director Michael Mirra. “Through the center, THA will advance its emphasis on education for residents of all ages,”

 

BRIEF BRIEFS THREE

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter names Idaho Falls businessman Jeff Sayer as new director of Idaho Department of Commerce. . .FHA issues new standards, effective September 23rd, for “obtaining, maintaining and utilizing” approved FHA lender status at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=11-34ml.pdf. . .Fawn Sharp, chair of the Quinault Nation, elected president of Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. . . President Obama nominates Spokane Mayor Mary Verner to the board of the national Institute of Building Sciences. . .Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services hosts “open house” for two, newly-constructed homes on empty lots at the corner of Carter and Arthur that were built only after “10 truck loads” of boulders were removed says Idaho State Journal. . .Makah Tribal Council, Squaxin Island Tribe, Alaska Manufacturing Extension Project, City of Tanana and University of Alaska Anchorage awarded total of $561,000 in USDA Rural Development funds to support small business and job creation opportunities”. . .Anita Yap, most recently the community development director in Damascus, named deputy executive director of Home Forward, Portland’s housing authority. . .WorkSource Columbia Basin in Kennewick nominated, says Tri-City Herald, for 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for its work with veterans. . .Joni Schneider of Heartland Realty in Fairbanks elected president of Alaska Association of REALTORS . .Rick Crager reports that, as of early September, Oregon Housing & Community Service’s has distributed “more than $14 million” in Mortgage Assistance Payments to help to help homeowners who’ve lost their job or become unemployed during the current recession. . .Confederated Tribes of Siletz complete Recovery Act-funded expansion of Neachesna Village in Neotsu, bringing the total number of affordable and “green” – Energy Star appliances, no-tank water heaters – to 28 units. .  Housing Assistance Council at www.ruralhome.org/storage/documents/usdaeligibleareastables.pdfsays population increases reported in 2010 Census may cause 500 communities nationwide – including 34 in Northwest – to lose eligibility for USDA Rural Development programs. . .Community Action Team begins accepting applications for seven “self help” houses to be built in Warrenton, says The Astorian, starting this fall. . .Bremerton Housing Authority awards $10,000 grants each to Oasis, YWCA, Max Hale Center, Communitas and Bremerton Central Lions Foundation to, says Kitsap Sun, “support local housing-related projects”. . .Advocates Against Family Violence celebrate grand opening of $3.4 million, 48-unit Hope Plaza in Caldwell for victims of domestic violence.

 

FAC-TASTIC

“Our sub-grantee” housing counseling “agencies,” reported Washington State Housing Finance Commission executive director Kim Herman in June, “assisted 2,210 households in the last 12 months. Out of this number, 2,159” – or 98 percent – “avoided foreclosure.”

 

WORTH A READ

Shamira Moore’s wanted to find a way out of an abusive relationship.  Thanks to the Yakima YWCA’s transitional housing program, she’s finally found it.  “It’s just a safe place,” the mother of five told Karma Dickinson of KNDO-TV, “the safest place I can be right now.”  Without it, she noted, he’d “have weaseled his way back into my life.”  Strong stuff and worth a read at http://www.kndo.com/story/15319878/domestic-violence-surviror-trans… 

QUOTE TO NOTE

“There’s an assumption that housing counselors are only looking at cases from the homeowner’s perspective. Financial advocates are very aware that the bank needs to make its money and that we cannot save every house that comes through our doors. We do make it about the numbers. And we can give people an advocate who understands their circumstances, but we also give them a perspective that if the loan doesn’t make sense to us it’s not going to make sense to the bank.” – A comment by Yvonne Fengler, a housing counselor with Consumer Credit Counseling of the Tri-Cities in the June 2011 edition of My View by Kim Herman, executive director of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission which includes a series of thoughtful, even provocative interviews with 12 of the “players” who helped make Washington state’s Foreclosure Fairness Act which become law, effect July 23rd.  Read it athttp://www.wshfc.org/newsletter/index.htm#trenches

 

NOTES TO NOTE

HUD sets October 20th deadline to apply for Energy Innovation funds as part of multifamily pilot program. . .HUD sets October 28th deadline to apply for Continuum of Care funds to support homeless programs. . .Idaho Housing & Finance Association sets October 31st deadline for public comment on its statewide Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. . . Home Depot Foundation sets October 31st deadline to apply for Community Impact Grants of up to $5,000 to support “using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community,” especially those that identify projects for veterans, seniors, and/or the disabled ”. . .Sustainable Building Industry Council sets November 15th deadline to submit entries in 2011 national Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards competition. . .Alaska Department of Commerce sets December 2nd deadline for incorporated cities or boroughs outside of Anchorage to apply for CDBG grants of up to $850,000. . .Housing Assistance Council sets December 12th as deadline to apply for Rural Senior Housing Funds to “support activities that will build, preserve or advocate” for housing for the elderly in rural areas. . ,Department of Energy sets December 14th deadline to apply for CONNECT grants to “support energy technology conferences, workshops, and other events”. . .Corporation for National & Community Service sets December 21st to file letter of intent and January 18th to app.ly for up to $50,000 in American Tribal Planning grants to build capacity to recruit and manage volunteers, completing community assessments and developing new systems in technology, performance management and training.

