Yes, the public employee unions have a sales tax measure on the November ballot that isn't really a sales tax, to hear them tell it. If passed, it'll dump an estimated $3 billion a year into the state general fund, which advocates claim can only be used for education and senior services, despite the fact that money dumped into the general fund can - and will - be used to fund any hairball scheme that our Democrat overlords decide to fund.
By the state's own reckoning (supported by a PSU study that advocates tried desperately to influence), that money will result in 33,000 new public employee jobs while the private sector will see a decline of over 20,000 jobs. Money will also be dumped into the Public Employee Retirement System, which is currently at a $21 billion deficit and growing. And just to keep treading water:
Schools, cities, state agencies and other public employers across Oregon will have to pony up an extra $885 million next biennium to fund the state's public pension system.
They Need Moar Munny! And it needs to come from you, because when prices rise, they'll just "negotiate" wage increases to cover that. Right now in California, SEIU is demanding a 22% pay increase and have rejected the state offer of 12%.
If you don't think Oregon public employees won't push for the same thing, you've not been paying attention.
Congress controls the purse strings in the USA, and sanctuary cities and states are about to find out just what that means.
California state and local law enforcement agencies may have to choose between more than $100 million in federal aid and the “sanctuary city” immigration policies that supporters say are humane, but critics say fuel crime.
The policies, whether in writing or just in practice, preclude local law enforcement from working with federal authorities when they catch an illegal immigrant who by law faces deportation. The laws have sparked a national controversy in the wake of dozens of murders and other violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants who local law enforcement did not report to the Department of Homeland Security.
Republicans in Congress, saying such non-cooperation is illegal, forced the Department of Justice to condition grants on compliance. For California, which enacted the California Trust Act, that could mean as much as $135 million in grants will be withheld.
That may not sound like much, but to generally cash-strapped law enforcement agencies it is, as Joe Biden might say, "a big Effing deal". In California, their "Trust Act" has just been declared illegal. The entire state is now ineligible for federal grants, as is the state of Connecticut and a number of other proud "sanctuary" jurisdictions.
Rep. John Abney Culberson, R-Texas, said cities and states that embrace sanctuary policies can be stripped of federal grants, including the entire states of Connecticut and California, as well as Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia, which were audited in the Inspector General report.
“If these ten jurisdictions do not repeal their sanctuary policies to comply with this federal immigration law, they will not be eligible for Byrne-JAG and State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) law enforcement grants and could be subject to civil and criminal penalties,” Culberson said in a statement. “Under the new Department of Justice grant guidelines, these ten jurisdictions will now have to choose between receiving law enforcement grant money or protecting criminal illegal aliens. They can no longer do both. If these jurisdictions refuse to comply they could also be forced to repay every dollar they have received from these grant programs.”
Yep, the hammer's coming down, and it's long overdue. Barry's buddy Rahm Emmanuel, presently mayor of Chicago (one of the few cities in America where the murder rate is escalating rather than declining) is entirely predictable in his reaction to this development:
The mayor of Chicago, the IG report noted, has been defiant, stating publicly, “we are not going to turn people over to ICE, and we are not going to check their immigration status. We will check for criminal background, but not for immigration status.”
“This is a big deal,” said Vaughan. “This OIG report is the clearest statement yet from the federal government that sanctuary policies like California’s and Chicago’s obstruct immigration enforcement and violate federal law.”
Chicago is insolvent, but by golly they're not going to adhere to federal law on Rahm's watch. Maybe Rahm can just print his own money.
Yes, that's actually the title of a document outlining a new administrative rule in Oregon that requires cities to reduce the number of available parking places by 10% per capita. The goal, of course, is to force people out of their cars and onto public transit in order to Save The Planet™. Because Oregon, you know, is going to manage that all by its self-important little self. And if it takes bureaucrats in Salem writing new rules to force you into compliance, it's no problem.
Last week, a new Uber-style app took off that promised users out walking their dogs that with the push of a button, someone would be dispatched to pick up the dog-poop.
In a society where you can order dinner, get a ride, rent out a room in your home, find a parking space, and hire someone to walk your dog — all with the click of a button — I suppose it was only a matter of time before we found ways to utilize the sharing economy for even the most menial of life's tasks.
Tens of thousands of people visited the Pooper website within a week.
And in a rather unfortunate reflection of the times, 70% of the people who signed up for their email list expressed an interest in becoming a pooper-scooper themselves.
The project, of course, was nothing more than that: it was intended to see where - if anywhere - the silly app-line gets crossed. Apparently, there is no such line.
Yep, ol' Jesse got hisself caught driving a stolen minivan up dere in Seattle - also got charged with attempting to elude and resisting arrest. But that's all okay, because he be black, and the cops is all racist profilers.
Darn. Seattle PD released the video of the bust. Yep, the guy's a Democratic, all right.
Muslim community leaders in the French town where the priest, Fr. Jacques Hamel, 86, was murdered have refused to bury one of the two men who killed him. Adel Kermiche, who was 19.
The local Muslim cultural association in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray has told the media that they do not wish to “taint” Islam by associating with Kermiche, who was killed by French police after he took hostages at the town’s 17th-century stone church, alongside Abdel-Malik Petitjean, also 19, on 26 July.
Mohammed Karabila, the president of the Muslim association, who is also an imam at one of the northern French town’s mosques, told Le Parisien: “We’re not going to taint Islam with this person. We won’t participate in preparing the body or the burial.”
It would be interesting to know how they felt about the other murderer. Perhaps some are just better than others.
Don't know about you, but if I woke up next to this, I'd chew my arm off to get away. Even Bill doesn't seem all that enthusiastic, although if he can hang around the White House with nothing much to do....
In the wake of a bunch of murders committed by deranged Muslim "refugees" in recent weeks, Germany's chancellor is in deep trouble as thousands protest her "open door immigration" policy and call for her to be tossed from office. As has become abundantly clear to many in her own country, Angela Merkel constitutes a danger to life, limb, and sanity.