Oregon Governor Signs $1B Tax Hike, Launching Assault on Oregon’s Economy

Betrays Small Businesses She Once Said Create 70% of New Jobs

Oregon GOP Chair Says Governor Brown Puts Politics and Placating Far Left First

 

Wilsonville, OR – Governor Kate Brown revealed her true colors today, approving a massive new tax hike on Oregon small businesses that will raise taxes by over $1 billion in the next six years.

 

“The “Kate Brown small business tax hike” is an assault on Oregon’s economy and yet another betrayal of hardworking taxpayers, families, and businesses who are already struggling under the weight of Kate Brown’s transportation tax hikes, healthcare tax hikes, and even bicycle tax hikes,” stated Oregon Republican Chairman Bill Currier.

 

Even Governor Brown herself has recognized the importance of small businesses to Oregon’s economy and job growth, as noted in a recent Bend Bulletin editorial:

 

[Governor Brown has said] “Small businesses are the backbone of Oregon’s economy, creating 70 percent of new jobs in the state” and that “We can encourage job growth by giving small-business owners and emerging entrepreneurs the tools they need to expand.”

 

However, Oregon’s Republican Party says the Governor’s words now ring phony and hollow in the aftermath of her signing of Senate Bill 1528.

“Governor Brown has betrayed her rhetoric on small businesses time and time again.  Now it plain for all to see that Kate Brown is proud to be the most anti-small business Governor in Oregon history.  Oregonians deserve better than a tax-hiking, Soros-funded Governor who won’t stand up for the ‘backbone’ of our economy,” said Chair Currier.

Far left activist groups lobbied hard for sticking it to small businesses, and they have even more sweeping tax increases they want to see happen, even if, like SB 1528, they have to skirt Oregon’s Constitution to get them done.

“With the Governor putting the politics of placating the far left first, this tax hike also serves as a warning – no tax is safe from being hiked by Kate Brown.  A massive new regressive energy tax is likely next on Brown’s disastrous agenda,” added Currier.

“Oregonians will have a choice this November:  Reward Kate Brown for her mismanagement and tax hike schemes or forge a new way forward that puts small businesses and families back in the driver’s seat.  Change cannot come soon enough.”

 

Link to Online Posting:

https://oregon.gop/kate-brown-signs-small-biz-tax-hike-betrays-economy-2018-04-06

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. Its Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

 

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Kate Brown Won’t Allow Oregon National Guard To Help Secure Border

 

Kate Brown Won’t Allow Oregon National Guard To Help Secure Border
But Wasn’t Asked, Oregon Not a Border State, Just Magnet for Illegal Criminals

Oregon GOP Says Brown Grandstanding, Distracting from Big Problems, Tax Hike Decision

 

Wilsonville, OR – Oregon Republican Party Spokesman Kevin Hoar released the following statement in reaction to Governor Kate Brown’s statement that she won’t allow the Oregon National Guard to assist federal efforts to secure the nation’s southern border:

 

 

”Hello??  Governor???  Oregon is not a border state, and, as pointed out yourself, you weren’t asked…. Brown says she is upset at the use of the military at the border, but was she upset at Obama’s similar use of the military at the border during his administration?  We already knew that she doesn’t care about the victims of illegal alien criminals and that she openly advocates for them to run wild in our state and commit more crimes so they can avoid deportation.  Of course, what happens at the southern border does affect Oregon, but we already knew that Gov. Brown doesn’t care about that either.  In fact, she’s happily turned Oregon into a Sanctuary State magnet effectively attracting as many illegal aliens as possible, including serious criminals.

 

So why the tweet from Brown?  Clearly it’s just more naked political grandstanding by a disappointing, hyper-partisan politician that won’t face Oregon’s really severe problems, such as the PERS Debt crisis, out of control spending, disastrous high school graduation rates, bottom ten business climate, and the horribly incompetent mismanagement of state agencies like OHA ($100s Millions in Medicaid waste on unqualified applicants) and DHS (Foster Care scandal) that have happened on her watch – to name a few.

 

 

Perhaps she is trying to distract everyone from the decision she has to make shortly on whether to hit 192,000 mom and pop Oregon small business owners with a massive state tax hike.  With her poll numbers plummeting 13 points to below 50% in the past year, we can be sure that it won’t be made out of true concern for these often struggling businesses that Brown herself has described as generating 70% of the new jobs in our state.  The Kate Brown we’ve come to know over these many years is no leader, just a grandstanding politician who cares more about what George Soros and her radical leftist donors think than hardworking Oregon taxpayers.”

