James Foster for Governor http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign James Foster is a Libertarian Candidate for Governor of Oregon Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:10:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Protecting the Environment http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/09/protecting-the-environment/ http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/09/protecting-the-environment/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:10:30 +0000 http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/?p=196 How to care for the environment is a difficult issue and it is certainly easy to imagine how “capitalism” would be problematic. Wouldn’t corporations look to short-term profit rather than long-term stewardship? Perhaps, but government management isn’t always better. Consider the

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How to care for the environment is a difficult issue and it is certainly easy to imagine how “capitalism” would be problematic. Wouldn’t corporations look to short-term profit rather than long-term stewardship? Perhaps, but government management isn’t always better.

Consider the case of Ravenna Park in Seattle. It opened in “1887 as a privately operated destination called Ravenna Springs Park. It featured nature trails and mineral springs touted for their supposed healthful qualities. Over the following decades, owners William and Louise Beck (1860-1928) promoted the park under various names including Big Tree Park” to highlight its giant old-growth Douglas Firs. “By 1902 it had become so popular that 10,000 visitors reportedly paid the 25-cent admission fee.” The owners continued to upgrade trails and add amenities and attractions and the park was featured in the 1909 world’s fair.

In 1910 the city of Seattle condemned the 60-acre park and diverted Ravenna creek (with its once bountiful fish runs) into a sewer line. In 1913 the Seattle Parks Superintendent profited by privately selling a few otherwise health old-growth Douglas Firs for firewood. Sadly, “within a few years all the old-growth giants were gone” and none of that size remain anywhere in the world.

Would the same fate have befallen the trees under private ownership? Maybe, but it seems unlikely that it would have happened as quickly!

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Oregon’s Environmental Mandate Increases Oil Trains http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/09/oregons-environmental-mandate-increases-oil-trains/ http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/09/oregons-environmental-mandate-increases-oil-trains/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:38:29 +0000 http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/?p=193 Oregon’s low-carbon fuel mandate means that refineries that serve neighboring states cannot directly serve Oregon. This was promoted as a feature to encourage new production facilities and jobs in the state, but after tens of millions of government subsidies, much of

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Oregon’s low-carbon fuel mandate means that refineries that serve neighboring states cannot directly serve Oregon. This was promoted as a feature to encourage new production facilities and jobs in the state, but after tens of millions of government subsidies, much of Oregon’s ethanol comes from the Midwest by rail. Is this what the environmentalists want? Not to mention, the ethanol boondoggle is a poor way to decrease dependence on foreign oil and is actually counterproductive with respect to carbon emissions.

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Driving out Entry-Level Jobs http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/09/driving-entry-level-jobs/ http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/09/driving-entry-level-jobs/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:06:11 +0000 http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/?p=191 Oregon is on track to have the highest minimum-wage in the country. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office recognizes that some low-skilled workers would find themselves unemployed with increases in mandatory wages. A better approach would be for the government to remove

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Oregon is on track to have the highest minimum-wage in the country. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office recognizes that some low-skilled workers would find themselves unemployed with increases in mandatory wages. A better approach would be for the government to remove barriers to job creation and allow business and workers more flexibility in labor decisions.

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Alternatives to the Gas Tax http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/09/alternatives-gas-tax/ http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/09/alternatives-gas-tax/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:53:52 +0000 http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/?p=189 A sophisticated user fee would cover not just miles but would be time and location based to address demand and the cost of installation and maintenance. With less congestion there would be less pollution and better throughput. Oregon is taking baby

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A sophisticated user fee would cover not just miles but would be time and location based to address demand and the cost of installation and maintenance. With less congestion there would be less pollution and better throughput. Oregon is taking baby steps in the right direction but needs to do more!

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Permission to Work? http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/09/permission-to-work/ http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/09/permission-to-work/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:42:33 +0000 http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/?p=179 Oregon’s occupational licensing laws are among the most broad and onerous according to the Institute for Justice. For example, Oregon is one of only four states that require a license in order to do the work of a Cross-connection Survey Inspector

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Oregon’s occupational licensing laws are among the most broad and onerous according to the Institute for Justice. For example, Oregon is one of only four states that require a license in order to do the work of a Cross-connection Survey Inspector (checking pipe connections to prevent backflow). While the other three states require less than two weeks of education/experience (and and 47 have no requirements), Oregon requires more than five years (plus two exams and a fee of $415)!

Oregon requires 5-6 months of education/experience in order to work as a Makeup Artist. Oregon is one of only 13 states that require a license to work as a Bartender (and only one of four that has an exam). And surely we could trust people to choose their own hair braider without getting permission from the government!

Overall we could increase employment opportunities (particularly for low-income workers) and decrease the cost of goods and services if we reduced barriers to entry.

