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Governor signs Oregon transportation bill
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Governor signs Oregon transportation bill
Brown signed the $5.3 billion legislation Friday but plans to hold a ceremonial signing in Ontario next week.

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Eclipse forecast: Clear (probably)
Eclipse forecast: Clear (probably)
There may be some clouds in the eclipse’s path west of the Cascades, but it is expected to be “viewable,” a meteorologist says.
Brown reverses course on Portland highway veto
Brown reverses course on Portland highway veto
Oregon governor vetoes several other bills.
DACA supporters gather at Oregon Capitol
DACA supporters gather at Oregon Capitol
A few dozen people gathered on Oregon’s capitol mall Monday evening in a show of support for recipients of the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Senate passes bill to raise smoking age to 21
Senate passes bill to raise smoking age to 21
The law aligns the legal age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products with that already established for alcohol and marijuana.
Capitol cafeteria operation goes up for bid
Capitol cafeteria operation goes up for bid
Legislative Administration is putting the operation of the cafeteria in the basement of the Oregon Capitol up for a competitive bid. The cafe has been operated by the Sassy Onion, a Salem restaurant and catering business, since 2010.
GOP calls for special session on health care
The Legislature approved assorted revenues, ranging from a tax on insurance premiums to assessments on hospitals, earlier this year to fund the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program.
Sessions has ‘serious questions’ about Oregon’s pot market
Sessions has ‘serious questions’ about Oregon’s pot market
In a letter to Gov. Kate Brown, the attorney general reiterated DOJ’s authority to enforce federal marijuana laws.
OEA drops tax petition for technical error
Union says it will rewrite measure and file again to get gross receipts tax on ballot.
Rep. Knute Buehler seeks governorship
Buehler said he intended to pursue public pension reform, “restore fiscal sanity to Oregon’s budget,” and work to boost the state’s economy by emphasizing job training and holding back on “excessive, job-killing”...
ODOT confirms Portland traffic is getting worse
ODOT confirms Portland traffic is getting worse
Report shows more residents, more economic activity has led to more traffic and longer commutes.
PERS board lowers assumed rate of return
The change is projected to increase the system’s unfunded actuarial liability by $2 billion.
Lottery revenue grows despite new Ridgefield casino
Three months in, Oregon State Lottery revenues have slowed but continue to grow in the wake of ilani Casino Resort’s debut.
Oregon Lottery considers offering smartphone games
Lottery games offered on mobile devices is a growing trend around the nation and world.
Sentencing reforms seek to reduce incarceration rate, racial profiling
Sentencing reforms seek to reduce incarceration rate, racial profiling
Two laws passed by the Oregon Legislature reduce sentences for drug and property crimes.
Task force eyes state assets that could reduce PERS liability
Task force eyes state assets that could reduce PERS liability
Gov. Brown wants recommendations on ways to reduce the pension system’s unfunded liability by $5 billion.
Richardson accused of conflict of interest in provider tax repeal
Richardson accused of conflict of interest in provider tax repeal
Partisan supporters, opponents of tax trade barbs over who has greater conflicts.
Cash assistance cases still above pre-recession levels
Caseloads have dropped off significantly from their peak in early 2013, but state officials don’t expect the number to fall below pre-recession levels until 2019.

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