Anne Marie Gurney is the Oregon Director in at the Freedom Foundation where she focuses on holding local governments and public-sector unions accountable to citizens. She has been a small business owner and a school board member. Anne Marie became a passionate about school choice after working with other parents to keep her children’s online charter school open. Since then she has been active in local politics on issues including education, transportation, labor, and open government. Anne Marie is a graduate of Multnomah University in Portland,where she lives with her family, which includes a dog, a cat and three chickens.
Oregon residents – or at least the ones paying attention – already know Measure 97 is a terrible idea that will raise taxes, kill jobs and drive business out of the state. But it can’t be repeated often enough who’s behind the looming ballot boondoggle.
Following the example of their legislative counterparts in Washington, 24 Oregon legislators, elected leaders and candidates this spring signed a letter of complaint to the Oregon Attorney General questioning the mission of the Freedom Foundation.
Since 2012, Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Canby) has been proposing a bill that would require bill amendments to carry the name of a legislator because–believe it or not–many don’t.
The calculated disrespect for open government demonstrated by the Oregon’s attorney general in response to a simple information request filed by the Freedom Foundation last year was so egregious it prompted even the reliably liberal Oregonian to publish an editorial this week essentially calling for her removal from office.
“Release Time” is a practice that allows public employees to conduct union business during working hours without loss of pay. A number of union activities can legally performed while employees are on release time, including contract negotiations, lobbying, attending union meetings/conferences and processing grievances.
Oregon interim-Gov. Kate Brown’s recent actions speak louder than her hollow rhetoric on the subject of transparency.
Oregon’s freshly inked “motor voter” legislation is a bad idea that has long been planned and orchestrated by George Soros. Soros, you may recall, is a Hungarian-born billionaire who has clearly stated his disdain for democracy and desire to move America towards a European-style socialism—in other words, the prototypical liberal influence peddler.
(WEA spokeswoman) claims this story is a “non-issue,” “noise” and a “distraction,” and she would fight any efforts to change the system.