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CAPITAL BUREAU - The state economist told legislators Wednesday that Oregon taxpayers could receive the 'kicker' in 2019 as a booming economy and changes in tax law have increased tax revenues.
May 24, 2018

State economist predicts 2019 taxpayer 'kicker'

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Changes in tax law, booming economy boost state revenues beyond official projections.
JONATHAN HOUSE/PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County elections worker Tony Canales sorts through incoming ballots for the November 2016 general election.
May 23, 2018

State grapples with gaps in I.T. project oversight

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Certain state agencies are exempt from laws passed in 2014-15 to require state agencies to have independent outisde oversight and reporting on I.T. projects.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Left to right, State Sen. Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward, D-Beaverton, Sen. Alan Olsen, R-Canby, Sen. Fred Girod, R-Stayton, and Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, question experts during the first meeting of the Joint Committee on Carbon Pricing at the Oregon Capitol Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
May 22, 2018

Lawmakers begin cap and trade discussions

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The state joint legislative committee on carbon pricing heard from an expert who said a well-crafted carbon-pricing plan could be good for the state's environment and economy.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Oregon state economists say statewide unemployment is at a record low and that employers are reporting that it's difficult to fill vacancies.
May 22, 2018

Job growth slowing, but unemployment at 'record low'

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Oregon employers report having a difficult time filling their job vacancies.
JAIME VALDEZ/PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - The 2018 Oregon Legislative Assembly at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem
May 21, 2018

Legislature approves business tax break expansion

by Paris Achen and Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Gov. Kate Brown called a one-day special session Monday to expand a business tax break to sole proprietors.
EO MEDIA GROUP - The Lost Valley Dairy outside of Boardman. Regulatory problems at Lost Valley Farm, a controversial Oregon dairy, prompted a recent legislative hearing about the situation.
May 21, 2018

Oregon lawmakers mull preventing 'too big to fail' livestock operations

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Regulatory problems at Lost Valley Farm, a controversial Oregon dairy, prompted a recent legislative hearing about the situation.
OREGON LEGISLATURE - Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, has asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission for an advisory opinion on whether Gov. Kate Brown acted appropriately in calling Monday's special session or was it a
May 21, 2018

Ethics commission asked to weigh in on special session

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Republican state senator questions whether governor called the session to bolster her campaign.
EO MEDIA GROUP - U.S. Attorney Billy Williams on Friday released his priorities related to cannabis prosecutions.
May 18, 2018

Williams prioritizes pot trafficking, public safety

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
U.S. Attorney says he will 'not make broad proclamations of blanket immunity from prosecution to those who violate federal law.'
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Gov. Kate Brown answers questions at the Portland City Club's Friday Forum at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown May 18, 2018.
May 18, 2018 30

Brown plans to address property tax system

The governor says she plans to work with Senate revenue Chair Mark Hass, in 2019 on a ballot referral.
CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE/CAPITAL BUREAU - Volunteers for a citizen's initiative petition campaign to restrict assault-style weapons in Oregon sing at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland before training on gathering signatures is support of the petition.
May 17, 2018 29

Ballot initiatives enter final weeks of viability

Several controversial initiatives don't yet have a ballot title required to circulate the petition for signatures.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Rep. Knute Buehler celebrates with supporters at the McMenamin's Old Church & Pub in Wilsonville after learning he won the GOP nomination for governor May 15, 2018.
May 16, 2018 30

Buehler: Consider teacher oversight in special session

Rep. Knute Buehler, the GOP nominee for governor, challenges opponent Gov. Kate Brown to change the focus of the special session May 21 toward child protection.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Only about 33 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in Tuesday's election.
May 16, 2018 27

Primary turnout the lowest since 1964

Only about 33 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in Tuesday's election.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Rep. Knute Buehler, candidate for GOP nomination for governor, speaks to reporters at his primary election results watch party at McMenamins in Wilsonville Tuesday, May 15.
May 15, 2018 31

Buehler wins GOP nomination for governor

Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend, Portland retired pilot Greg Wooldridge and Bend businessman Sam Carpenter ended a bitter battle for the GOP nomination for governor.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE - Former Lane County state Rep. Val Hoyle is on her way to becoming the next labor commissioner, defeating former Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden.
May 15, 2018 31

Hoyle appears to win labor commissioner race

Longtime Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden trails the former legislator as votes roll in. Ogden is winning in Eastern and Southern Oregon. Hoyle is winning in the Interstate 5 corridor.
JAIME VALDEZ/PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Traffic on Interstate 5 over the Boone Bridge
May 14, 2018 31

Consultants: I-5 tolls could be a pilot

Modeling by ODOT consultants begins to show how the concepts would affect traffic and cost.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to deliver their ballots to the county clerk or deposit them in an official drop box.
May 14, 2018 28

Turnout for Tuesday's primary is light so far

Voters have until 8 p.m. to deliver ballots to the county clerk's office or to an official drop site.
JESSIE DARLAND/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - The three leading candidates for the GOP nomination for Oregon governor debated Friday. From left are State Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, an orthopedic surgeon; Sam Carpenter, a Bend businessman; and Greg Wooldridge, a motivational speaker and retired U.S. Navy pilot.
May 11, 2018 42

GOP gubernatorial candidates square off in debate

Carpenter accuses Buehler and Wooldridge of 'ganging up,' distorting record.
The Libertarians of Oregon logo.
May 10, 2018 127

Libertarians on the road to resolving split

Oregon's largest minor party split in 2011 in a dispute over the party's bylaws.
COURTESY PHOTO - Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend
May 10, 2018 45

Poll: GOP primary for governor getting closer

A recent poll by a Democratic polling firm shows Sam Carpenter is edging up to Rep. Knute Buehler in the race for the Republican nomination May 15.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Oregon's failed health insurance enrollment website cost $300 million in federal funds and tens of millions in state funds to build and never enrolled anyone. The state was locked in a legal battle with Oracle America for months over the failure before eventually settling the case for a fraction of its losses.
May 09, 2018 49

Survey: Inefficient spending equals government waste

A survey last month by Portland-based DHM Research sheds more light on how Oregonians define government waste.