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PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Traffic backs up on Interstate 405 in Portland during rush hour.
September 18, 2018

Voter approval for tolls moves closer to the ballot

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Sponsors of the 'Tolls Need Voter Approval' initiative may soon be able to gather signatures to land the proposal on the 2020 ballot.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Secretary of State Dennis Richardson's office wants to hire three auditors to concentrate on Oregon's $9 billion Medicaid program.
September 18, 2018

Secretary of State requesting money for Medicaid audit team

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
About 1 million Oregonians are covered by Medicaid at a cost of about $9 billion a year.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Chronic pain patients protest outside of the Oregon Health Authority office in Salem in July 2018.
September 17, 2018

Hundreds of chronic pain patients oppose opioid policy change

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A controversial, first-in-the-nation proposal would end coverage of opioids for chronic pain patients enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan.
COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND TRAINING - Dorm facilities at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training campus in Salem. The agency says growth in enrollment in its programs could warrant expansion of the dorm.
September 17, 2018

Public safety training agency needs more space

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training eyes expansion of Salem dorm facilities.
COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon Supreme Court Justice Rives Kistler
September 14, 2018

First openly gay state Supreme Court justice to retire

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Justice Rives Kistler, who was appointed in 2003, plans to retire from the Oregon Supreme Court Dec. 31.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Nike CEO Mark Parker
September 11, 2018

Nike CEO takes public stance on sanctuary law repeal

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Nike CEO Mark Parker has written an argument in opposition to Ballot Measure 105 in the Oregon Voters' Guide.
CAPITAL BUREAU - The state ag department now has five separate testing facilities for the programs, including cannabis, it regulates. ODA wants $200,000 from the Legislature to study the feasibility of combining those labs into one facility.
September 10, 2018

ODA wants feasibility study on combining labs

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The state ag department now has five separate testing facilities for the programs, including cannabis, it regulates.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown
September 10, 2018

State sued for withholding proposed legislation

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A Portland lawyer says a state agency's refusal to release legislative concepts is politically motivated by the tight gubernatorial race.
JONATHAN HOUSE/PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Correctional Capt. Toby Tooley demonstrates how the desks work at a behavioral health treatment center that opened in August at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.
Sep 07, 2018 24

State corrections officers head to Norway

Seven officers from the Oregon Department of Corrections will live and work with their counterparts in Norway to learn about that country's effective criminal justice system.
CAPITAL BUREAU - Both Gov. Kate Brown and her challenger Knute Buehler want a broad, long-term plan to cover a $830 million shortfall in Medicaid funding, but specifics remain elusive.
Sep 07, 2018 53

Brown, Buehler eye Medicaid funding gap

Candidates want broader funding plan, but specific course remains elusive.
LIVELY FOR GOVERNOR - Scott Lively, a conservative pastor who was formerly the face of Oregon Citizens Alliance, faced off with Massachusetts Gov. Charlier Baker in the Republican primary for that state's governor.
Sep 04, 2018 42

Former Oregon politico loses Massachusetts gubernatorial primary

Massachusettes gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively was the face of the conservative Oregon Citizens Alliance for more than 15 years.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - The 2018 Oregon Legislative Assembly at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. A proposed change in the Oregon Constitution would require legislative 'supermajorities' to make changes in taxes and fees.
Aug 31, 2018 77

Supporters, opponents of Measure 104 make case

Change in Constitution would require legislative 'supermajorities' to make changes in taxes and fees.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and challenger Knute Buehler each want a minimum180-day school year, but neither has suggested increasing the instructional hours mandated by the state.
Aug 31, 2018 34

More school days might not equal more instruction time

Gov. Brown and challenger Buehler want 180-day school year, but neither has suggested increasing mandated instructional hours.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - State labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. The Legislature on Friday said Avakian lacks Constitutional authority to press a sexual harassment complaint he filed against the body on behalf of two employees and two interns.
Aug 31, 2018 31

Legislature: BOLI lacks authority to press harassment case

The Legislature says the Oregon Constitution gives it sole authority to discipline members and to set its internal policies.
Aug 29, 2018 63

State economists predict $686 million 'kicker' in 2020

Growing income tax receipts have pushed anticipated state revenue to $20.44 billion in the current budget cycle.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. The Oregon Department of Justice has closed a criminal investigation into two petitioners who were accused of giving false information to persuade voters to sign a petition to repeal the state sanctuary law.
Aug 29, 2018 54

Criminal probe of IP 22 signature gathering dropped

Attorney General's Office says video can't be used as evidence because subjects weren't told they were being recorded.
COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - The Secretary of State's Office faults state government's internal auditing procedures. Lax auditing, it says, leaves the agencies vulnerable to fraud and waste.
Aug 29, 2018 42

Audit: Oregon agencies vulnerable to waste and fraud

Secretary of State's Office faults state government's internal auditing procedures.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Gov. Kate Brown
Aug 28, 2018 37

Brown has seven-step education policy agenda

At 77 percent, Oregon has one of the worst on-time graduation rates in the nation and one of the shortest school years, according to federal statistics.
COURTESY USDA - The State of Oregon has received a cease-and-desist letter from a law firm alleging the state is violating a Supreme Court ruling regarding the deduction of union dues from employee pay checks.
Aug 28, 2018 178

State accused of violating Supreme Court's union dues ruling

The Chicago-based Liberty Justice Center asserts that public employers are required to obtain written affirmation from union members that they wish to continue paying union dues.
CAPITAL BUREAU - Any change in Oregon's complex property tax system is politically difficult because it would require voters to approve changes in the Oregon Constitution.
Aug 28, 2018 37

Legislators eye changes to property tax system

Any change in Oregon's complex property tax system is politically difficult because it would require voters to approve changes in the Oregon Constitution.