Oregon Gov. Kate Brown calls mid-August special session to cut state budget

Oregon lawmakers will reconvene at the state Capitol Aug. 10 for a special session focused on cuts to close a more than $1 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Kate Brown announced on Friday. Legislators have known since earlier this year that they had to return to Salem for a second special session to patch the budget, […]
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Oregon says it will offer quicker benefits to ‘tens of thousands’ of unemployed workers waiting for claims adjudication

Oregon said Friday that an administrative change will enable the state to offer early prepayments to “tens of thousands” of unemployed workers who are waiting to have their claims adjudicated. The state’s adjudication process has been clogged by a backlog that typically runs between 12 and 16 weeks, leaving many newly jobless Oregonians without income […]
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Business groups sue to overturn Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order on climate change

A coalition of Oregon’s largest industry groups filed a lawsuit Friday to overturn the executive order on climate change policy that Gov. Kate Brown issued after Republicans walked out of this year’s short legislative session and once again killed Democrats’ controversial carbon cap and trade bill. Source: Business groups sue to overturn Gov. Kate Brown’s […]
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Umatilla County is the 1st in Oregon to return to stay-home orders, drawing bitter responses. Which counties might be next?

One of John Shafer’s constituents couldn’t have put it more bluntly: Pass a resolution encouraging residents of this eastern Oregon county to ignore Gov. Kate Brown’s new stay-home orders, or I won’t vote for you. Shafer, who is chairman of the Umatilla County board of commissioners, isn’t willing to take that defiant stance. Source: Umatilla […]
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OSU estimates 17% of Hermiston residents infected with coronavirus

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s decision Thursday to push Umatilla County back to stay-at-home status came after she learned of alarmingly high coronavirus spread in Hermiston estimated by researchers at Oregon State University. Source: OSU estimates 17% of Hermiston residents infected with coronavirus – oregonlive.com

Oregon PERS: Lawmakers successfully stanch pension cost increases but leave system’s funded status at risk

Oregon lawmakers have successfully, if perhaps temporarily, halted the steady upward trajectory of public pension costs for government employers, according to a preliminary analysis of pension contribution rates that will kick in a year from now. Source: Oregon PERS: Lawmakers successfully stanch pension cost increases but leave system’s funded status at risk – oregonlive.com

Oregon Insight: Consumer spending rebounds – but not in travel and entertainment

When the coronavirus shutdown hit Oregon in March, Oregonians closed their wallets. Overall consumer spending fell by as much as a third as the state hunkered down to ride out the pandemic. Spending in a few categories, like transportation and restaurants, nearly stopped, according to data from Opportunity Insights, a Harvard-based economic research team. Source: […]
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Giant ‘murder hornet’ captured in Washington state’s Whatcom County

Nearly two months after the “murder hornet” invaded Washington, state officials have managed to capture one of the massive insects in a trap for the very first time. Scientists have been working to capture the invasive Asian giant hornets, which measure more than 2 inches long, in a bid to prevent a full-on infestation. Source: […]
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Loss of high-level engineer at state geology agency is ‘a detriment to public safety in Oregon’

A high-level engineer who specialized in evaluating earthquake and tsunami risks in Oregon was laid off from her position at the state’s geology agency earlier this month, potentially compromising some aspects of public safety. Yumei Wang, who worked for Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, also known as DOGAMI, for 26 years was told […]
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Coronavirus in Oregon: 285 new cases, 1 death reported Sunday

The Oregon Health Authority reported 285 new coronavirus cases and one death Sunday as the state tightened restrictions in certain hard-hit counties. The new numbers come as the seven-day rolling average for daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Oregon remain near their highest levels on record. Source: Coronavirus in Oregon: 285 new cases, 1 death […]
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