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Multnomah County Employee Salary Information

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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

PortlandTriMetMAX.serendipityThumb TriMet’s New Transit Bridge to the Last Century

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.

Last Article written by Charlie Reese after 49 years at the Orlando Sentinel.

Steve writes,

 

545 vs. 300,000,000 People  
        -By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.  

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.  No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating  deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want.  If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal  government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they  alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

We should vote all of  them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando  Sentinel  Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so  true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

                              Tax his land,
                              Tax his bed,
                              Tax the table,
                              At which he’s fed.

                                                        Tax his tractor,
                              Tax his mule,
                              Teach him taxes
                              Are the rule.

                                                        Tax his work,
                              Tax his pay,
                              He works for
                              peanuts anyway!

                                                        Tax his cow,
                              Tax his goat,
                              Tax his pants,
                              Tax his coat.

                                                    Tax his ties,
                              Tax his shirt,
                              Tax his work,
                              Tax his dirt.

                                                    Tax his tobacco,
                              Tax his drink,
                              Tax him if he
                              Tries to think.

                              Tax his cigars,
                              Tax his beers,
                              If he cries
                              Tax his tears.

                              Tax his car,
                              Tax his gas,
                              Find other ways
                              To tax his ass.

                              Tax all he has
                              Then let him know
                              That you won’t be done
                              Till he has no dough.

                              When he screams and hollers;
                              Then tax him some more,
                              Tax him till
                              He’s good and sore.

                              Then tax his coffin,
                              Tax his grave,
                              Tax the sod in
                              Which he’s laid…

                              Put these words
                              Upon his tomb,
                              ‘Taxes drove me
                              to my doom…’

                              When he’s gone,
                              Do not relax,
                              Its time to apply
                              The inheritance tax.

                              Accounts Receivable Tax
                              Building Permit Tax
                              CDL license Tax
                              Cigarette Tax
                              Corporate Income Tax
                              Dog License Tax
                              Excise Taxes
                              Federal Income Tax
                              Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
                              Fishing License Tax
                              Food License Tax
                              Fuel Permit Tax
                              Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
                              Gross Receipts Tax
                              Hunting License Tax
                              Inheritance Tax
                              Inventory Tax
                              IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
                              Liquor Tax
                              Luxury Taxes
                              Marriage License Tax
                              Medicare Tax
                              Personal Property Tax
                              Property Tax
                              Real Estate Tax
                              Service Charge Tax
                              Social Security Tax
                              Road Usage Tax
                              Recreational Vehicle Tax
                              Sales Tax
                              School Tax
                              State Income Tax
                              State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
                              Telephone Federal Excise Tax
                              Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
                              Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
                              Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
                              Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
                               Telephone    State   and Local Tax
                              Telephone Usage Charge Tax
                              Utility Taxes
                              Vehicle License Registration Tax
                              Vehicle Sales Tax
                              Watercraft Registration Tax
                              Well Permit Tax
                              Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    What in the heck happened?  Can you spell ‘politicians?’

I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!!  YOU can help it get there!!!  

                                        GO AHEAD. . .  BE AN AMERICAN!!!

Portland Sellwood Bridge- Clackamas Commissioners demand taxpayers in Estacada, Molalla, Canby, Boring, Sandy…pay up!

WHO’S LOOKING OUT FOR CLACKAMAS COUNTY??

 

Do you know what Clackamas County residents need?  Apparently Ann Linniger, Democrat Clackamas County Commissioner, does.  She thinks we need a bunch of lobbyists, developers and political hacks from Portland, Salem and, if you can believe this, New Jersey, to tell us about how critical it is that Clackamas County residents place another burdensome fee on the backs of an already over taxed and over fee’d population.  As the recession lingers on and most Clackamas County folks struggle to pay their bills, the lobby to extract even more of your hard-earned money to pay for fancy bike lanes, walking paths and a new bridge in Portland is being financed by the Multnomah County Commissioner, Jeff Cogan, a developer in Tigard and a consultant from New Jersey.  New Jersey!!  Really??  These are but a few of the 15 known groups, politicians and businesses that have contributed thousands to buy your vote.  Only two of the 15 donors that support sending your money to Portland are from Clackamas County.  Over 94% of the support for the Vehicle Registration Fee (ballot measure 3-372) comes from outside Clackamas County. 

 

So, who’s looking out for you?  Everyday citizens of Clackamas County.  Folks from Molalla, Canby, Boring, Estacada and Oregon City to mention just a few.  Mothers and fathers trying to make ends meet in a tight budget economy.  Small business people looking to serve their local community.  Virtually 100% of the money raised to fight the professional pickpockets disguised as Clackamas County Commissioners (notable exception: newly elected Commissioner Paul Savas) comes in the form of $5 and $10 donations.  They know that the $5 increase in the vehicle registration fee will go to $43 per year per vehicle ($86 per vehicle every two years – you do the math on how this will affect your wallet) in 2013.  Is there no end to the wanton desire, dare we call it greed, of the Clackamas County political elitists to pry open your wallet or purse so that they can fund pet projects that make them feel good and important and yet leave their constituents poorer and with nothing to show for their money other than pictures of happy Portlanders taking a carefree stroll or bike ride across the new Sellwood Bridge?

 

Make no mistake, the Clackamas Commissioners, again, with the exception of Commissioner Savas, are conspiring with out of county and out of state developers and consultants to empty your bank account and give it to people that, frankly, think that the everyday folks of Clackamas County owe them a living.

 

Vote “NO” on Measure 3-372.  I’m asking you to stand up and help take our county back.      

 

John Savory

 

Tax Planning for Smart Solo Entrepreneurs

repost from taxloopholes.com

Amanda Han, CPA

(Ask me how to use this IRS gift to take advantage of terrific opportunities in distressed real estate.. very powerful! )

Did you know that one of the simplest and most powerful tools that you as a business owner can utilize to maximize your tax savings is retirement planning?

Examples of common retirement accounts for small business owners may include SEP IRAs, Solo 401Ks, and Defined Contribution Plans to name just a few.

The 2 Top Reasons to Use Retirement Planning as a tax strategy tool:

  1. Retirement accounts are great vehicles that you can use to minimize your current taxes with contributions, and
  2. Money in the retirement account allows you to supercharge your investing power with Tax Deferred (or Tax Free) investments

As a business owner, you can actually be in TOTAL CONTROL of your retirement money in terms of what you want to invest in. For retirement accounts that are set-up as self-directed accounts, you as the investor may have the ability to invest your money outside of the traditional stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. For the most part, self-directed accounts can invest in just about anything you can think of including real estate, precious metals, farms, or your cousin’s start-up company!

So with all the choices you have, just which type of retirement account is best for your business? There are several key items to take into consideration when making this determination:

1) How many employees do you have?

2) What are your goals for the business?

3) What kind of vesting requirements do you want to have?

3) Would you like to be able to borrow from the plan?

4) How much would you like to contribute towards the plan?

One of my favorite retirement savings vehicles is the Solo 401(K) plan.

The Solo 401(k), commonly referred to as Solo K, is a retirement plan designed for the small business owner. How small is small you may be wondering? You qualify if you are a self employed individual with no full time employees other than a spouse. One thing to note is that employing independent contractors in your business does not disqualify you from establishing a Solo 401k. Sole proprietors, independent contractors, C corporations, S corporations, partnerships and LLCs can qualify for this plan if the above requirement is met.

With all the different types of retirement plans available, let’s go over the Top 6 Reasons to Consider the Solo 401(k) for Your Small Business:

REDIRECT MORE TAX DOLLARS INTO YOUR RETIREMENT ACCOUNT: One of the benefits of a Solo K plan is in the large annual contribution limits allowed. Businesses with a spouse on the payroll can also contribute to the Solo 401k. Provided the business owner and spouse have sufficient income from the business, taxpayers may be able to contribute up to $49,000 each ($54,500 each if both are age 50+) in 2011. As you can see, a Solo K Plan may allow the taxpayers to contribute a total of $98,000 or $109,000 (if both age 50+) during the year. This is significantly higher in dollar amount as compared with an IRA or a Roth IRA.

TAX DEFERRED AND TAX FREE INVESTING ALL-IN-ONE: Instead of having a traditional and a separate Roth IRA, the Solo K plans allow certain taxpayers to make pre-tax and after-tax contributions to the same account. Unlike the typical pre-tax retirement plans, taxpayers may now be allowed to invest through Roth Solo K’s as well. The Roth Solo K’s are very similar to the Roth IRAs that you may be familiar with in that contributions are made to the account after-tax and the earnings grow tax-free forever!

So how do you know whether you should contribute to your regular or Roth Solo K? Well, the answer to this question will differ from person to person.

Some factors to consider are;
1) How many years do you have until retirement?
2) What is your current tax rate?
3) What is your expected tax rate at retirement?
4) What type of investments will you be making within the retirement account?
5) What other types of assets and investments do you have?

