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Oregon Mandates Lower Fuel Economy

Yes, that’s correct — the state of Oregon legislated a mandatory lowering of fuel economy as it’s now required that all gasoline sold must be an E10 mix of gas/ethanol. Of course, ethanol is not without problems, not the least is it tends to attract water, and its solvent properties can ruin older engines (and boats, chain saws, lawnmowers and more). The bigger problem is it reduces fuel economy by about 5% (with the range of 3-10%), and since the law requires it, even if Oregon has millions of gallons of gas available, an ethanol shortage will cause severe disruptions in supply.

So if you live in Oregon, when you fill up with E10 notice you’re actually spending more on gas (and getting less miles per tank) than you did before. The effect of this law is a massive tax on hard-working Oregon citizens — a 5% decrease in fuel economy equating to about a $.20/gallon *increase* in the price of gas — as well as increasing gas consumption at a time when conservation should be the goal. Great ideas when gas is $4/gallon — brought to you by the Oregon legislature and Governor Kulongoski.

Oregon government — raising gas prices, decreasing fuel economy, increasing gas consumption and creating the perfect storm for gas shortages. We can’t imagine anyone with an IQ above single digits actually believing this is a good idea, so were some back-room deals done to push this absurdity onto Oregon citizens? Who knows, but we’d sure like to know what they were thinking to believe this was a good idea.

Insane ideas like this demonstrate why government gridlock is good; the less legislating done, the better off citizens are.

Note: If you’re actually for this idea, please leave a note and explain why increasing gas consumption, raising prices, decreasing fuel economy, increasing food prices, causing food shortages, and damaging engines is actually a good idea — we’d really like to know.

Lane County Budget – Stewart Wants More Money

Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart still wants more money, and apparently hasn’t listened to citizens stating public safety is number one priority — NOT the “Land management manager” position currently being filled ($100k/year).

“The bottom line is, we’re going to have to say ‘no’ to get this budget balanced,” Stewart said after Wednesday’s meeting. “It’s going to be imperative that the commissioners, the community and our partners work together — immediately — to try to find revenue to instigate the programs that the citizens vitally need.”

That’s right, Commissioner Stewart, citizens vitally need more managers — Land Management ($100k/year) being the current priority for more managers OVER public safety. Are more managers your priority over public safety? They sure are for Lane County Commissioners as they continue hiring while layoffs begin in public safety.

Right now Lane County is hiring another manager — at $100k/year. So cut animal control, sheriff and the jail, but there’s always money for more managers. That’s the position of Commissioner Stewart, who is still stuck in nothing-but-more-taxes mode to pay for all his new hiring.

Here’s what we’ve found since the “budget crisis” began. See for yourself at http://www.co.lane.or.us/jobs/ — the hiring continues, but Lane County Commissioners have to slash public safety and release criminals to pay for all this hiring.

Are these your priorities over public safety? How much money could be saved by leaving some of these jobs unfilled? (Of course, this is only a fraction of the hiring — visit Lane County’s page for the latest on the hiring binge).

May 8 2008

  • 208-070 LAND MANAGEMENT MANAGER $67,309 – $100,963 annually
  • 208-062 EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST 1 $32,365 – $44,824 / annually
  • 208-023 SR PROGRAMMER & SYSTEMS ANALYST $49,254 – $68,203 annually
  • 207-136 SENIOR SYSTEM NETWORK ANALYST $49,254-$68,203/annually

April 22 2008

  • 208-062 EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST 1 Salary: $32,365 – $44,824
  • 208-067 FAMILY MEDIATOR Salary: $17.61 – $24.40 / hour
  • 208-058 INFORMATION SERVICES ANALYST Salary: $42,474 – $58,802/annually
  • 208-059 SENIOR PLANNER Salary: $44,616 – $61,797 annually
  • 208-064 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Salary: $15.95 – $22.10/hourly
  • 208-053 ASSOCIATE SURVEYOR Salary: $42,266 – $58,594 annually

Mar 27 2008

  • 207-142 PSYCHIATRIST – .5 FTE (20 hours) $52,644.80-$73,008.00
  • 208-054 ENGINEERING ASSOCIATE (Working Title: Utility Coordinator ) $40,227 – 55,765
  • 907-021 Extra Help – On-Call Juvenile Cook $10.22/hour
  • 208-047 Kennel Attendant $10.22 – $14.16/hour
  • 208-048 PLANNER $37,544 – $52,042
  • 207-136 SENIOR SYSTEM NETWORK ANALYST $49,254-$68,203
  • 208-023 Sr. Programmer & Systems Analyst $49,254 – $68,203
  • 208-045 YOUTH SERVICES EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM SUPERVISOR (Official Title: PROGRAM SUPERVISOR) $53,144 – $79,726

Mar 13 2008

  • 207-121 MENTAL HEALTH MEDICAL OFFICER (Official Title: MANAGER) Salary: $122,117-$169,312/annually
  • 208-033 PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR (Official Title: DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR) Salary: $78,978 – $118,477 annually
  • 208-009 Sr. System Network Analyst (Working Title: PROJECT MANAGER) Salary: $49,254-$68,203/annually
  • 208-045 YOUTH SERVICES EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM SUPERVISOR (Official Title: PROGRAM SUPERVISOR) Salary: $53,144 – $79,726 annually

Feb 6 2008

  • 208-014 DESIGN ENGINEER OR DESIGN ENGINEERING SUPERVISOR $56,680 – $85,030 annually
  • 207-121 MENTAL HEALTH MEDICAL OFFICER (Official Title: MANAGER) $122,117-$169,312/annually
  • 208-007 Program Manager $62,005-$92,997/annually
  • 208-009 Sr. System Network Analyst (Working Title: PROJECT MANAGER) $49,254-$68,203/annually

July 11 2007

  • 207-025 LAND MANAGEMENT MANAGER $67,304 – $100,956
  • 207-068 MANAGER (Working Title:Project Management Office Manager) $64,353 – $96,530
  • 207-039 SENIOR PLANS EXAMINER $19.92 – $27.59/hour
  • 207-055 ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYST
  • 207-053 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
  • 207-057 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF YOUTH SERVICES
  • 907-007 EXTRA HELP – Clerical
  • 207-029 NUISANCE ABATEMENT SPECIALIST

June 12 2007

  • 207-021 BUILDING PROGRAM MANAGER. Filled May 25, 2007.
  • 207-016 Performance Development & Diversity Coordinator. Filled May 30, 2007.
  • 207-025 LAND MANAGEMENT MANAGER. Currently conducting interviews.
  • 207-029 NUISANCE ABATEMENT SPECIALIST. Filled May 25, 2007.
  • 207-024 PROPERTY APPRAISER 3. Conducting interviews.

May 31, 2007

  • 207-044 CLINICAL SERVICES SUPERVISOR ($25-$33/hour)
  • 207-037 MHO CARE COORDINATION SPECIALIST ($19-$27/hour)
  • 207-040 PHYSICIAN ($90,000 – $125,000 /year)
  • 3 Network Programmers/analysts ($50,000 – $68,000 / year)
  • 206-146 ASSISTANT COUNTY COUNSEL (not just one, but two!)
  • And our personal favorite: 207-029 NUISANCE ABATEMENT SPECIALIST