By Peter Toll
National headlines often state humongous numbers while those of us out here in the hinterlands feel less and less in control as Republicans try to gut funding for vital social problems and hand us the bill while passing on grandiose tax savings to the ultra-rich.
So how does President Trump’s proposed Waldencare legislation and tax plan impact us financially? Trump wants to gut your health care and drop all deductions for state, local and property taxes. Continue reading
By Peter Toll
Rep. Greg Walden after voting against last week’s shutdown deal (Associated Press)
Clackamas County offers a high point of an otherwise grim report on growing poverty in a study produced by the Oregon Center For Public Policy.
Our county has the lowest level of child poverty in the state at 15.9 percent against the state average of 23.4 percent for all Oregon counties. In other words, 15 of every 100 youngsters in our schools live at or below the poverty line compared to nearly a quarter of all school students in Oregon. Something to think about next time the Oregon Food Bank asks for support.
Food, of course, is a downright necessity for youngsters as brains need food to develop and grow properly so kids can learn. And, surprise, food supplies to poor people through the federal SNAP (formerly food stamp) program were a favorite target of the GOP in Congress this year. Continue reading