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Where Does Oregon Rank Under Ted Kulongoski?
10/25/06 from Ron Saxton

Oregon is 49th in the nation for law enforcement per capita. (Source: 2005 FBI Uniform Crime Reports)

Oregon has the nation’s 6th highest unemployment rate in the nation at nearly 1 full point above the national average. (Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Oregon has the nation’s 4th worst student per teacher ratio, more than four students per teacher above the national average. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics)

“Oregon has become a free-for-all for property crime offenders. Oregon now has the third-worst rate of property crime of all the states, according to FBI statistics cited by the state progress board.” (The Oregonian, 01.11.06)

“Class sizes in elementary schools are now the second largest in the nation.” (The Oregonian, 09.25.06)

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, Oregon ranks 42nd in the nation as states good for entrepreneurship based on statistics compiled by the National Policy Research Council. (Portland Business Journal, 09.08.06)

Oregon has climbed “from 23rd to 7th in the nation in state and local government fees paid -- an average of more than $1,000 a year by every person.” (The Oregonian, 01.30.05)

Oregon is the nation’s 10th worst state when it comes to having major corporate headquarters. (Source: money.cnn.com)

And let’s not forget the recent grades Ted Kulongoski has earned as governor:

D+ on children’s issues (Children First for Oregon)

D for fiscal management (Cato Institute)

C- for preparation of students for college (National Report Card on Higher Education)

F for college affordability (National Report Card on Higher Education)

D for efforts to improve teacher quality (Education Week)

OREGON CAN DO BETTER. And with real leadership, it will.

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