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EO MEDIA GROUP - Fourteen counties and roughly 130 tax districts are involved in a $1.4 billion lawsuit that accuses Oregon's government of insufficiently logging state forests.
June 23, 2017

Judge reverses key ruling in $1.4 billion timber class action

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
In his most recent June 20 decision, Murphy has agreed with Oregon's attorneys that counties cannot sue the state government for money.
CAPITAL BUREAU - The Oregon House Friday approved a measure tightening eligibility for certain small business tax breaks.
June 23, 2017

Oregon House advances controversial revenue bill

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The measure makes it harder for owners of certain businesses to qualify for a tax break under 2013's budget 'grand bargain.'
EO MEDIA GROUP - Workers at A to Z Wineworks in Newberg, Ore., sort grapes during the 2014 harvest in this file photo. Oregon's wineries and food processors oppose a bill that would limit work weeks to 72 hours, arguing it would hinder periods of peak production.
June 22, 2017

Oregon wineries, food processors oppose proposed work week limit

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Oregon's wineries and food processors say a bill limiting the work week doesn't take into consideration the seasonal fluctuations in their businesses.
CAPITAL BUREAU - Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leaders say revenue reform will have to wait until 2019.
June 22, 2017

Democrats give up on new biz taxes this session

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Brown, legislative leaders say structural changes will have to wait until the next long legislative session in 2019.
CAPITAL BUREAU - The Oregon Senate Wednesday passed the health care provider tax to help fund expanded Medicaid coverage. Previously passed by the House, the bill goes to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.
June 21, 2017

Oregon Senate passes health care provider tax

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The bill, previously passed by the House, is expected to raise $600 million to help pay for the state's expanded Medicaid program.
SEN. ROD MONROE'S OFFICE - Sen. Rod Monroe, D-Portland, at the Oregon Capitol in Salem
June 21, 2017

Tenant protections holdout offers changes he could accept

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Sen. Rod Monroe, D-Portland, has so far opposed a bill to outlaw no-cause evictions but has proposed changes he can accept.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his First Lady, Cylvia Hayes, recently learned they won't face federal crimnal charges. But now the state ethics watchdog will resume its review of the allegations that led to his resignation in February 2015.
June 20, 2017

Oregon Ethics Commission will resume review of Kitzhaber, Hayes

by Nick Budnick
Last week federal prosecutors declined to charge the former governor or his fiancee on allegations of influence peddling.
FILE PHOTO - Petitioners for Initiative Petition 28, Measure 97, bring signatures to the Secretary of State's Office in Salem last year.
June 20, 2017

Union reaches first milestone for corporate sales tax measure

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The state's largest teachers' union collects 1,000 signatures for two tax reform measures aimed at funding education.
COURTESY WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - Commercial fishermen use a gillnet on the Columbia River. A fund set up by the Oregon Legislature intended to help commercial fishermen transition to other methods has never been tapped
Jun 20, 2017 14

Fund to aid commercial gillnetters never tapped

The Columbia River Fisheries Transition Fund, a 2013 creation of the Legislature, was supposed to set aside $500,000 every two years to provide financial assistance to commercial gillnetters through 2019.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS - House Minority Leader Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, on the House floor in March 2017.
Jun 19, 2017 28

Corporate taxation bill could test constitutional case law

Republicans accuse Democrats of 'trampling on the constitution' by passing tax measure without a supermajority.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, is one of the architects of a tax plan written by Democrats in the House and Senate. The Joint Committee on Tax Reform proposed an amendment that would increase current corporate tax  rates.
Jun 19, 2017 34

Committee considers dumping new tax in favor of raising existing rates

It may be easier for Democrats to get the votes to increase current rates instead of passing a new tax plan.
EO MEDIA GROUP - The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday it will not file charges against former Gov. John Kitzhaber or his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.
Jun 16, 2017 109

Kitzhaber, Hayes won't face influence-peddling charges

The U.S. Attorney's Office says it will not press criminal charges against former Gov. John Kitzhaber or his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.
EO MEDIA GROUP - A picker displays a handful of strawberries near Cornelius, Ore. Oregon lawmakers have clarified that farmers must pay the state minimum wage to piece-rate employees who miss work due to illness.
Jun 15, 2017 31

Oregon lawmakers resolve sick pay confusion

A bill passed by the Oregon Legislature allows farmers to pay piece-rate workers the state minimum wage for missed worktime due to illness.
CAPITAL BUREAU - The House Thursday narrowly passed a new tax on health care providers.
Jun 15, 2017 28

Health care provider tax narrowly passes House

The tax will bring in an estimated $600 million a year to offset the cost of expanded Medicaid coverage.
CAPITAL BUREAU - The Oregon House of Representatives will vote  next week on business taxes proposed by House and Senate Democrats.
Jun 15, 2017 36

Tax bill will be amended before House vote next week

Democrat's plan would eventually replace corporate income taxes with a business activities tax on sales of more than $3 million.
EO MEDIA GROUP - A linear irrigation system operates in a corn field in Oregon's Willamette Valley. A bill proposing to raise fees on many Oregon water rights transactions by nearly 16 percent has unanimously cleared the Subcommittee on Natural Resources of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.
Jun 14, 2017 28

Oregon water rights transaction fee hike gains traction

A bill proposing to raise fees on many Oregon water rights transactions by nearly 16 percent has unanimously cleared the Subcommittee on Natural Resources of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, is one of the architects of a plan to raise more than $500 million a year by implementing a new corporate activities tax. The plan has no support among Republicans who want more cost savings before they will back additional taxes.
Jun 14, 2017 28

No Senate GOP support for Democrats' biz tax plan

Democrats in the Legislature have proposed raising more than $500 million a year with a new tax on businesses sales.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Gov. Kate Brown, center, holds up an equal pay bill she signed June 1, 2017, in her ceremonial office at the Oregon Capitol in Salem. Left to right, flanking her, are Sen. Tim Knopp, Sen. Kathleen Taylor, Rep. Ann Lininger, and Rep. Jodi Hack.
Jun 13, 2017 31

Legislature passes ban on surprise bills by out-of-network doctors

The bill, which bans 'balanced billing' by health care providers, is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.
COURTESY WIKIPEDIA - Salem's Mission Mill, part of the Willamette Heritage Center. A roundtable at the center Thursday will explore the history of 'fake news.'
Jun 13, 2017 86

Oregon has its own history of 'fake news'

Willamette Heritage Center roundtable Thursday will explore the state's history of 'fake news.'
Jun 13, 2017 29

Keeping the Elliott State Forest will cost millions

From paying the Common School Fund to developing a management plan, keeping the Elliott in public hands is an expensive proposition.