 

 

Link to Online Posting:

https://oregon.gop/kate-brown-national-guard-grandstanding-politics-2018-04-05

 

 

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. Its Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

 

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Oregon Republican Party

Communications Director

Kevin Hoar
Email:
communications.director@oregon.gop
Website: Oregon.GOP

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oregonrepublicanparty/

Twitter: @Oregon_GOP

XML Feed: https://oregon.gop/rss.xml

Main: (503) 595-8881

Direct: (503) 902-4671

Fax: (503) 697-5555

Headquarters: 25375 SW Parkway Ave, Suite 200, Wilsonville, OR 97070

The Montana cowboy

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Montana when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man named Cliff in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan® sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”

 Bud looks at the man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”

 The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell® notebook computer, connects it to his Apple iPhone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on  his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

 The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds, he receives an email on his Apple iPad® that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his Galaxy S8® and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

 Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet® printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

 “That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud.

 He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

 Then Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”

 The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

 “You’re a Congressman in the U.S. Government,” says Bud.

 “Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”

 “No guessing required” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know nothing about how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep.”

 “Now give me back my dog.

AND THAT, FOLKS, IS WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.

Oregon GOP Statement on Kate Brown Accepting Campaign Cash From Billionaire George Soros

Oregon GOP Statement on Kate Brown Accepting Campaign Cash
From Notorious Leftist Puppet Master Billionaire George Soros
Oregon GOP Chair Says “Now We Know Who Governor Brown Really Works For”

Wilsonville, OR – The Oregon Republican Party released a statement this afternoon on the news of Governor Kate Brown accepting a sizable campaign donation from infamous billionaire George Soros.

Willamette Week is reporting that Governor Kate Brown has accepted “an unprecedented” campaign check from George Soros, a billionaire left-wing hedge-fund manager and campaign donor who resides in New York. This is Soros’ “first direct involvement” in Oregon.

“Kate Brown has consistently ignored problems facing everyday Oregonians and has instead used the office of Governor to make herself a national left-wing celebrity.  Now, Brown is cashing in and taking big campaign donations from notorious leftist puppet master, billionaire George Soros,” stated Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier.

“We need a Governor who tackles crime, faltering state agencies, and the PERS pension crisis, and a leader who will rescue our bottom performing K-12 schools and stop the out-of-control spending and endless tax increases,” added Currier.  “Kate Brown is more interested in wooing George Soros and the out-of-state, leftist, super-rich donor class than truly confronting the serious problems at home.  Now we know who she really work for.”

“Oregon voters have yet another reason to send petty politician Kate Brown packing by ending her disastrous governorship this November.”

The Oregon Republican Party is the state’s arm of the Republican National Committee. Its Chairman and officers are dedicated to promoting Republican principles within the state of Oregon and to improving the lives and livelihoods of Oregon’s working families through economic freedom and equal protection under the law.

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Oregon Republican Party

Communications Director

Kevin Hoar
Email:
communications.director@oregon.gop

Website: Oregon.GOP

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oregonrepublicanparty/

Twitter: @Oregon_GOP

XML Feed: https://oregon.gop/rss.xml

Main: (503) 595-8881

Fax: (503) 697-5555

Headquarters: 25375 SW Parkway Ave, Suite 200, Wilsonville, OR 97070

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TOP STORIES

Ex-state employee gets five years in tax credit bribery scheme

The Oregonian

Former state employee Joe Colello was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison for money laundering and defrauding the Internal Revenue Service for his role in a bribery scheme related to the sale of state tax credits. He was also ordered to pay $81,000 in restitution. Colello admitted last summer that he accepted $300,000 in kickbacks from a Seattle-based energy consultant, Martin Shain, in exchange for arranging the sale of state energy tax credits that investigators say netted Shain some $1.3 million in commissions.

 

Visual FAQ: What Trump’s Tax Cuts Mean For Oregonians

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Right, That’s How Taxes Work, But What Does The TCJA Do? The TCJA lowers the tax rate for most people.

 

Families Of Shooting Victims Back 2nd Gun Initiative For November Ballot

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Supporters on Monday filed an initiative that would require gun owners in Oregon keep their weapons locked up when not in use.  Gun owners could also face greater legal liability if they did not secure their weapons and they were used to injure or kill someone.

