Why States Are Struggling to Tax Services

The services industry grew from half of the U.S. GDP in 1966 to more than two-thirds in 2016. As states struggle to align their tax codes with the modern service economy, expanding sales taxes to include activities like personal care, home repair, funeral services, computer maintenance and similar enterprises would seem to be a logical […]
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Why the Latest News on Marijuana and Car Crashes Has Some Experts Skeptical

Other studies have found no significant effect in the number of crashes since the first three states legalized marijuana sales. States that legalized marijuana sales have higher rates of car crashes than neighboring states that don’t allow pot sales. At least, that’s what researchers from the Highway Loss Data Institute, an insurance group, concluded, after […]
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States Where Each Generation of Americans Is Growing, Declining

Newly released Census data show different shifts in millennial, Generation X and baby boomer populations across states. Millennials have grown to make up the largest generation of Americans. Meanwhile, the number of baby boomers, which once held the title, are starting to shrink. A review of new Census data shows differences in how these population […]
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Uncertain of the Future, States Save and Save Some More

Governors and legislatures are keeping spending growth at its lowest level since the recession to make sure they’re prepared for the next one. In the face of a politically and financially uncertain fiscal 2018, states are hunkering down, pulling back on spending increases and beefing up rainy day funds. Source: Uncertain of the Future, States […]
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Can States and Cities Really Uphold the Paris Climate Deal?

They have pledged to carry out the landmark accord on behalf of America. We asked environmental experts for the most effective and politically practical ways they can help do that. Early this month, President Trump formally announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, angering environmentalists across the globe. But […]
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California invested heavily in solar power. Now there’s so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it 

The state’s push forward on both fossil fuel and renewable plants has led to excess power — and energy that goes to waste. On 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power. Well, actually better than free. California produced so much solar power on those days that it paid […]
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Freeman: Timber lawsuit ruling came as bit of a shock

A judge’s ruling last week that counties can’t sue the state for money came as a little bit of a shock, said Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman on Monday. The ruling came down last week in a $1.4 billion class action lawsuit in which Linn County is suing the state of Oregon over timber management […]
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Insect venom shortage could be dangerous for those with allergies

Bee, wasp venom shortage could be dangerous for those with allergies Source: Insect venom shortage could be dangerous for those with allergies – CNN.com

Approval of tech bill a setback and a success

When House Bill 3206 was introduced March 1, sponsors knew they would need to exercise some across-the-aisle politics to get it through committee. The bill sought significant tax breaks for tech businesses willing to settle and develop in Klamath County including incentives for hiring graduates of Oregon Tech, as well as for hardware and software […]
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Things look different through a school district ‘equity lens’ | Guest Commentary

I am not one who is excited by slogans. It seems like modern culture is often little more than sound bites. Rarely does contemporary discussion delve below the superficial. Thankfully, there is an exception to this rule. The Oregon Department of Education is challenging our schools to look at our practices through what they call […]
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