Month: April 2004

Separation of electrical and political power

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

Even after voters soundly rejected a government takeover of Portland General Electric, Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten still wants the city to take over PGE.

Sten particularly opposes Oregon Electric’s purchase offer for PGE because (more…)

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Power of the purse accountability

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Bob Williams, president of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, once served as a Washington state legislator. He often tells the story about a state government department that didn’t want to provide him and other legislators with requested information. So, Williams cut the department’s budget to zero.

What happened next? Williams and his colleagues got the (more…)

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Prioritize police, privatize entertainment

QuickPoint!

For the 2004-05 city budget, Portland Mayor Vera Katz proposes hiring 20 police officers — part of a plan to fill 54 vacant positions at the Police Bureau. To pay for this, she allocates a mere $1 million out of the $370 million general-fund. Ahead of the police is (more…)

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The benefits of outsourcing

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

Oregon finds itself in the middle of one of this year’s hottest presidential campaign issues: outsourcing. The state contracts with a company that uses call centers in India to answer Oregonians’ questions about food stamp and welfare payments. Is this a good policy, or an act of treason?

Lately, Senator John Kerry has called (more…)

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