 

Oregon challenges citizenship question on Census

Portland Tribune

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, 17 other state attorneys general and six cities filed suit Tuesday to block a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The state attorneys general are concerned the question will discourage immigrants from participating. Rosenblum joined New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in New York City to announce the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

 

Oregon seeks stability for ‘dreamers’

Portland Tribune

With no immediate resolution to DACA, states such as Oregon are intervening to provide a pathway for dreamers to move forward with their lives amid federal uncertainty. That can range from giving dreamers access to in-state college tuition to allowing them to obtain professional licensure.

 

ELECTIONS

 

Gov. Kate Brown Picks Up an Unprecedented Donation From Financier George Soros

Willamette Week

George Soros, one of the world’s best-known investors, has invested in the re-election campaign of Gov. Kate Brown. Soros, 87, made a fortune of nearly $25 billion with well-timed bets on currencies, commodities and stocks before giving most of his money away last year. He’s long been active in political and social issues around the world through his Open Societies Foundation. In this country, he’s been a major funder of Democratic candidates and causes. His $25,000 contribution to Brown appears to be Soros’ first direct involvement in an Oregon race since the state began keeping electronic contribution records in 2006. Brown, a Democrat, has now raised $989,000 in 2018 and has $3.48 million on hand. Her likely opponent in the November general election, state Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend), has raised $750,000 this year and has $1.96 million on hand.

 

Capitol roundup: Buehler takes flak from both sides

Bend Bulletin

Being the consensus front-runner in any campaign makes you a target, a lesson state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, has been reminded of more than once in recent weeks. Running as a moderate, he has been hammered on the left by Gov. Kate Brown’s re-election campaign, and this week the AFL-CIO launched a website dedicated to hitting Buehler as anti-labor. Meanwhile, challengers to his right say he isn’t conservative enough to be the GOP standard-bearer. The unfriendly fire has spread to his former campaign spokesman and some regional Republican leaders.

 

Rival Coins #NoShowKnute

KXL

One of those Republicans is GOP governor hopeful and “Make Oregon Great Again” candidate Sam Carpenter, who began Tweeting his criticism of Buehler early in March, coining the #NoShowKnute mini-movement in the process. Carpenter sells himself to Republican primary voters as the only real “pro Trump” candidate and he has received the endorsement of the group Oregon Women for Trump. Many voters might remember Carpenter from his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in 2016.

 

A Look at the Relatively Quiet Oregon Gubernatorial Race

CFM

In the general election, Brown will be attacked as a weak leader who has presided over state agency foul-ups and resulted in a fairly high turnover rate of agency leaders. Brown will cite her leadership in a major transportation funding measure, a hike in the state minimum wage and create of a state-sponsored retirement savings plan. Buehler probably will need to dig into his campaign fund to raise his visibility before the primary, while Brown probably will hold off any major media outreach until the general election campaign is underway. She has the luxury of using the next few months to bolster her $3.2 million campaign bank account. That means for now, Oregonians can enjoy the relative quietude of the gubernatorial race. It promises to get a lot noisier and nastier.

 

Lawmakers tackle bigotry, health care at Queer Town Hall

Portland Tribune

The town hall also opened up a discussion about LGBTQ rights nationally, as President Trump released an order last Friday banning most transgender people from serving in the military. “Every time they take something away, the states are going to have to step up and fill in the gap,” said House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland. She also said individuals could stand up to end discrimination themselves by speaking with their dollars and supporting LGBT-friendly companies.

 

Local activist, advocate begins state House campaign

Daily Astorian

Mitchell is a case management coordinator for the state Department of Human Services who moved to Oregon from Utah in 2015 with her husband, who works for Pacific Power. She is an organizer with progressive activist group Indivisible North Coast Oregon and has focused her campaign on broader social policies such as affordable housing, health care, reproductive health, stable education funding and equal pay. She has received endorsements from a variety of labor, education, women’s and conservation groups.

 

GUNS

 

Measure seeks safe storage of guns

Associated Press

“Establishing clear standards for responsible firearm storage will save lives,” said Jenna Yuille, a chief petitioner whose mother, Cindy Yuille, was killed at the Clackamas Town Center in 2012. Another chief petitioner, Paul Kemp, lost his brother-in-law Steve Forsyth in the random ­attack at the mall near Portland by a gunman who then committed suicide.

 

Another Gun Control Measure Could End Up on the November Ballot, Backed by Family Members of Clackamas Town Center Shooting Victims

Willamette Week

“Today marks a critical step to reducing gun violence in Oregon,” Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership PAC leader Jenna Yuille said in a statement announcing the measure. “Establishing clear standards for responsible firearm storage will save lives. Unsafely stored firearms pose an immediate danger. People who gain unintended access often cause harm to themselves and others.”

 

Initiative would make Oregon gun owners use trigger locks, be liable for injuries

The Oregonian

Two relatives of people killed in the 2012 Clackamas Town Center shooting filed a proposed ballot initiative Monday that would establish wide-ranging requirements for gun owners, from how guns must be stored to making gun owners liable for injuries caused with their firearms. Their initiative is the second gun-related measure that could appear on Oregon’s November 2018 ballot if backers gather enough valid signatures. Backers will have to gather more than 88,000 voter signatures to put the question on the ballot this fall.

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

Oregon Governer Says EPA Shouldn’t Roll Back Auto Emissions Rules

KLCC

Brown joined the governors of Washington and California in criticizing the decision. They say the tough standards are needed to protect air quality and combat climate change.California leads a consortium of 13 states, including Oregon and Washington, that can set emission standards higher than the national requirements. California officials say they will take legal action if the administration forces them to back off their goal of an auto fleet averaging 50 miles per gallon.

 

Appeals Court Affirms Order For More Spill Over Dams To Help Columbia River Salmon

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The federal government will have to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams starting Tuesday in an effort to help young salmon migrating to the ocean. This will make up the biggest planned water spill over dams for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

MARIJUANA

 

Treasurers seek guidelines for banks serving pot industry

Portland Tribune

Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read and several of his colleagues have asked to meet with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about what they say is a lack of guidelines for financial institutions in states where marijuana is legal. In January, Sessions rescinded the “Cole Memos,” previous DOJ notices that not only provided guidance to law enforcement in states where marijuana had been legalized, but also formed the basis of some preliminary guideposts for banks and credit unions that wanted to serve cannabis businesses.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Governor should nix tax measure

Albany Democrat-Herald

But let’s take note of this as well: State budget writers have more revenue than ever before at their disposal, and that seems likely to be the case again in 2019. Even with this record amount of tax money on hand, however, it never seems to be enough. At some point, state officials need to take serious steps to rein in the explosive growth of state spending.

 

Guest: Governor should veto bill that hurts small business

Rep. Julie Parrish

Whether people agree with the premise behind the congressional tax cuts, Oregon businesses shouldn’t bear the brunt of disconnecting from the federal tax code and having the bureaucratic burden of having to keep two sets of tax data. These businesses have seen their incomes stagnant due to increased mandates, higher business fees and new taxes. When people campaign on supporting small business, they should back it up with actions. Gov. Brown should join the four Democratic lawmakers who said “no” to SB 1528 and veto the bill by April 13.

 

Editorial: The watchdog bites

Register-Guard

Oregonians are no doubt ready to let Kitzhaber recede into state history. But the case leaves a useful residue: The ethics commission has shown that it can bite. Public officials across the state have been reminded that the state’s ethics laws and rules have meaning, and that violations have consequences.

Union County Republicans meeting

To Union County Republicans,

The Union County Republicans meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 12:00 at the Flying J (63276 Hwy 203, La Grande, OR).

2 Speakers for April:

– DA Candidate Laura Eckstein (eckstein4unionda.com)
– Gov Candidate Craig Wooldridge (wooldridgefororegon.com)

Please come, bring a friend, and support this meeting so we can continue to promote good candidates and attract great speakers to Union County!!

–  Jay Mackley
Secretary, UCRCC

Laura Eckstein, candidate for Union County District Attorney
Greg Wooldridge, candidate for Governor of Oregon

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TOP STORIES

 

Oregon pays $1.3 million settlement after placing foster child with self-described sex addict

The Oregonian

Oregon’s child welfare agency has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of a girl who was allegedly sexually abused by her Gresham foster father in 2014. State workers placed the girl, who was 4 at the time, with Gabriel David Wallis and his wife, even though Wallis self-identified as a sex addict during the state’s screening and caseworkers either knew or should have known that he looked at child pornography online, court documents say.

 

Upstart Candidates Are Looking to Alter the Oregon Courts Shaped by Gov. Kate Brown

Willamette Week

Jillian Schoene, co-executive director of Emerge Oregon, which prepares women to run for office, says that’s disappointing. “White men have been well-represented in every office since the founding of this country,” Schoene says. “In these races, it’s time for them to step aside and let others lead.”

