Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers
Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week's big, and small, Oregon political stories.
• 7: Rank of Oregon among states for income taxes paid per capita, according to the Tax Foundation.
• 29: Rank of Oregon among states for excise taxes — taxes on specific goods such as gas and beer.
• 8: Rank among states of how Oregon's economy is performing, according to WalletHub.
• 27,000: Number of Oregonians working in high-tech industry in 2017, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.
• 17,000: Number of Oregonians working in high-tech industry in 2006.
• $155 million: Amount in back taxes Comcast has agreed to pay the state of Oregon after a protracted fight over property taxes, according to OPB
• 16: Minimum number of times Marion County Sheriff's deputies held down and punched a 28-year-old suspect in the head on Monday, an incident near Detroit, Ore., documented by a Portland TV station, KGW. The incident resulted in calls for an investigation from the ACLU and the state branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, according to the AP.
• 45: Citizen initiative petitions filed for the November 2018 ballot, according to the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. A handful are still in the running to make it to voters.
• 9: Meetings the Oregon Health Authority will be holding across the state in the coming weeks in an effort to improve the Oregon Health Plan, the government-funded health insurance for low-income people and other qualifying groups.
• $1 million: Amount a cryptocurrency company, Ripple, is giving the University of Oregon to study the digital payment industry, according to the Register-Guard.