 

DON’T FHA-GET!

New, lower FHA loan limits took effect in more than 600 “high cost” counties across the country effective Monday, October 1st as required by the Housing & Economic Recovery Act of 2008.  For the new limits in your area, please see https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/hicostlook.cfm

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. . .

. . .the September 19th HUD Webcast on the how-to’s and what-for’s of applying for HUD Multifamily Energy Innovation Funds – applications due October 20th – the Webcast is available on-line athttp://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/multimedia/videos .  B.Y.O.P. rule in effect

 

COMING UP

HUD Anchorage offers workshop on completing Indian Housing Plan and Annual Performance Review documents, October 4th to 6th to 4th, Anchorage. Visitwww.hud.gov/local/shared/working/r10/akonap/calendar/event.cfm?reco…

 

HUD offers a Webinar on the In’s and Out’s of Selling HUD Homes, October 6th.  Visitwww.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=or&record=11832&s…

 

Innovative Changes offers Financial Household Resiliency Workshop on Budgeting & Saving, October 8th, Portland. Visit http://www.innovativechanges.org/

 

HUD Seattle offers workshop on Procurement for NAHASDA-Funded Purchasing, Contracting and Other Activities, October 12th to 14th, Seattle. Visitwww.hud.gov/local/shared/working/r10/nwonap/calendar/event.cfm?reco… 

 

NeighborWorks & Chase host “crash course” on Credit Counseling for Maximum Results, October 11th to 13th, Seattle. Visit www.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=wa&record=11839&s…

 

Oregon Housing & Community Services hosts Charrette to help local Oregon communities develop their 10-year plans to end and prevent homelessness, October 11th & 12th, Redmond. Visitwww.ohcs.oregon.gov/OHCS/pdfs/public_notices/09-13-11_10yearPlan_Wo…

 

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Rural Development Section 515 Boot Camp, October 13th & 14th Salem. Visit www.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=or&record=11704&s…

 

Innovative Changes offers Financial Household Resiliency Workshop on Hands-On Baking, October 15th, Portland. Visit http://www.innovativechanges.org/ 

 

Inman News hosts Agent Reboot on making use of cutting-edge technology in real estate agents, October 18th, Boise.  Visit www.agentreboot.com 

 

Idaho Energy & Green Building Conference, October 19th to 21st, Boise.  Visitwww.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=id&record=11641&s…

 

Annual Conference of Alaska Federation of Natives, October 20th to 22nd, Anchorage. Visitwww.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=ak&record=11617&s…

 

Washington State Senior Citizens Fall Conference, October 21st, Tacoma. Visithttp://www.waseniorlobby.org

 

Oregon Housing & Community Services hosts 2011 Oregon Housing Conference, October 24th & 25th, Salem. Visit www.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=or&record=11232&s…

 

Annual conference of National Community Land Trust, October 24th to 27th, Seattle. Visitwww.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=ak&record=11830&s…

 

2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, October 25th to 27th, Vancouver, B.C.  Visitwww.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=ak&record=11639&s…

 

Annual conference of National Congress of American Indians, October 30th to November 4th, Portland. Visit www.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=ak&record=11831&s…

 

HUD Seattle offers workshop on NAHASDA Essentials, November 1st to 3rd, Seattle. Visitwww.hud.gov/local/shared/working/r10/nwonap/calendar/event.cfm?reco… 

 

Annual conference of Alaska Municipal League, November 7th to 11th, Fairbanks.  Visitwww.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=ak&record=11165&s…

 

HUD Anchorage offers workshop on NAHASDA Essentials, November 8th to 10th, Anchorage. Visitwww.hud.gov/local/shared/working/r10/nwonap/calendar/event.cfm?reco…

 

Oregon Asset Building Conference, November 9th & 10th, Silverton.www.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=ak&record=11165&s… 

 

HUD Northwest hosts free, Fair Housing Basics Webinar, November 17th. Visitwww.hud.gov/apps/calendar/event.cfm?state=or&record=11846&s…  

Americans for Tax Reform :: Comprehensive List of Obama Tax Hikes

Comprehensive List of Obama Tax Hikes

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Since taking office, President Barack Obama has signed into law twenty-one new or higher taxes:

1. A 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco:  On February 4, 2009, just sixteen days into his Administration, Obama signed into law a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco, a hike of 61 cents per pack.  The median income of smokers is just over $36,000 per year.

2. Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax (takes effect in Jan 2014): Starting in 2014, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance must pay an income surtax according to the higher of the following

 

1 Adult

2 Adults

3+ Adults

2014

1% AGI/$95

1% AGI/$190

1% AGI/$285

2015

2% AGI/$325

2% AGI/$650

2% AGI/$975

2016 +

2.5% AGI/$695

2.5% AGI/$1390

2.5% AGI/$2085

Exemptions for religious objectors, undocumented immigrants, prisoners, those earning less than the poverty line, members of Indian tribes, and hardship cases (determined by HHS). Bill: PPACA; Page: 317-337

3. Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax (takes effect Jan. 2014):  If an employer does not offer health coverage, and at least one employee qualifies for a health tax credit, the employer must pay an additional non-deductible tax of $2000 for all full-time employees.  Applies to all employers with 50 or more employees. If any employee actually receives coverage through the exchange, the penalty on the employer for that employee rises to $3000. If the employer requires a waiting period to enroll in coverage of 30-60 days, there is a $400 tax per employee ($600 if the period is 60 days or longer). Bill: PPACA; Page: 345-346

Combined score of individual and employer mandate tax penalty: $65 billion/10 years

4. Obamacare Surtax on Investment Income (Tax hike of $123 billion/takes effect Jan. 2013):  Creation of a new, 3.8 percent surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 ($200,000 single).  This would result in the following top tax rates on investment income: Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 87-93

 

Capital Gains

Dividends

Other*

2011-2012

15%

15%

35%

2013+ (current law)

23.8%

43.4%

43.4%

2013+ (Obama budget)

23.8%

23.8%

43.4%

*Other unearned income includes (for surtax purposes) gross income from interest, annuities, royalties, net rents, and passive income in partnerships and Subchapter-S corporations.  It does not include municipal bond interest or life insurance proceeds, since those do not add to gross income.  It does not include active trade or business income, fair market value sales of ownership in pass-through entities, or distributions from retirement plans.  The 3.8% surtax does not apply to non-resident aliens.

5. Obamacare Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans (Tax hike of $32 bil/takes effect Jan. 2018): Starting in 2018, new 40 percent excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans ($10,200 single/$27,500 family).  Higher threshold ($11,500 single/$29,450 family) for early retirees and high-risk professions.  CPI +1 percentage point indexed. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,941-1,956

6. Obamacare Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax (Tax hike of $86.8 bil/takes effect Jan. 2013): Current law and changes:

 

First $200,000
($250,000 Married)
Employer/Employee

All Remaining Wages
Employer/Employee

Current Law

1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed

1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed

Obamacare Tax Hike

1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed

1.45%/2.35%
3.8% self-employed

Bill: PPACA, Reconciliation            Act; Page: 2000-2003; 87-93

7. Obamacare Medicine Cabinet Tax (Tax hike of $5 bil/took effect Jan. 2011): Americans no longer able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin). Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,957-1,959

8. Obamacare HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike (Tax hike of $1.4 bil/took effect Jan. 2011): Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,959

9. Obamacare Flexible Spending Account Cap – aka “Special Needs Kids Tax” (Tax hike of $13 bil/takes effect Jan. 2013): Imposes cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited).  Indexed to inflation after 2013. There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.  There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education.  Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs educationBill: PPACA; Page: 2,388-2,389

10. Obamacare Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers (Tax hike of $20 bil/takes effect Jan. 2013): Medical device manufacturers employ 360,000 people in 6000 plants across the country. This law imposes a new 2.3% excise tax.  Exempts items retailing for <$100. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,980-1,986

11. Obamacare “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deduction from 7.5% to 10% of AGI (Tax hike of $15.2 bil/takes effect Jan. 2013): Currently, those facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction for medical expenses to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI).  The new provision imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI. Waived for 65+ taxpayers in 2013-2016 only. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,994-1,995

12. Obamacare Tax on Indoor Tanning Services (Tax hike of $2.7 billion/took effect July 2010): New 10 percent excise tax on Americans using indoor tanning salons. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,397-2,399

13. Obamacare elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D (Tax hike of $4.5 bil/takes effect Jan. 2013) Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,994

14. Obamacare Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax Hike (Tax hike of $0.4 bil/took effect Jan. 1 2010): The special tax deduction in current law for Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies would only be allowed if 85 percent or more of premium revenues are spent on clinical services. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,004

15. Obamacare Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals (Min$/took effect immediately): $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet new “community health assessment needs,” “financial assistance,” and “billing and collection” rules set by HHS. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,961-1,971

