Oh, and there's that, too...
The elephant in the room is eating away at our budget. Why is it the only discussion our Governor has about the state budget revolves around cutting benefits to PERS employees (who earned them) and letting dangerous criminals out of jail to prey on Oregon citizens.
Worse yet, his plans often include ideas about what our state can do for those who are in our country illegally...how can we make their life better, easier and more convenient for them.
As a lifelong Oregonian I would like to hear some ideas about how our governor intends to make life better (and safer) for the citizens and legal residents of Oregon. What is most often left out of budget discussions, is the honest conversation about the real cost of illegal aliens in our state. With over 8% unemployment in Oregon, there is never a discussion about the estimated 100,000 working illegal aliens and 200,000 unemployed citizens. The Oregon Legislature won't even hear any bills requiring employers to use free and easy to use employment verification called E-Verify.
Our elected officials owe us that courtesy because reports show that families illegally in our state cost the tax-payers over $700 million just in services every year.
Do you ever see that kind of information printed in budget reports, newspapers or do you ever hear it on the news? Not likely.
The Governor's next move is to cut services to citizens to offset the cost of spending our tax dollars on sending illegal alien students to state universities and only charging them in-state tuition rates, instead of out of state tuition....which, by the way, legal citizens have to pay if they want to attend an Oregon school.
Read this article about how the governor justifies cutting programs to citizens, but just "slips in" the reason why.