Mark & Dave: Arts tax? Back to drawing board
Do you know how many Portlanders actually paid their $35 arts tax last year? Only about 55 percent. So now, the city is hiring debt collectors to go after the folks who fail to pay. Just what we need, another overly aggressive rude person taking money out of your pocket and giving it to the city of Portland. Sounds like a job for Randy Leonard.
Clearly the city of Portland needs to find a better way to collect the arts tax. Heres an idea: Just tack it to the water bill problem solved. Oh, strike that. Theres no room left on that bill.
Cops in Portland soon will be walking a beat in a handful of neighborhoods. Officials think that more one-on-one interaction between officers and citizens will reduce crime rates. Its also a great way to tell if you live in a bad neighborhood. If cops are the only people walking your streets, then you do.
A burglary suspect in Vancouver was tackled and held down by an alert homeowner last week. In the course of the struggle, the suspect pleaded to be released because he had just, as he said, pooped his pants ... The homeowner immediately recognized the would-be burglar was telling the truth, but refused to let him go. We wont lie, we would have let go. Would you have continued to hold him down? Now lets see how well he can hold it together in prison.
Heres something that will make you feel, well, small. A sixth-grader from Oklahoma set the national record for Girl Scout cookie sales at 18,107 boxes. These werent office sales either, but at the 12-year-olds stand which she set up weekdays after school and on weekends, often putting in more than 40 hours per week. The No. 1 seller? Thin Mints. This might explain the rapid rise in Oklahomas obesity rate.
You read the story about the Portland woman who saved $3,000 as a down payment for her dream home, only to be forced to choose between the house or her dogs emergency surgery. She was just about to decide when a pet fundraising website raised more money than she needed. Interesting how we will jump to the aid of animals we dont know, but when it comes time to throw a few bucks at Right 2 Dream Too, hey, dont touch my wallet.
Our Vancouver readers will be happy to hear that Washington State made WalletHubs list of Top 10 states with the lowest taxes. Clearly they didnt factor in those souls who work across the border in Oregon. All of a sudden no one is smiling anymore. Wyoming is the state that taxes its citizens least at 66 percent below the national average. Then again, youd have to live in Wyoming, so theres that.
Tim Carr, a Republican who wants to be governor, says legalizing marijuana and taxing it heavily would make Oregon an economic juggernaut. And while he was quick to tell us he is not a user (but some of his friends are) he wont turn a blind eye to weed and hemps economic potential. Things grow here! Were not sure what shocks us more: that a candidate is ready to turn us into Americas pot supplier, or that it was a Republican who said it.
An Alaska state senator wants women to take pregnancy tests before drinking in bars. Why? He wants to do away with fetal alcohol syndrome. He claims if women find out theyre pregnant at the bar theyll stop drinking. And we think when they sober up, theyll vote for his opponent. Mark and Dave suggest background checks on all the men who enter bars. Lets make sure they have the means to support a child before they start drinking. You with us?
Kudos to Metal Toad, the Portland web development company thats asking Gov. John Kitzhaber to think twice about totally ditching the Cover Oregon website for the federal version. For a cool $10 million they think they can deliver a functional made-in-Oregon model. The guv likes to suggest that we, as citizens, shop at home. Maybe he can do the same? Just saying, if were wasting money anyway, why not waste it in
The Miami Marlins team president wants the major league baseball franchise to play faster. He said the games are taking too long. Not if youre the Hillsboro Hops. Compared with the drive from Portland to Hillsboro, the game flies by.
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