16. Obamacare Tax on Innovator Drug Companies (Tax hike of $22.2 bil/took effect Jan. 2010): $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to share of sales made that year. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,971-1,980

17. Obamacare Tax on Health Insurers (Tax hike of $60.1 bil/takes effect Jan. 2014): Annual tax on the industry imposed relative to health insurance premiums collected that year.  Phases in gradually until 2018.  Fully-imposed on firms with $50 million in profits. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,986-1,993

18. Obamacare $500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives (Tax hike of $0.6 bil/takes effect Jan 2013). Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,995-2,000

19. Obamacare Employer Reporting of Insurance on W-2 ($min/takes effect Jan. 2012): Preamble to taxing health benefits on individual tax returns. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,957

20. Obamacare “Black liquor” tax hike (Tax hike of $23.6 billion/took effect immediately).  This is a tax increase on a type of bio-fuel. Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 105

21. Obamacare Codification of the “economic substance doctrine” (Tax hike of $4.5 billion/took effect immediately).  This provision allows the IRS to disallow completely-legal tax deductions and other legal tax-minimizing plans just because the IRS deems that the action lacks “substance” and is merely intended to reduce taxes owed. Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 108-113

Gee.. you don’t hear much about these, do you? How can that be? But the worst is yet to come. New taxes are already wired into the tax code following next years elections.. complements of Obama, Pelosi, and Reed… and the far left composition of our Congress before the landslide win in 2010 elections. We must continue to restore our country by booting the Marxist’s out in 2012.

Multnomah County Government Employee Salaries, Wages, and Benefits | GovDocs

Multnomah County Employee Salary Information

go to: oregoncapitolnews.com

Ever wondered how much Multnomah County officials make? Oregon Capitol News now provides a searchable database of worker salary information for Multnomah County.

All Multnomah County employee salary information is supplied by Multnomah County as public record. This information is current as of June 27th, 2010 when we obtained it from the County.

