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COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
December 13, 2017

Oregon AG: Delay vote on net neutrality

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is among 18 attorneys general who have written to the Federal Communications Commission to urge a delay on the vote because of suspected falsified comments in support of the change.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - First-graders with their teacher, Colleen Andersson, from Salem's Croshill Christian School sing 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' in the rotunda of the Oregon Capitol in Salem Dec. 12, 2017.
December 13, 2017

Carols at the Capitol: 'It restores my faith in the future'

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
More than 500 Oregon schoolchildren will sing carols at the Oregon Capitol in Salem during the holiday season.
FILE PHOTO - Supporters and opponents of a ballot measure on Oregon's Medicaid funding package squared off in a debate Wednesday.
December 13, 2017

Measure 101 supporters, opponents clash in debate

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
A special election Jan. 23 concerns parts of a 2017 Oregon health care funding law.
COURTESY PHOTO  - Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson
December 13, 2017

Richardson reopens comment on initiative petition rules

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The proposed rule change would allow more initiatives to make the statewide ballot.
JIM REDDEN/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Protestors demonstrate outside of Bullseye Glass Co. in Southeast Portland Feb. 17, 2016, calling for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to shut down the company's operations during an air pollution investigation.
December 12, 2017

Federal lawsuit: Bullseye was scapegoat for SE air pollution

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Bullseye Glass Co. is seeking $30 million in damages for violations of its civil rights in a state air pollution investigation in 2016.
COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - Environmental groups are alarmed by a proposal that would authorize lethal control of wolves in Eastern Oregon after only two livestock kills under "extreme circumstances."
December 08, 2017

Ranchers, advocats voice objections to Oregon Wolf Plan update

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Ranchers, hunters and environmentalists all found things to dislike in the proposed update to the Oregon Wolf Plan.
JONATHAN HOUSE/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Sorted ballots wait to be counted at the Multnomah County elections office Oct. 31, 2016.
December 08, 2017

Our Oregon files tax initiatives

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The labor-backed nonprofit says the initiative petitions are a direct response to proposals offered by the business community to tighten up Oregon constitutional provision requiring a three-fifths majority for tax bills.
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - David Ungemah, transportation consultant with WSP, during a meeting of the Portland Region Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee meeting Dec. 7, 2017, at the Oregon Department of Transportation office in Portland
December 07, 2017

ODOT looks at seven toll scenarios

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The transportation agency and its consultants will conduct modeling of the different tolling scenarios. None of the models are intended as formal proposals, they say.
OREGON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT - Claypool Cemetery in Linn County, Oregon
Dec 06, 2017 16

Rules proposed for permits to restore cemeteries

The rules stem from a law passed earlier this year designed to enable individuals and organizations to restore, maintain and preserve abandoned historic cemeteries in Oregon.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Gov. Kate Brown, being interviewed by Patrick Criteser, speaks Monday, Dec. 4, at the Oregon Leadership Summit.
Dec 04, 2017 30

Governor: Tax, spending options on their way

Speaking to the Oregon Leadership Summit, Brown said proposals likely will be discussed in 2018 legislative session
COURTESY OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - Oregon's public pension unfunded liability is putting pressure on tuition at the state's public universities. University pension costs account for nearly 10 percent of their budgets.
Dec 04, 2017 28

Rising retirement costs are placing pressure on college tuitions

Public universities are spending nearly 10 percent of their budgets on retirement benefits.
Oregon state revenues are also are expected to climb higher than previously expected beyond mid-2019, when the state's current budget biennium ends, according a revenue forecast released Wednesday. In the long term, revenues are expected to slow, as the state's population ages and more of those people exit the labor force.
Nov 30, 2017 47

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 people retire.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Portland resident Erik Baldwin changed his party affiliation to participate in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, but he says he wishes Oregon would open up primaries to nonaffiliated and third-party voter registrants.
Nov 30, 2017 36

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.
FILE PHOTO - The Secretary of State's Office released an audit Wednesday critical of the Oregon Health Authority's inability to detect and prevent improper payments for health care services.
Nov 29, 2017 103

Audit faults OHA's inability to detect improper payments

Secretary of State's Office says OHA initially withheld information needed to perform audit.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, walks in with other state senators to Gov. Kate Brown's inauguration ceremony Jan. 9, 2017, in the House of Representatives chamber at the Oregon Capitol in Salem.
Nov 21, 2017 62

Second senator formally complains against Kruse

Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward filed a formal complaint Tuesday against Sen. Jeff Kruse for unwanted touching .
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Gov. Kate Brown has ordered the Oregon Health Authority to guarantee coverage for children and pregnant women covered by a federal program that's in limbo. Congress has yet to reauthorize funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which expired in September.
Nov 21, 2017 62

Gov. Brown directs OHA to preserve kids' insurance program

Federal funding expired in September and Congress has yet to reauthorize the program.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Members of the Portland Area Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee held their first meeting at the Porltand office of the Oregon Department of Transportation Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Left to right: Kris Strickler of the Washington State Department of Transportation, Tony DeFalco of Verde, Washington County Commissioner Roy Rogers, Neil McFarlane of TriMet, Phil Ditzler of the Federal Highway Administration, Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas and Brendan Finn of the City of Portland.
Nov 20, 2017 61

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.
CAPITAL BUREAU - The day after Thanksgiving has been a paid holiday for Oregon state employees since 2015, when it was negotiated as part of the state's collective bargaining agreement.
Nov 20, 2017 61

Black Friday is a paid holiday for most state workers

The day after Thanksgiving has been a paid holiday for state employees since 2015.
NICK BUDNICK/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber
Nov 17, 2017 66

State ethics commission denies Kitzhaber settlement

Oregon Government Ethics Commission staff members recommended a penalty of $1,000 to settle ethics violations.
FILE PHOTO - In a letter Friday to Gov. Kate Brown, the director of the Oregon Health Authority reported the agency may have erroneously paid, allocated, inaccurately recorded or over-claimed $112.4 million in health care funds. That's in addition to $74 million overpaid to coordinated care organizations.
Nov 17, 2017 75

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.