Monthly Archives: January 2011

UPDATE 4: The Fight To Reinstate Ballot Measure 8

The Oregon Tax Court judge has denied my motion to disqualify him from my tax refund case.  That case is Re v. Department of Revenue, TC 4973.   As a result of that denial, I intend to file a Petition in the … Continue reading

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PERS Status of Oregon’s 12 new Legislators

In November, 2010, 12 new legislators were elected to the Oregon Legislative Assembly, 3  Senators, Lee Beyer(D), Alan Olsen(R) and Chuck Thomsen(R) and 9  Representatives, Wally Hicks(R), Katie Brewer(R), Patrick Sheehan(R), Mark Johnson(R), Jason Conger(R), Julie Parrish(R), Shawn Lindsay(R), Mike McLane(R) and … Continue reading

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Enhancement of PERS Benefits Between 1975 and 1995

The PERS website has a chart that shows the enhancements, caps and reductions in PERS Benefits from 1972 through 2009.  That chart shows that after the legislator’s allowed themselves to retroactively join PERS in 1975, more PERS benefit enhancements were implemented than … Continue reading

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Legislators and Oregon’s Ethics Code, Part 4

          The first three parts of this series examined the conflict between Oregon’s legislators, the  Ethics Code and the law that allowed legislators to join PERS. That conflict began in 1975 when two major pieces of legislation went into effect.  One was the Oregon Ethics … Continue reading

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Legislators and Oregon’s Ethics Code, Part 3

In 1995, a number of bills were introduced in the Oregon legislature to reduce PERS benefits.  PERS had been intended to provide a general service PERS employee with a retirement benefit of approximately 50% of the employee’s salary at age … Continue reading

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Legislators and Oregon’s Ethics Code, Part 2

              After the Oregon legislators passed a law which allowed them to retroactively join PERS in 1975, most of the legislators joined.  That PERS majority then began to fundamentally restructure PERS.  In the mid-1970s, PERS was intended to provide a  general … Continue reading

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Legislators and Oregon’s Ethics Code, Part 1

In 1974 the people of Oregon adopted the Oregon Ethics Code which had been referred to them by the Oregon legislature.  The very first provision of the Code declared that a public office was a public trust.  That declaration recognized … Continue reading

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