Department — All — Community Justice Community Services County Human Services County Management DCHS DDIPS DCJ-JSD Custody Support Services District Attorney’s Office Emergency Management Health Human Services Library Library-Access Services-Midland Library-Gregory Heights Library-Woodstock Mental Health and Addiction Services Non-Departmental School and Community Partnership Sheriff’s Office
Position — All — A&T ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT A&T COLLECTION SPECIALIST A&T DATA VERIFICATION OPERATOR A&T DATA VERIFICATION OPR SENIOR A&T TECHNICIAN 1 A&T TECHNICIAN 2 AA/EEO OFFICER ACCESS SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR ADDICTION SPECIALIST ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYST ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYST/SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATIVE SERV OFFICER ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST/NR ALARM ORDINANCE COORDINATOR ALARM TECHNICIAN ANIMAL CARE AIDE ANIMAL CARE TECHNICIAN ANIMAL CONTROL AIDE ANIMAL CONTROL DISPATCHER ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN ARBORIST/VEGETATION SPECIALIST ASST COUNTY ATTORNEY 1 ASST COUNTY ATTORNEY 2 ASST COUNTY ATTORNEY/SENIOR BACKGROUND INVESTIGATOR BASIC SKILLS EDUCATOR BODY AND FENDER TECHNICIAN BRIDGE MAINTENANCE MECHANIC BRIDGE MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR BRIDGE OPERATOR BUDGET ANALYST BUDGET ANALYST/PRINCIPAL BUDGET ANALYST/SENIOR BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM SPECIALIST BUSINESS ANALYST BUSINESS ANALYST/SENIOR CAPTAIN CARPENTER CASE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT CASE MANAGER 1 CASE MANAGER 2 CASE MANAGER/SENIOR CATALOGING ADMINISTRATOR CHAPLAIN CHIEF APPRAISER CHIEF DEPUTY CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER CIVIL DEPUTY CIVIL DEPUTY/SENIOR CLERICAL UNIT SUPERVISOR CLINIC MEDICAL ASSISTANT CLINICAL COORDINATOR COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE COMMUNITY HEALTH SPECIALIST 1 COMMUNITY HEALTH SPECIALIST 2 COMMUNITY INFORMATION SPEC COMMUNITY JUSTICE MANAGER COMMUNITY WORKS LEADER CONTRACT SPECIALIST CONTRACT SPECIALIST SENIOR CONTRACT TECHNICIAN COOK CORRECTIONS COUNSELOR CORRECTIONS HEARINGS OFFICER CORRECTIONS OFFICER CORRECTIONS SERGEANT CORRECTIONS TECHNICIAN COUNTY ATTORNEY COUNTY AUDITOR COUNTY CHAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONER COUNTY SURVEYOR COUNTY WEB MANAGER CREATIVE MEDIA COORDINATOR D A INVESTIGATOR D A INVESTIGATOR/CHIEF DATA ANALYST DATA ANALYST SR DATA TECHNICIAN DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR/SENIOR DENTAL ASSISTANT DENTAL ASSISTANT/EFDA DENTAL DIRECTOR/CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENIST DENTIST DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR 1 DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR 2 DEPUTY COUNTY ATTORNEY DEPUTY DIRECTOR DEPUTY DIST ATTY/FIRST ASST DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY 1 DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY 2 DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY 3 DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY 4 DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY/CHIEF DEPUTY HEALTH OFFICER DEPUTY MEDICAL EXAMINER DEPUTY PUBLIC GUARDIAN DEPUTY SHERIFF DEVELOPMENT ANALYST DEVELOPMENT ANALYST/SENIOR DISEASE INTERVENTION SPECIALIST DISTRICT ATTORNEY DRIVER ELECTIONS MANAGER ELECTRICIAN ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN/CHIEF ELIGIBILITY SPECIALIST EMS MEDICAL DIRECTOR ENGINEER 1(INTERN) ENGINEER 2 ENGINEER 3 ENGINEERING SERVICES MANAGER 2 ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN 1 ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN 2 ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN 3 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST SR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SUPERVISOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH TRAINEE EQUIPMENT/PROPERTY TECHNICIAN FAC MAINT DISPATCH/SCHEDULER FACILITIES DEV & SERVICES MGR FACILITIES SPECIALIST 1 FACILITIES SPECIALIST 2 FACILITIES SPECIALIST 3 FACILITY SECURITY OFFICER FAMILY INTERVENTION SPECIALIST FINANCE MANAGER FINANCE SPECIALIST 1 FINANCE SPECIALIST 2 FINANCE SPECIALIST/SENIOR FINANCE SUPERVISOR FINANCE TECHNICIAN FLEET MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR FLEET MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN 2 FLEET MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN 3 FOOD SERVICE WORKER GIS CARTOGRAPHER GIS CARTOGRAPHER SR GRAPHIC DESIGNER HEALTH ASSISTANT 1 HEALTH ASSISTANT 2 HEALTH EDUCATOR HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNICIAN HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNICIAN/SENIOR HEALTH OFFICER HEALTH SERVICES DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATO HEALTH SERVICES MANAGER/SENIOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST HUMAN RESOURCES ANALYST 1 HUMAN RESOURCES ANALYST 2 HUMAN RESOURCES ANALYST/SENIOR HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER 1 HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER 2 HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER/SENIOR HUMAN RESOURCES TECHNICIAN HUMAN SERVICES INVESTIGATOR HVAC ASSISTANT HVAC ENGINEER ICS DIRECTOR INFORMATION SPECIALIST 1 INFORMATION SPECIALIST 2 INFORMATION SPECIALIST 3 INVENTORY/STORES SPECIALIST I INVENTORY/STORES SPECIALIST II INVENTORY/STORES SPECIALIST III INVESTIGATIVE TECHNICIAN IT BUSINESS CONSULTANT/SR IT MANAGER 1 IT MANAGER 2 IT MANAGER/SENIOR IT PROJECT MANAGER 1 IT PROJECT MANAGER 2 IT SECURITY MANAGER IT SUPERVISOR JUVENILE COUNSELOR JUVENILE CUSTODY SERVICES SPEC LEGAL ASSISTANT 1 LEGAL ASSISTANT 2 LEGAL ASSISTANT 2/NR LEGAL ASSISTANT SR/NR LEGAL ASSISTANT/SENIOR LEGISLATIVE/ADMIN SECRETARY LIBRARIAN LIBRARY ADMINISTRATOR/BRANCH LIBRARY ADMINISTRATOR/CENTRAL LIBRARY ASSISTANT LIBRARY CLERK LIBRARY MANAGER/BRANCH LIBRARY MANAGER/SENIOR LIBRARY OUTREACH SPECIALIST LIBRARY PAGE LIBRARY SUPERVISOR LICENSED COMM PRACTICAL NURSE LIEUTENANT LIEUTENANT/CORRECTIONS LIGHTING TECHNICIAN LOCKSMITH LOGISTICS EVIDENCE TECH MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST 1 MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST 2 MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST APPRENTICE MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST/SENIOR MAINTENANCE WORKER MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT MANAGEMENT AUDITOR/SENIOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELOR MCSO CORRECTIONS PROGRAM ADMIN MCSO RECORDS SUPERVISOR MCSO RECORDS TECHNICIAN MCSO VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COORDINATOR MEDICAL DIRECTOR MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST MEDICATION AIDE/CNA MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT MENTAL HEALTH DIRECTOR MOTOR POOL ATTENDANT NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR/SENIOR NUISANCE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER NURSE PRACTITIONER NUTRITION ASSISTANT NUTRITION SERVICES MANAGER NUTRITIONIST NUTRITIONIST SUPERVISOR OFFICE ASSISTANT 2 OFFICE ASSISTANT/SENIOR OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR PATHOLOGIST ASSISTANT PAYROLL SPECIALIST PHARMACIST PHARMACY SERVICES DIRECTOR PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PHYSICIAN PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PLANNER PLANNER/PRINCIPAL PLANNER/SENIOR PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR PRINTING SPECIALIST PROBATION/PAROLE OFFICER PROCUREMENT ANALYST PROCUREMENT ANALYST/SR PROCUREMENT ASSOCIATE PRODUCTION ASSISTANT PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR PROGRAM COMMUNICATIONS & WEB SPEC PROGRAM COMMUNICATIONS & WEB SPEC/SR PROGRAM COORDINATOR PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT SPEC PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT SPEC/SR PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT TECH PROGRAM MANAGER 1 PROGRAM MANAGER 2 PROGRAM MANAGER/SENIOR PROGRAM SUPERVISOR PROJECT MANAGER PROJECT MANAGER – REPRESENTED PROPERTY APPRAISER 1 PROPERTY APPRAISER REAL 2 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST/SENIOR PSYCHIATRIST PUBLIC AFFAIRS COORDINATOR PUBLIC HEALTH ECOLOGIST PUBLIC HEALTH VECTOR SPECIALIST PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR RECORDS ADMINISTRATION ASST RECORDS ADMINISTRATOR RECORDS TECHNICIAN RESEARCH SCIENTIST RESEARCH/EVALUATION ANALYST 1 RESEARCH/EVALUATION ANALYST 2 RESEARCH/EVALUATION ANALYST/SENIOR RESEARCH/EVALUATION ANALYST/SENIOR NR RIGHT-OF-WAY PERMITS SPECIALIST ROAD OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR SERGEANT SEWING SPECIALIST SHERIFF SIGN FABRICATOR SOCIAL WORKER STAFF ASSISTANT STRIPER OPERATOR SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AGENT SURVEY SUPERVISOR SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR/SENIOR TAX EXEMPTION SPECIALIST TAX SUPR/ADMIN OFFICER TAX SUPR/BUDGET ANALYST TEAM DEVELOPER/LIBRARY TRANSPORTATION PLANNING SPECIALIST TRANSPORTATION PROJECT SPECIALIST VETERANS SERVICES OFFICER VETERINARIAN VICTIM ADVOCATE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR WEATHERIZATION INSPECTOR X-RAY TECHNICIAN
First Name
Last Name
Annual Compensation — All — $0 – $10,000 $10,000 – $20,000 $20,000 – $30,000 $30,000 – $40,000 $40,000 – $50,000 $50,000 – $60,000 $60,000 – $70,000 $70,000 – $80,000 $80,000 – $90,000 $90,000 – $100,000 $100,000+
Date Requested: 6/22/10 Estimated cost: $123.06
Date Obtained: 6/28/10 Actual Cost: $123.06
Status: Obtained Fee waiver: Not requested

