Feed the Beast

Schools get billions from the state every year. That number is growing fast. Here’s why it’s never enough.

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$7.2 billion is a lot of money. It’s enough to buy every Oregonian a new MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone 6. Or enough to buy every school district in Oregon a $36 million, gently used Gulfstr   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Supreme Court Invalidates 2013 PERS Cuts for Retired Workers: Updated

A split decision will add costs for schools, state agenices and local governments.


The Oregon Supreme Court ruled today that big cuts to the state's public retirement system the Legislature made in 2013 are unconstitutional, slashing the savings taxpayers would have seen under the reforms.The court delivered a split decision: It ruled that cutting the cost of living increases for workers who are already retired violated a contractual promise. That means that some of the total savings ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Grand Bargain Basement

Gov. Kitzhaber says he wants pension reform. But he’s running out of time and votes.

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Last month, Gov. John Kitzhaber tried to force two ancient enemies—public-employee unions and the Oregon Republican Party—to strike a “grand bargain” on pension reform and taxes. He fail   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Longtime Supreme Court Justice Sides with Kitzhaber on PERS Dispute


Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Michael "Mick" Gillette has injected some momentum into Gov. John Kitzhaber's quest to reduce public employee pension benefits by hundreds of millions of dollars during this legislative session.The back story: the big driver of Kitzhaber's proposed cuts is a plan to reduce cost-of-living increases on pension benefit that exceed $24,000 annually. Public employees ...   More
Friday, March 1, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Voices 2013: Julie Parrish

A brash Republican survivor talks about how her party needs to change.

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Julie Parrish knows she’s a political misfit. As she puts it, she’s an immigrant’s kid, a first-generation American from a Lebanese father. She’s an under-40 suburban mom with kids in pu   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 BRENT WALTH

OSHU Gets Workers to Pay 6 Percent PERS Contribution


Oregon Health & Science University won a high-profile concession in its recently concluded contract negotiations with AFSCME Local 328, which represents about 5,300 employees at the city's largest employer. As public-sector employers struggle to contain benefit costs, the practice of employers paying a six percent pension contribution on employees' behalf has come under scrutiny. The practice dates ...   More
Friday, August 31, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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