Uncle Ben says: Buy bonds to help Oregon

| Print |  Email
Sunday, March 01, 2009

STATEWIDE

Uncle Ben Westlund wants YOU to buy Oregon bonds.

Sure, the fine print at the bottom of the state treasurer’s new website buybonds.oregon.gov offers a disclaimer that this is not an offer to sell bonds. But the large-print headline at the top of the page is less ambiguous: BUY OREGON BONDS, it urges the reader, in all capital letters, with the state seal stamped next to Westlund’s name and title, followed by an homage to the “scenic Oregon coast” and the “rugged Oregon outback,” stirring up images of a muscular, eagle-eyed Uncle Sam demanding patriotic investments in 1942.  

The urgency of the appeal is understandable. In February, while the U.S. Senate was dallying over the details of a trillion-dollar stimulus package, the Oregon Legislature acted decisively, passing a $175 million “Go Oregon” package to create an estimated 3,000 jobs. That makes more than $1 billion for building and renovating Oregon roads, hospitals and schools, queued up for bonding.

The tricky part is finding investors. Thus the assurance from Westlund that Oregon muni bonds offer a “secure and safe investment in this time of market chaos… exempt from most federal and state income taxes,” followed by his confidence-building reminder that Oregon has never defaulted on a bond.

It didn’t take long for Westlund’s pitch to bring in retail investors, who bought up a record $130 million in Oregon bonds in the program’s debut week. Similar successes have been reported in California, which pioneered the trend in June 2007. No doubt other states will be joining the bond rush soon, in the name of God, country and anything else that closes the deal.        BEN JACKLET


Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

More Articles

Which Way to Chinatown?

February 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

The Jade International District, already Portland's center of Asian life, is poised for rejuvenation. Where does that leave the westside's historic Chinatown?


Read more...

Justice for All

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.


Read more...

Dan and Louis Oyster Bar opens up to a changing neighborhood

The Latest
Thursday, December 11, 2014
121114-oystervidBy MEGHAN NOLT

VIDEO: Revamping a Classic — an iconic eatery stays relevant in a changing marketplace.


Read more...

Free Falling

Contributed Blogs
Thursday, December 18, 2014
121714-oilprice-thumbBY JASON NORRIS | OB CONTRIBUTOR

The implosion of the energy complex: The best thing for low oil prices is low oil prices.


Read more...

A legislative preview — and celebration

News
Friday, January 23, 2015
012315-speaker-thumbBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

The Northwest Environmental Business Council previews the 2015 legislative agenda as Hatch Oregon celebrates Oregon's new community crowdfunding rules.


Read more...

Crowdfunding 2.0

News
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
120214-crowdfund-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

A conversation with attorney Erich Merrill about the latest way to raise money from large groups of people.


Read more...

See How They Run

January-Powerbook 2015
Friday, December 12, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

Studying ground-running birds, a group that ranks among nature's speediest and most agile bipedal runners, to build a faster robot.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS