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Our Oregon files tax initiatives
The labor-backed nonprofit says the initiative petitions are a response to proposals offered by the business community to tighten up Oregon constitutional provision requiring a three-fifths majority for tax bills.

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Governor: Tax, spending options on their way
Governor: Tax, spending options on their way
Speaking to the Oregon Leadership Summit, Brown said proposals likely will be discussed in 2018 legislative session
The unrealized potential of nonaffiliated voters
The unrealized potential of nonaffiliated voters
Nonaffiliated voters now make up the second largest voting bloc in Oregon, yet they are disempowered from selecting officeholders by closed primaries, political districting.
Audit faults OHA’s inability to detect improper payments
Audit faults OHA’s inability to detect improper payments
Secretary of State’s Office says OHA initially withheld information needed to perform audit.
Forecast: State revenue growing more than expected — for now
Forecast: State revenue growing more than expected — for now
In the long term, revenues are expected to slow, as the state’s population ages and more of those people exit the labor force. Oregon collects most of its revenue from the personal income tax.
Second senator formally complains against Kruse
Second senator formally complains against Kruse
Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward filed a formal complaint Nov. 14 against Sen. Jeff Kruse for unwanted touching.
Gov. Brown directs OHA to preserve kids’ insurance program
Gov. Brown directs OHA to preserve kids’ insurance program
Federal funding expired in September and Congress has yet to reauthorize the program.
Black Friday is a paid holiday for most state workers
Black Friday is a paid holiday for most state workers
The day after Thanksgiving has been a paid holiday for state employees since 2015, when it was negotiated as part of the state’s collective bargaining agreement.
Portland tolling committee begins work
Portland tolling committee begins work
The 25-member committee is charged with recommending tolling options for Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in the Portland metropolitan area.
OHA director details another $112 million in possible Medicaid errors
OHA director details another $112 million in possible Medicaid errors
The figure is on top of the state’s estimated overpayment of $74 million to coordinated care organizations.
State ethics commission denies Kitzhaber settlement
State ethics commission denies Kitzhaber settlement
Oregon Government Ethics Commission staff members recommended a penalty of $1,000 to settle ethics violations.
Feds threaten to end state’s criminal justice funds
Feds threaten to end state’s criminal justice funds
In a letter Wednesday, Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson asked the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to address whether Oregon’s sanctuary policies violate federal statute.
Formal complaint charges senator with unwanted touching
Formal complaint charges senator with unwanted touching
Sen. Sara Gelser seeks Roseburg Republican’s expulsion, claims more than a dozen women harassed.
Senators confirmed to serve on high-paid power council
Senators confirmed to serve on high-paid power council
Sens. Richard Devlin and Ted Ferrioli will join the Northwest Power Planning & Conservation Council.
Kitzhaber agrees to settle ethics probe
Kitzhaber agrees to settle ethics probe
Complaints allege the former governor and first lady Cylvia Hayes used their public offices for profit.
Lawmakers mull ‘first-time’ homebuyers
Lawmakers mull ‘first-time’ homebuyers
The savings program would offer tax incentives to help Oregonians to save up to $50,000 in 10 years.
Officials seek state help for businesses impacted by fire
Officials seek state help for businesses impacted by fire
Reduced revenues and cash flow for businesses due to disruptive wildfires this summer could impact their credit ratings and their access to capital.
OHA Director: More Medicaid problems may come to light
OHA Director: More Medicaid problems may come to light
New internal reports of processing problems in the Oregon Health Plan have arisen in the two weeks since the public learned that the state overpaid Medicaid providers to the tune of $74 million between 2014 and 2016.

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