Using kids to file environmental lawsuits: Fair or exploitative?

By   /  August 19, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News, Oregon, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo collage of federal youth plaintiffs from Our Children's Trust website

In their battle against fossil fuels, environmental organizations have long used the courts to achieve what they can’t win in the marketplace. But in an increasing number of recent lawsuits, those organizations are employing a new twist: Using kids as plaintiffs.

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Tesla got $295M in subsidies for technology it didn’t offer

By   /  July 23, 2015  /  California, Energy and Environment, Maine, National, New York, Oregon, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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“This isn’t a science fair. We should be paying for results,” said a California lawmaker of the Tesla Motors subsidies.

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No more free rides? Oregon pay-as-you-go plan could one day fund highways

By   /  July 16, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, News, Oregon, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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As part of this year’s budget, the Oregon Legislature created a pilot program for a new per-mile driving tax that could one day replace gasoline taxes as the primary form of revenue for the state’s highway fund. The new program is entirely voluntary in the first year – sign up, and you’ll get reimbursed for any gasoline taxes you pay at the pump, but you’ll owe the state 1.5 cents for every mile you drive.

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EPA doesn’t care about Oregon’s low-carbon footprint

By   /  June 23, 2015  /  Oregon, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Under EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, Oregon will have to reach harsh carbon cuts despite its strong record on lowering the state’s footprint.

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Oregon’s proposed sick leave law doesn’t fit all

By   /  June 18, 2015  /  Opinion, Oregon  /  No Comments

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By Anna Mae Kersey | Watchdog Opinion
Senate Bill 454, which mandates that employers implement paid sick leave for employees, may leave small business owners and the agriculture industry in the dust.
SB 454 states, “Employers that employ at least 10 employees working anywhere in this state shall implement a sick time policy that allows an employee […]

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Minimum wage follies

By   /  June 10, 2015  /  Opinion, Oregon  /  No Comments

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By Steve Buckstein | Watchdog Opinion
Fourteen bills have been introduced in the Oregon legislature to raise Oregon’s already high minimum wage or let localities do so. Apparently, some legislators believe that political laws can override the laws of economics.
In this case, the law of supply and demand tells us that raising the price of labor […]

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