 

Initiative would ban sale of assault weapons

Portland Tribune

An initiative petition proposed for the November ballot would ban certain assault-style firearms and high-capacity magazines in Oregon, as a measure to protect people from mass shootings. Legal owners of existing assault-style weapons would be required to pass a background check and register their weapon with Oregon State Police.

 

Bonham: The good, bad of 2018

The Dalles Chronicle

It was a month-long legislative session that Rep. Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles, gave a mixed review. On a positive note, one of his two proposed bills received enough bipartisan support to get through the House and Senate. Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign into law the “Good Neighbor Authority” policy that will restore managed harvests of federal lands. Not only will rural communities be provided with much needed jobs, said Bonham, the new policy will reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires by cleaning up diseased and overstocked stands of trees that provide fuels.

 

Oregon Failed to Provide Flu Vaccinations to Most of Its Prison Inmates. One Woman Died.

Willamette Week

Ferri’s death was unusual. But she shared one thing in common with the vast majority of Coffee Creek inmates: Her medical records show she did not receive a flu shot. In fact, only about 18 percent of inmates at Coffee Creek were inoculated against the flu this season.

 

Gov. Kate Brown, other state leaders get earful at foster care forum

Statesman Journal

After brief remarks from a few individuals, including Brown, the crowd separated to sit at tables with different areas of focus, such as community relationships or foster parent training and resources. Brown spent her time listening at the community relationships table. One suggestion that emerged from the group was sharing more positive stories of foster care to combat a stigma that persists around the system.

 

Oregon jobless rate remains at historic low of 4.1%

The Oregonian

Oregon added another 2,700 jobs last month and the state’s jobless rate remained at its lowest point on record, according to state data released Tuesday, extending Oregon’s long economic expansion. February’s unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent. It’s been within a tenth of a percentage point of that number for more 14 months, according to revised figures issued earlier this month by the Oregon Employment Department.

 

GUNS

 

How Strict Are Oregon’s Gun Control Laws? We’re All Over the Map.

Willamette Week

But for now, Oregon’s gun regulations are scattershot. WW explored data collected by the Boston University School of Public Health to show how Oregon fits into the national landscape of gun laws. We found that among 50 U.S. states, Oregon’s restrictions on guns are all over the map.

 

Oregon initiative would ban assault weapons, require some owners to surrender certain guns

Statesman Journal

A proposal to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in Oregon has been submitted as a ballot initiative petition intended to prevent mass shootings.  Filed by an interfaith religious group in Portland, Initiative Petition 42 would also require legal gun owners to surrender or register their assault weapons or face felony charges, according to language released Tuesday.

 

‘Boyfriend loophole’: backlash after Oregon joins 23 states in curbing guns

The Guardian

For gun advocates, however, the new bill is a point of contention and confusion. Gunter thinks the “boyfriend loophole” could be seriously abused. “If you get somebody who’s upset with their former partner, they can say anything they want and that person’s going to have to prove their innocence with no due process,” he said. The Oregon Firearms Federation agrees. “What this bill does is give people a mighty tool to destroy the life of an innocent person,” said Kevin Starrett, who heads the organization. By “innocent” Starrett is referring to a boyfriend who could be falsely accused of domestic abuse. “We think it’s a farce that anyone believes a woman is protected from someone who is really dangerous by any piece of paper or the confiscation of guns,” said Starrett.

 

AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES

 

ODA director visits all 36 counties in first year

East Oregonian

At ODA, Taylor manages a department with 370 full-time employees and a most recent biennial budget of $114.4 million for 2017-19. The USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service had 14,000 employees across three agencies, with $2 billion in annual salary and expenses. A big part of Taylor’s first year was simply learning the lay of the land, touring more than 40 farms and ranches across all 36 counties.

 

NW Senators Grill Energy Secretary On Hanford, Proposed Budget Cuts

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Northwest Senators had a lot of questions for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday morning. They grilled him on the safety of steel in a massive treatment plant under construction at the Hanford nuclear site.

 

EDUCATION

 

Clatsop Community College to propose $3 tuition hike

Daily Astorian

The Clatsop Community College Board, facing lackluster enrollment and funding, will consider a $3-per-credit tuition hike next month. “None of us feel like increasing tuition is something that we want to do,” College President Christopher Breitmeyer said Tuesday. “We’d rather not do it. But we think at this time it’s necessary, given where we are in terms of the current funding that we’re experiencing.”

 

LAND USE

 

State upholds Portland growth plan update

Portland Tribune

Opponents have 21 days from March 15 vote by the Land Conservation and Development Commission to appeal the decision to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

 

HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES

 

Oregon Wants To Know What The Public Thinks About CCOs

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Oregon Health Authority is asking the public to say what it likes, dislikes and wants to change about the state’s 15 coordinated care organizations. The CCOs were set up in 2012. But their contracts run out at the end of next year, and the state wants to know how they should change. Should mental and physical health be better coordinated? Is there inequity in the system? The survey is online until April 15.

 

Subduing the opioid monster

East Oregonian

Someone dies from prescription opioids every 20 minutes in this country. The Oregon Health Authority reports that more Oregonians die from prescription opioids than any other drug — including alcohol, methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 42,000 Americans died in opioid-related deaths in 2016. Oregon ranks sixth nationally for non-medical use of prescription pain relievers like Percocet and OxyContin, In short, many of our fellow Americans are addicted to prescription painkillers.

 

Klamath Works ranks low in DHS site evaluations

Herald and News

The proposed Klamath Works site for possible Department of Human Services offices in Klamath Falls was ranked sixth out of nine sites visited by local DHS officials, according to state documents. Last month, Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS) announced it would award a bid to TimberMill Shores as the home of a new DHS multi-service campus in Klamath Falls. The new site would be home to child welfare, aging and people with disabilities and self-sufficiency programs. Vocational rehabilitation would stay at current offices.

 

ELECTIONS

 

‘Make Oregon Great Again’ candidate faces pushback at Hermiston Hispanic Advisory Committee campaign stop

East Oregonian

When Barron and committee member Carlos Gallo said that Carpenter was making his support of Trump clear, and Trump had been very “blatant” in stirring up racial tensions and criticizing Latinos, Carpenter asked, “What has he said that is very blatant?” drawing laughter from the audience and committee.

 

Ideals, experience come to odds at forum

Mail Tribune

Four democrats traded few barbs, but flexed ideological and intellectual muscles and made promises for progress in the hopes they could be the candidate who can turn a Republican state senate seat blue.

 

COURTS & PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Officials: Progress made on Oregon rape-kit backlog

Associated Press

A backlog of rape kits in Oregon is a year away from being eliminated following the passage of a state law mandating quicker testing, officials say. The kits contain biological material following reported sex crimes. In 2015, the Oregon State Police said it had a backlog of more than 5,600. In 2016, legislators passed a measure to speed up processing, but by 2017 state labs said their backlog had actually increased as old kits poured in from around the state.

 

Oregon DOJ launches FamilyCare charity probe

Portland Tribune

It’s been more than a month since the provider FamilyCare Inc. left the Oregon Health Plan over a rate dispute, requiring more than 110,000 low-income members to make other arrangements for their care. But the organization remains mired in litigation with state officials, and the state now has launched a separate investigation into the group and three related organizations.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Environment vs. economy

East Oregonian

Courtney said he hopes the joint committee can craft a bill that is both effective and has widespread support not only among Democratic and Republican legislators but also from environmental, business, transportation and other groups. The legislative leaders could start that process by giving full representation to urban and rural Oregon. They should appoint equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans to the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction. As Courtney said in announcing the committee with Kotek: “Urban or rural, Democrat or Republican, we share the same state, same air, same environment and the same planet. It’s time human nature starts taking care of Mother Nature.”

 

Editorial: Oregon Supreme Court should have canned Judge Vance Day

Statesman Journal Editorial Board

The Oregon Supreme Court squandered an opportunity last week and in the process sent a chilling message to Oregonians: judges are above the law. Our state’s high court said a 3-year, without-pay suspension of Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day was necessary to “preserve public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.” But by only suspending the judge found to have committed “willful misconduct” and making “willful misstatements” — in other words lied — doesn’t build trust; it betrays it.

 

Editorial: Don’t let districts cheat high school students out of their education

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Educational leaders routinely bemoan the measly length of Oregon’s school year, one of the shortest in the country. They lament that Oregon students receive a year’s less education by the time they graduate from high school than their counterparts in Washington state.  All of which makes their stance on an instructional time requirement adopted by the Oregon Board of Education in 2015 puzzling. Instead of supporting a rule ensuring that most students, particularly those in high school, are scheduled for a full day of classes, the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, Oregon School Boards Association and Oregon Education Association are urging the education board to relax the requirement for the 2018-19 school year.