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OP-ED: 2016 elections are over – where do we go from here?

Nearly 50 years ago, another Republican President-elect, Richard Nixon, spoke of the “silent majority.” He described these Americans as a large and normally undemonstrative cross-section of the country that just went about their business. These Americans worked hard and didn’t … Continue reading

The Importance of Balance in Government

The Ancient Greeks spoke and wrote of the importance of balance. This concept embodied the ideals of excellence of character and soundness of mind, which when combined in one well-balanced individual leads to other qualities, such as temperance, moderation, prudence … Continue reading

OP-ED: Looking at the need for real tax reform in Oregon

Soon after these comments are published, Oregon voters will decide the fate of the second major proposal to reshape state taxation in less than a decade. But this month’s column isn’t focused solely on Measure 97 (although I will say … Continue reading

What Breakout Sessions will you be attending Saturday, August 13?

2016 AGC Summer Convention Sunriver Resort Ι Sunriver, Oregon August 11–13 If You’re Not First, You’re Last! CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE   Presented by Saturday, August 13 is packed full with a wide range of top notch breakout … Continue reading

Premier Breakout Session Just Added

2016 AGC Summer Convention Sunriver Resort Ι Sunriver, Oregon August 11–13 If You’re Not First, You’re Last! CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE   Presented by Premier Breakout Session Just Added to the Convention Schedule Saturday, August 13 11:00 am–12:00 … Continue reading

OP-Ed: Government and the total cost of citizenship

In the words of Ted Nugent, “If there was a Hall of Fame of Common Sense, a huge statue of Grover Norquist would be at the front door.” As the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), Norquist … Continue reading

OP-ED: Oregon’s initiative and referendum process: a growing crisis

This column originally appeared in The Daily Journal of Commerce in Buildings Bridges and Roads By: Mike Salsgiver Oregon’s system of “direct government” is failing us. That is a strong statement, I know, but first a little American history. The … Continue reading

OP-ED: Initiative Petition 28 is bad for business

This column originally appeared in The Daily Journal of Commerce in Buildings Bridges and Roads By: Mike Salsgiver Since 1990, when voters approved Measure 5 to place limits on property taxes, we have seen policy-making power taken from the hands … Continue reading

AGC’s Southwestern Travels

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been some events for our members across the southwest regions of the chapter. Our members in the outlying areas of the state may be spread out, but they have a strong connection … Continue reading

OP-ED: Following elections, state issues will mirror federal ones

This column originally appeared in The Daily Journal of Commerce in Buildings Bridges and Roads By: Mike Salsgiver  The big story of the 2014 elections at the national level is the Republicans taking the majority in the Senate and further … Continue reading


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