Oregon scores $382 million in stimulus funds
Oregon officially won $382 million of federal stimulus money for schools and colleges today, after Gov. Ted Kulongoski convinced federal officials he will spend enough state money on education and use the federal dollars to help struggling schools improve.
Most Portland-area school districts will hold a full school year this spring, thanks in part to the federal money.
Not thanks in part to federal taxpayers, thanks to the federal government. We "won" and "scored" the money. This propaganda really does reasonate with some people who think that we somehow got free money "for the children."
SEIU steps up campaign for Oregon tax hike
Service Employees Interntional Union, the largest of the Oregon state employee unions, has launched a radio commercial aimed at bolstering public support for raising taxes to preserve government services.
"Certainly prosperous corporations and wealthy Oregonians are a good place to start," said [SEIU Spokesman Ed] Hershey.
Government workers have figured out that voters are selfishly willing to support a tax on their neighbors as long as it doesn't affect them. Except that it usually does affect them and you will notice that SEIU views "the rich" as a good place to start... but there is no good place to stop in their minds.