As you can see, government workers are barely getting by! Go ahead and go through the pages and pages of COUNTY workers who are living hand to mouth existence. Of course they need a pay raise!!

On the other hand, I’m wondering why a monopoly labor force is granted monopoly union status? The people who decide upon “wage scale” are compensated by.. the same source.. the taxpayer. So who is watching the hen house? It’s possible the system is a bit… biased? IF any one of these government employees were to compete in the private sector with their skill set, I wonder what that would look like? I’m sure there are people with excellent skills who love their “public service” employment- that is not so difficult to understand. At the same time, is the taxpayer paying far more than what they should? I think it’s a legitimate question that should be examined in light of the examples we are seeing all across the nation when it comes to government employee unions.

Clackamas Government- An Elitist Agenda that is deaf to citizen concerns? – AFP Clackamas

Clackamas Government- An Elitist Agenda that is deaf to citizen concerns?

The Portland-Milwaukie Intergovernmental Grant Agreement  between TriMet and Clackamas County

The county staff and four commissioners are insisting “a deal is a deal” and the agreement cannot be broken.  

3 out of the four parties to the contract are Clackamas County. 
Clackamas County 
Clackamas County Development Agency 
North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District

The county and agency are represented by Dan Johnson. The same guy putting on the community Urban Renewal presentations.  

Commissioner Ann Lininger signed the agreement for all three parties.

Many question whether or not she and the board had the authority because there never was any money identified as available.

Contracts are broken every day of the week.

In this case the majority of the board is claiming they have no choice but to honor the agreement. 

However, there is no defined enforceable action or cost to withdrawing. 