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Resisting Federal Intimidation http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/04/against-real-id/ http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/04/against-real-id/#respond Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:23:40 +0000 http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/?p=171 In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act setting detailed standards for licenses and IDs, requiring nationwide sharing of DMV records, and barred federal agencies from accepting IDs from non-compliant states starting in May of 2008. Like many other states, Oregon

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Real ID

Do we want a national ID card that is required for travel?

In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act setting detailed standards for licenses and IDs, requiring nationwide sharing of DMV records, and barred federal agencies from accepting IDs from non-compliant states starting in May of 2008. Like many other states, Oregon chose not to comply and the executive branch choose to rewrite the law to change the standards and change the start date (as has been done with healthcare and immigration).

The United States Department of Transportation continues its campaign to get states to join a national identification system (and news reports speak of a “hard deadline“), and Oregon is (so far) standing firm against the intimidation. Cato Institute’s Jim Harper characterizes Oregon as “a hero for standing up to DHS’s power grab and federal power grabs in general when it comes to personal data. The state’s example should be a model for other jurisdictions across the country.”

As Governor I would work to maintain the data privacy of Oregon citizens and fight against federal efforts to implement a national identification system.

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The Legislature that Cried “Wolf” http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/04/legislature-cried-wolf/ http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/04/legislature-cried-wolf/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:55:44 +0000 http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/?p=167 According to the Oregon State Constitution, “No act shall take effect, until ninety days from the end of the session at which the same shall have been passed, except in case of emergency; which emergency shall be declared in the

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According to the Oregon State Constitution, “No act shall take effect, until ninety days from the end of the session at which the same shall have been passed, except in case of emergency; which emergency shall be declared in the preamble, or in the body of the law.” Furthermore, “The people reserve to themselves the referendum power, which is to approve or reject at an election any Act, or part thereof, of the Legislative Assembly that does not become effective earlier than 90 days after the end of the session at which the Act is passed.”

So, the people have a referendum power, but the legislature can circumvent it by adding an emergency clause. How often is this done? It is difficult to find actual numbers, but many controversial bills include an emergency declaration:

  • The “motor voter” law (HB 2177)
  • The law requiring background checks for private sales of firearms (SB 941)
  • A repeal of the sunset on provisions related to low carbon fuel standards (SB 324)
  • Increasing the minimum wage (SB 1532)

Other fake emergencies should not have been controversial, but got the designation anyway:

  • Reducing the Travel Information Council from 11 members to nine (SB 139)
  • Setting the criteria for a minor political party for the 2018 election (SB 1501)
  • A bill requiring grand jury proceedings to be tape-recorded (SB 822)
  • Train teachers related to dyslexia (SB 612)
  • Funding a new convention center hotel (SB 927)
  • Conduct a study on how to increase mathematics majors (SB 1540)
  • Develop statewide education plan to address chronic absences of students in public schools (HB 4002)

emg-nofake-piechart-toonOne solution is to require a two-thirds supermajority for emergency legislation. I support this effort and have signed the petition (as has candidate Bud Pierce). Until we have a Constitutional amendment, however, another solution is available.

According to the Oregon Constitution, “The Governor shall have power to veto … any provision in new bills declaring an emergency, without thereby affecting any other provision of such bill.” As governor I would exercise this veto authority for anything except a true emergency.

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Candidate for Governor in 2016 http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/04/candidate-governor-2016/ http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2016/04/candidate-governor-2016/#respond Sun, 03 Apr 2016 04:09:35 +0000 http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/?p=164 As more people are becoming frustrated with the “major” political parties, we need to help those who are fiscally conservative and socially tolerant to find a political home in the Party of Principle. To that end I have asked the

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As more people are becoming frustrated with the “major” political parties, we need to help those who are fiscally conservative and socially tolerant to find a political home in the Party of Principle. To that end I have asked the Libertarian Party of Oregon to include my name in the primary ballot as a candidate for Governor. Please join me in promoting liberty!

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Drugs and Race http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2014/10/drugs-race/ http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2014/10/drugs-race/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:29:07 +0000 http://www.jgfoster.net/?p=155 “White people are more likely to deal drugs, but black people are more likely to get arrested for it,” according to The Washington Post. If this is a surprise, then you haven’t been paying attention!

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“White people are more likely to deal drugs, but black people are more likely to get arrested for it,” according to The Washington Post. If this is a surprise, then you haven’t been paying attention!

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Libertarian Party submits statement in opposition to Oregon “top two” http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2014/10/libertarian-party-submits-statement-opposition-oregon-top-two/ http://www.jamesfoster.info/campaign/2014/10/libertarian-party-submits-statement-opposition-oregon-top-two/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:37:34 +0000 http://www.jgfoster.net/?p=153 The Libertarian Party has issued a press release with a copy of their statement opposing Oregon’s Measure 90. I plan to vote ‘No’ on Measure 90.

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The Libertarian Party has issued a press release with a copy of their statement opposing Oregon’s Measure 90. I plan to vote ‘No’ on Measure 90.

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