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CAPITAL BUREAU - Supporters of a proposed initiative petition claim public employees receive greater total compensation than many private sector workers. Their measure would tie public employee compensation to the private sector.
July 17, 2018

Petition would link public employee wages to private sector

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Supporters claim public employees receive greater total compensation than many private sector workers.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - A Mulnomah County elections worker processes ballots.
July 17, 2018

Sanctuary repeal qualifies for ballot

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Initiative Petition 22 - Stop Oregon Sanctuaries - had more than enough valid signatures to secure a place on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election.
A hiatus in new marijuana license application processing meant to ease a backlog increased the workload by 70 percent.
July 13, 2018

Pot business license applications bury liquor commission

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
A hiatus in new marijuana license application processing meant to ease a backlog increased the workload by 70 percent.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County Clerk's Office employees process ballots.
July 13, 2018

Voters could see up to four initiatives on ballot

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Grocery taxes, publicly funded abortion, tax enactment restrictions and ending the state's sanctuary law are all in the queue for the November ballot.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Guns
July 12, 2018

Initiative would require sixth graders study firearms safety

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Gun rights advocates have filed an initiative petition to make firearms safety instruction mandatory in the sixth grade in Oregon public schools.
EO MEDIA GROUP - The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program doesn't have reliable, independent ways to verify grow site addresses, and it doesn't do enough inspections of grow sites, according to a report by the Oregon Health Authority.
July 12, 2018

OHA: Medical marijuana program needs more oversight

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program doesn't have reliable, independent ways to verify grow site addresses, and it doesn't do enough inspections of grow sites, according to a report by the Oregon Health Authority.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Patrick Starnes, Independent Party of Oregon nominee for governor
July 10, 2018

Independents unwitting beneficiary of campaign finance law

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A law passed in 2017 was intended to drive out 'dark money' from election, but the wording of one exemption may force statewide debate hosts to invite third-party candidates
Dwight Hammond
July 10, 2018

Oregon officials offer reactions to Hammond pardon

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
While Republicans expressed elation at the pardons, Democrats appeared less enthusiastic.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Members of a policy advisory committee discuss their recommendation to the Oregon Transportation Commission for tolling Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in the Portland area. On the wall, are some of the issues they addressed in their report.
Jul 09, 2018 19

Public can comment on tolling plan Thursday

The Oregon Transportation Commission will hold a 'listening session' about a policy advisory committee's recommendation to toll all lanes of I-5 and the I-205 Abernethy Bridge.
JONATHAN HOUSE/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese speaks to reporters about his support of Oregon's sancutary law during a news conference on the no campaign against Initiative Petition 22, which would repeal Oregon's sanctuary law.
Jul 09, 2018 21

Police, business speak out against sanctuary law repeal

Oregonians United Against Profiling - a coalition of business, labor, immigrant rights group and law enforcement - argue that the state's 30-year-old sanctuary law helps reduce racial profiling and protects civil rights.
PARIS ACHEN/PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - A pro-immigrant rally at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem Jan. 14, 2017.
Jul 06, 2018 23

Sanctuary law repeal likely to be on ballot

The official opposition to Initiative Petition 22 launched Friday - the same day petitioners submitted more than 110,000 signatures to land the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
Jul 06, 2018 25

AG investigating IP 31 signature gathering

The investigation is unlikely to interfere with that measure going before voters in November, however, according to the state elections division.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Former First Lady Cylvia Hayes
Jul 05, 2018 218

Hayes bankruptcy filing doesn't reveal much

The former first lady of Oregon threatened for a month to file for bankruptcy, but her filing still lacks details such as her monthly income and list of creditors.
FILE PHOTO - A measure that would make it harder for the Legislature to make changes to tax law has qualified for November's ballot, but a possible state investigation into how signatures were gathered for IP 31 threatens to call its viability into question.
Jul 05, 2018 25

Measure making it harder to tweak taxes makes ballot

A possible state investigation into how signatures were gathered for IP 31 threatens to call its viability into question.
JONATHAN HOUSE/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Michael Buonocore, executive director of Home Forward - Multnomah County's housing authority, checks out the vew from a new affordable housing unit at 105 Burnside in Portland June 5, 2018.
Jul 03, 2018 28

Inventory: State has 62,000-plus affordable units

A new database, with affordable housing addresses and expiration dates, set to be unveiled to the public later this month, is designed to help preserve and augment the affordable housing supply in Oregon
CAPITAL BUREAU - About 41.6 percent of Oregon's state and local taxes came from the state income tax in 2015, according to the analysis from the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation.
Jul 03, 2018 30

Study: Oregon most reliant state on state income taxes

About 41.6 percent of Oregon's state and local taxes came from the state income tax in 2015, according to the analysis from the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Aaron Withe, Oregon director of the Freedom Foundation, speaks to reporters at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem July 2, 2018.
Jul 02, 2018 76

Anti-union group launches campaign on Janus decision

The Freedom Foundation plans an email and canvassing campaign to inform Oregon's public-sector workers that union fees are no longer mandatory.
FILE PHOTO - New allegations against a paid signature-gathering firm employed by the campaign could affect whether the signatures supporters of IP 22 plan to submit to the Secretary of State's Office on Friday are deemed valid.
Jul 02, 2018 30

IP 22 backers want 'sanctuary' law put to vote

Allegations against a paid signature-gathering firm employed by the campaign could affect whether the signatures supporters plan to submit to the Secretary of State's Office Friday are deemed valid.
State auditors found some questionable administrative costs — including $26,500 for a holiday party and "employee recognition expenses" — at a state-funded nonprofit that promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Jun 29, 2018 34

Audit: Public Utility Commission could strengthen oversight of Energy Trust costs

State auditors question some expenses of Oregon-funded energy non-profit organization.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - IP 43 Chief Petitioner Rabbi Michael Cahana speaks in front of a group of other supporters at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland on Thursday. After multiple legal challenges, supporters halted their efforts to get a ban on certain firearms to the ballot this year.3 Chief Petitioner Rabbi Michael Cahana speaks in front of a group of other supporters at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland on Thursday. After multiple legal challenges, supporters halted their efforts to get a ban on certain firearms to the ballot this year.
Jun 29, 2018 39

IP 43 supporters throw in the towel on 2018 measure

Challenges to ballot title made collecting needed signatures by July 6 deadline difficult.