In short, the benefit of investing with after-tax dollars lies in the number of years until retirement and the effect of its compounding growth. If planned properly, this could be an extremely beneficial way for you to invest TAX FREE FOREVER.

NO INCOME LIMITATION FOR ROTH CONTRIBUTIONS: Most of you may be familiar with the current income limitations that are in place to disallow higher income taxpayers to make contributions to Roth IRAs. The amount at which Roth IRA contributions phase-out completely for the 2011 year is $122,000 and $179,000 for single and married joint taxpayers respectively. Another great benefit of the Roth Solo K plan is that this plan eliminates the income ceiling. Essentially, the Roth Solo K allows businesses owners, regardless of their income level, to contribute and participate in the Roth Solo K contributions!

MORE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES: For those of you who have self-directed IRAs, you may be familiar with its restriction from investing funds in S Corporations. Fortunately for a loophole in the tax law, you CAN use your Solo K money to invest in S Corporations. In addition to the traditionally off-limits S Corporation, Solo K funds can also invest in most other types of legal entities such as LLCs, Partnerships, and C Corporations. So in addition to the seemingly endless types of investments offered by the ability to self-direct, Solo K plans also allow for an almost limitless opportunity to invest in most types of legal entities.

ABILITY TO LEVERAGE YOUR MONEY: For those of you who are real estate investors, you undoubtedly have heard of the term Unrelated Debt Financed Income Tax (UDFI). Essentially, this is a tax imposed on certain retirement funds investing in assets with related debt financing. One of the biggest benefits of investing in real estate with your Solo K plan is that this plan actually allows you to invest in leveraged real estate without the taxes potentially associated with UDFI!

With leverage being one of the preferred ways to invest, real estate investors need to tap into the benefits of this loophole. To take it a step further, Solo K funds are exempt not only from UDFI taxes but also exempt from UBTI taxes (Unrelated Business Income Tax) as well. This is a great benefit that the Solo K plans have above most other types of retirement plans.

ACCESS TO FUNDS TAX & PENALTY FREE: One of the greatest loopholes allowed by the Treasury Department relates to the ability for a taxpayer to borrow funds from his or her own 401K accounts. Unlike the traditional IRA, Solo K plans also allow for that flexibility. Taxpayers are able to tap into their Solo K funds for ANY reason tax and penalty free. Participants can borrow up to the lesser of $50,000 or 50% of the account balance. This is a great benefit of having a Solo K plan because it can serve as a source of liquidity for your business, investments, and your emergency fund.

As we talked about before, retirement investing is one of the most powerful tax saving tools that you can utilize as a business owner. If you think the Solo K may be the best retirement plan for your business but already have another type of plan established, consider the opportunity to rollover those amounts into a Solo K plan. Most types of retirement accounts can be converted into Solo K funds.

Remember, retirement investing is an extremely powerful tool that allows you to pay towards your retirement rather than to the IRS. As a business owner, retirement planning is an essential component to your tax savings plan so make sure you speak to your tax advisor to take advantage of this powerful tool to significantly reduce your tax bill!

Warmly,
Amanda Han, CPA
The Taxloopholes.com Advisor

NPR senior exec offers to help shield Muslim Brotherhood front group from government audit – Jihad Watch

NPR senior exec offers to help shield Muslim Brotherhood front group from government audit

Project Veritas follows up on its first explosive video here. Watch for Betsy Liley to join the Schillers in the dustbin of history following these latest revelations of NPR executives’ eagerness to be a tool of the stealth jihad. Yet the Leftist/Islamic supremacist alliance is still firmly entrenched in the mainstream media, the academic establishment, and more. Maybe this will turn out to be the beginning of the end of it.

NPR- the depth of their Anti American effort is deeper than I imagined. They are actively encouraging enemies to do their deeds.. and promiste to give them cover. That’s it.. NPR is disgusting.

NPR Muslim Brotherhood Investigation Part I- Undercover Video

Elitism? No, it couldn’t be… Candid viewpoint of NPR- Says TEA party members are “uneducated”, “racist”. This is a revealing and accurate expose of the

Ouch… the truth comes out..

NPR-which receives millions in taxpayer funding. They want to do what they can to support Sharia. What do you think.. Does NPR reflect the sort of values and attitudes that bring America together? The Truth is, NPR is a far left organization designed to help fundamentally transform (Marxist speak) America.