The parties to the contract could have fun suing each other. 
Perhaps Dan, representing the agency could sue Dan representing the county?

Perhaps TriMet would sue the county for some sort of damages?  There’s a big problem there because TriMet does not have the rest of the funding secured.  
It would be fun to see TriMet do so but even if the county were ultimately required to pay TriMet some compensation it would be in the 10s of thousands  

3. Yesterday BCC Work Session.
Commissioners and staff are discussing putting a competing Urban Renewal measure on the ballot. Obviously one that would be aimed at disrupting the citizen effort to stop the Urban Renewal funding schemes including for Milwaukie Light Rail. They talked about an option where only the voters within the UR district voting on an UR measure.

This is of course ridiculous as county wide services would be taking a huge hit by the diverted millions in county funding for county services.

Staff/county counsel also asked to commissioners to allow them to have (hire) outside legal counsel to review our Initiative Petition.
So they are going to spend public funds to have high priced lawyers help them figure out how to obstruct the public will.

At 3:35 Commissioner Bernard asked what would happen if both competing measures passed. 
County counsel said, “we can word it so ours trumps theirs”.  Benrnard said, “so we win– group laughter — Bernard , ” we declare victory”.
Their disdain for the voters is now funny. 

4. McLoughlin Area Plan  (Urban Renewal for Milwaukie Light Rail)

In pushing UR, county staff Dan Johnson has been giving community presentations misrepresenting Tax Increment Financing. His claims that UR pays for itself are of course blatant lies. One of his other whoppers is that the “Clackamas Town Center Urban Renewal District created 30,000 jobs”.

The Columbia River Crossing lie about creating 25,000 lies has been shown by Willamette Week to be only 2500 jobs.
The 14,000 jobs that TriMet and the commissioners like to tell about Milwaukie Light Rail is another complete fabrication.

The BIG DIG in Boston spent $50 billion and it was determined to have created only 5000 jobs.

The MAP UR scheme will be much larger than the MLR $25 million. Probably a $100 million or more plan. All borrowed and paid back by skimming property taxes from a likely 700 acre, or greater, UR district.

It’s interesting that this Beaverton UR plan, that requires voter approval, is posted on the MAP website.
  See it here:

Although this Beaverton plan will go to a public vote the same misinformation is being distributed.

Their plan involves $150 million, 1000 acres, $777 million in assessed value and not the city or paper tells the voters that all of the normal yearly increases on ALL of the 1000 acres  will be diverted from essential services to pay the UR debt. This will trigger the need for new taxes and fees and/or service cuts to deal with the resulting funding gap.  

Yet city officials and the press are telling the voters,

“The unanimous approval puts the $150 million, 30-year plan – which will not increase residents’ taxes – in the hands of city voters, who will decide the measure’s fate in the Nov. 8 election.
The city’s urban renewal district encompasses nearly 1,000 acres and around $777 million in assessed property tax value in and around the city’s core. The area includes historic Old Town, the TriMet transit area, Central Beaverton’s office and retail area and the “employment district” east of Highway 217 between Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Allen Boulevard.
An urban renewal district provides a funding mechanism that encourages redevelopment of a designated blighted area to increase property values.
Tax increment financing effectively freezes assessed values at a certain level and pays for redevelopment projects and bond debt through the amount the value increases from that level.”

They are misleading the voters by not telling them most of the increased property values and property taxes used to pay the UR debt have nothing to do with the proposed development.  
Those increases are normal yearly increases that happen without any UR plan. 
With the cost of services rising every year this dishonest diverting leaves a big funding hole. 

Clackamas County’s plan to borrow $25 million for Milwaukie Light Rail wil require diverting $45 million in property taxes from the general fund that would otherwise go to essential services and existing payrolls & jobs.

5. Commissioner Damon 

An earlier update noted Damon’s long history with MLR that disputes her claim of being a new commissioner and therefore lacking familiarity with the project.
She has been more involved than any other, for years, as a facilitator persuading (I mean involving) the public. 

along with this Damon -video on at   45:00              mms://media1.co.clackamas.or.us/ClackVideo/CableLibrary/BCC7-14-11.wmv
This link on her history with MLR did not work “was on the Project Staff as a consultant for Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project Citizen Advisory Committee.”
It had been removed by Metro. Here it is attached Damon MLR
MEETING: Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project Citizen Advisory Committee
DATE: Thursday, October 25, 2007

PROJECT STAFF

Metro

Crista Gardner, Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Jenn Tuerk, Mark Turpel, Bridget Wieghart, Karen Withrow
TriMet
Sean Batty, Claudia Steinberg, Dave Unsworth
Project Consultants
Jamie Damon, Jeanne Lawson & Associates
PDOT
Steve Iwata
City of Milwaukie
Kenny Asher

TriMet’s New Transit Bridge to the Last Century | Our Politicians Prove They’re Economic Dunces

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On June 30 TriMet formally began construction on the new Willamette River Bridge for the Portland-Milwaukie light rail (PMLR) line. The bridge will be part of a 7.3-mile rail spur running from the Portland State University campus to a parking garage just south of Milwaukie on McLoughlin Boulevard. At a construction cost of more than $205 million per mile, this will be the most expensive transit project in Oregon history.

