If the Oregonian ran our government
...we'd be in a world of hurt. Over the last month, the O has editorialized in favor of:
- A new baseball stadium at the Rose Quarter (cost: $50 million).
- Giving the old McCall’s Restaurant (3,843 sq ft) to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation for $1 a year (at the national average of $18 per square foot, the cost is close to $70,000 a year).
- Spending $5 million (hopefully from the federal stimulus package) to rectify horn noise related to the Westside Express Service (WES) trains. (That's on top of the $166 million already paid for construction & the railcar construction company bailout.)
- Pursuing federal stimulus money for “green” projects such as solar-powered highway lighting, a prison and a school. (Unknown cost, based on the overall price-tag and the amount covered by federal dollars.)
- Raising the beer tax, just not as much as Rep. Ben Cannon wants (cost unknown).
- Bailing out failing mortgage holders (cost: $75 billion)
- Building the Columbia River Crossing (cost: $4.2 billion)
- Revamping the nation’s healthcare system (cost unknown)
- Avoiding cuts to state arts funding to prop up other state services (cost: at least $1.8 million)
- Using the Kicker money to create a rainy day fund (cost: at least $1.5 billion)
- "Full speed ahead on high-speed rail" advocated spending $8 billion in federal stimulus money on a nationwide high-speed rail system (though the overall project will cost “far more” than that); and,
- "With a $3 billion hole, first, stop digging" again urged the state to avoid its reserves until the next biennium, because of a projected $3 billion shortfall in 2010-2011, but also said we should expect additional taxes on corporations (i.e. employers), tobacco, gasoline and hospitals, along with an income tax surcharge.