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COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
October 17, 2017

Oregon sues to obtain stats on DACA arrests

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined attorneys general from nine other states to demand federal agencies hand over information on the number of Dreamer arrests and detention locations.
TWITTER - Erious Johnson Jr.
October 16, 2017

Why was the target of DOJ profiling forced to leave?

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Erious Johnson Jr., whose coworkers profiled him for tweets about Black Lives Matter, is the only DOJ employee who was forced out in surveillance scandal, as a condition of the state paying him $205,000 to settle his civil rights violation claim.
CAPITAL BUREAU - A task force appointed by Gov. Kate Brown and charged with finding ways to reduce the unfunded liability in the Public Employees Retirement System met for the last time Friday.
October 13, 2017

PERS task force meets for final time as deadline looms

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Since the task force started meeting in July, the unfunded liability has increased $3 billion, to $25.3 billion.
EO MEDIA GROUP - The Oregon Department of Forestry estimates that the 2017 fire season has so far cost it $38.9 million.
October 11, 2017

Forestry Department wants more money for fires

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The Oregon Department of Forestry estimates that the 2017 fire season has so far cost it $38.9 million.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon
October 09, 2017

State economists: Prison population declining from new programs

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The October prison population forecast indicates that programs lawmakers enacted earlier this year are already working to curtail influx of prisoners and avoid the need for a second women's prison.
CAPITAL BUREAU - Gov. Kate Brown
October 06, 2017

Governor renews push for closing gun loopholes in 2018

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
It's unclear the Legislature will pass the measures in the upcoming short session.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Patty Wentz, spokesperson for the Coalition of Community Health Clinics, answers questions during a press conference on Referendum 301 Thursday in Portland.
October 05, 2017

Petitioners submit signatures for provider tax referral

by Claire Withycombe and Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Opponents argue that as many as 350,000 may see reduced benefits, or may be cut from the program altogether.
CAPITAL BUREAU - Auditors from the Oregon Secretary of State's Office said the Oregon Department of Human Services should take "immediate action" to improve in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities in a program serving about 13,000 people.
October 04, 2017

Audit: DHS should improve oversight of in-home care

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Auditors say the DHS should take 'immediate action' to improve in-home care for seniors.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A heart failure patient is brought into Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center on a stretcher. A new icitizen poll says most Oregonians would oppose a $600 million tax on health insurance policies.
Oct 04, 2017 47

Poll: Majority oppose state tax on health care

The online survey by icitizen gauged Oregonians' opinions on a state health care tax to fund Medicaid and other new policies.
CAPITAL BUREAU - Three lawmakers have filed an appeal with the Oregon Supreme Court challenging the ballot title of a proposed referendum on the state's health care funding scheme.
Oct 03, 2017 71

Petitioners appeal provider tax ballot title

Three GOP lawmakers are challenging the health care financing scheme passed during the last session.
COURTESY PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown
Oct 02, 2017 71

Survey: GOP no-name ranks better than Buehler in governor's race

The survey by Nashville's icitizen also showed half of Oregonians have an unfavorable opinion of Gov. Kate Brown, but she would still win reelection by a narrow margin.
COURTESY USDA - A GOP plan to reform federal tax code could cost Oregonians the deduction of state and local taxes, which totaled $5.9 billion in 2015.
Sep 29, 2017 56

Federal tax reform plan could cost Oregonians

In 2015, Oregonians deducted nearly $5.9 billion in state and local taxes from their federal income taxes.
U.S. SUPREME COURT - U.S. Supreme Courthouse
Sep 28, 2017 61

Supreme Court case could drain Oregon unions

Legal experts say a challenge of mandatory union fees has a better chance with the addition of Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Sep 27, 2017 48

Speed of payments to Medicaid providers depends on many factors

Medicaid serves 1.1 million Oregonians who meet certain income eligibility requirements.
CAPITAL BUREAU - State revenue officials say it's too early to tell if increased efforts to collect money owed to the state are paying off.
Sep 27, 2017 56

State says it's too early to judge collection efforts

As of mid-2016, the state was owed about $3.3 billion in unpaid taxes, fees and fines.
PARIS ACHEN/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Left to right in front, Rep. Rob Nosse, Jesse O'Brien of OSPIRG and Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward speak in February at the Oregon Capitol in Salem about legislation to reign in prescription drug costs.
Sep 27, 2017 62

Lawmakers seek reasons for prescription drug costs

Oregon Rep. Rob Nosse plans to propose a law modeled after California's that requires pharmaceutical companies to explain steep increases in drug prices.
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - The Wickiup Junction railroad overpass project in La Pine
Sep 26, 2017 52

Engineers: Tear down $12 million Highway 97 bridge

ODOT recommends scrapping the Wickiup Junction project in La Pine because underlying soil is unstable.
COURTESY PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown
Sep 25, 2017 76

Gov. Kate Brown announces reelection bid

In her first campaign ad, Brown contrasts her administration to Trump's policies.
CAPITAL BUREAU - A legislative committee said Friday that a repeal of the health care funding package could cost Oregon more than $840 million.
Sep 22, 2017 55

Repeal of provider tax could cost state more than $840 million

A financial estimate of the impact of partial repeal of the law was approved Friday morning.
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - A stock photo that was used by ODOT's Traffic Safety Division for a public education poster on texting and driving
Sep 20, 2017 58

What you can do under Oregon's new distracted driving law

The revised law expands a ban on mobile electronic devices and stiffens penalties and fines.