During the ground-breaking ceremony, economically illiterate politicians raved about how this project would “make Portland more competitive” (Portland Mayor Sam Adams), “reduce congestion on McLoughlin Boulevard” (Oregon Transportation Commission Chair Gail Achterman), and “show the rest of the country that this is not just spending, but a bridge to the future” (Congressman Kurt Schrader).

Any competent group of high school sophomores would know how silly these claims are. Building another rail line at a cost of $1.5 billion will make Portland less competitive than it would be otherwise, because the region has to allocate $750 million in “local funds” to match federal grants. All of that money could be spent on other more useful projects (like replacing the unsafe Sellwood Bridge) if light rail wasn’t constantly crowding them out.

Light rail has never reduced traffic congestion in the region and never will because it carries too few people. And contrary to the notion popularized by TriMet, the main corridor for this line – McLoughlin Boulevard – is not very congested, even at peak periods; it easily could be used for express bus service, which would travel at double the speed of light rail.

Finally, rail transit is not the future of cities. Passenger rail travel peaked in the Portland region and most other cities 100 years ago, and it will never come back due to the safety, speed and convenience of private auto travel.

Despite the vast expense, few people will ever benefit from Milwaukie light rail. TriMet estimates that in the opening year of 2015, the line will carry an average of 13,000 weekday “boardings.” Of those, 4,500 will be former bus rides diverted to light rail. Since each rider typically makes two “boardings” per day, the number of actual new transit customers will be around 4,250. So in construction costs alone, we will spend more than $352,941 per new rider.

I suspect that if we could locate these hoped-for riders and ask them how they’d really prefer to spend the taxpayer gift of $353,000, relatively few would choose a slow train to Portland.

The cost-per-mile numbers are staggering when compared with transit projects elsewhere. In 2002 Metro estimated that the same Milwaukie light rail project utilizing the Hawthorne Bridge would cost only $72 million per mile. The North Portland MAX line was built for $60 million per mile.

Express bus service is especially attractive in comparison. The Eugene Bus Rapid Transit line, known locally as the “Emerald Express,” cost $6 million per mile. The Los Angeles Rapid Bus system was implemented for a mere $335,000 per mile.

Because the LA Rapid Bus service is so economical, it has been implemented on 369 miles of routes in less than a decade. The service utilizes existing arterials and provides faster travel times than light rail by limiting passenger stops to no more than one per mile.

TriMet could have implemented a rapid-bus option on McLoughlin Boulevard years ago if good service was actually a priority, but it isn’t. In fact, during the past two years TriMet bus service has been cut by 14%, rail service by 10%, and the most recent new rail line – the Green Line to Clackamas Town Center – is operating 33% below planned-for levels. At certain times of the day, service is now down to one train per hour on the Green Line.

How many average taxpayers would vote to spend $1.5 billion on a slow train? We already know the answer. In both 1996 and 1998, the North/South light rail project to Milwaukie was on the ballot, and it was voted down each time. But those results clearly don’t matter to the seven members of the TriMet board, who are all appointed by the governor. They never have to answer directly to voters.

TriMet is taking a huge gamble with this project. The formal grant application for the $750 million in federal money has not even been submitted to the Federal Transit Agency; and local matching funds promised by Portland, Milwaukie and Clackamas County don’t exist. TriMet is building a transit-only bridge (no cars or trucks will be allowed) on pure speculation that more than a billion dollars will be forthcoming to finish the deal.

That speculation may prove fatal. Earlier this week the Oregon legislature revoked approval for $39 million in bond funding for another “iconic” boondoggle, the so-called Oregon Sustainability Center. Local proponents were shocked that the funding was pulled; they had assumed for years that the necessary tax subsidies for their green fantasy would be approved, and they were wrong.

TriMet could be building a bridge to nowhere. If it dies in mid-construction, it would be a fitting monument to the arrogance of the TriMet board.

John A. Charles, Jr. is President and CEO of Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization.

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Freshmen Hi School students are more than capable of doing the math on this one.. what an abuse. Beyond any rational way of thinking, this light rail is a colossal waste of taxpayer money. But it does get a nice “sound bite”.. as Oregon’s Democratic party once again prove their utter ignorance of economics.. or their contempt for the taxpayer. Well, ok.. both.