Oregon paid $900,000 to a business that promised 1,600 jobs; now it’s closing Beaverton site and laying off the whole staff

State documents indicate the company never hit hiring commitments established in 2010 and that state and local governments recovered only a portion of the funding used to lure the business. Source: Oregon paid $900,000 to a business that promised 1,600 jobs; now it’s closing Beaverton site and laying off the whole staff – oregonlive.com

State regulators reject request for permit extension from Jordan Cove LNG project

The Department of State Lands will deliver its verdict on the removal-fill permit application Jan. 31, and a recent letter to backers of the Jordan Cove Energy Project suggests that a rejection could be in the offing. Source: State regulators reject request for permit extension from Jordan Cove LNG project – oregonlive.com

Sprenger bill targets masked rioters

State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio, plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative short session that would increase penalties for protesters found to have an intent to start a riot or commit a crime. Under Oregon law, rioting means acting “with five or more other persons … in tumultuous and violent conduct and thereby […]
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Oregon Unemployment Rate Hits 3.7 Percent, Lowest in at Least 44 Years

Rejoice, job seekers. The Oregon unemployment rate hit 3.7 percent in December—the lowest in at least 44 years. Source: Oregon Unemployment Rate Hits 3.7 Percent, Lowest in at Least 44 Years – Willamette Week

Legislators prepping to tackle guns, wildfires, homelessness in upcoming session

Legislators will roll up their sleeves for some speedy politicking in February, tackling some of Oregon’s thorniest problems. When they gather for the monthlong legislative session, legislators want to improve the state’s care for people with mental illness and its ability to fight increasingly destructive wildfires. State Library Ed. Note:  Oregon Capital Bureau story also […]
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Oregon graduation rate hits 80% as all student groups show gains

Oregon schools raised the statewide graduation rate for the class of 2019 to 80%, slightly narrowed racial and economic inequities and registered improvement with every single group of students. Source: Oregon graduation rate hits 80% as all student groups show gains – oregonlive.com

OLCC’s drawn out application process a burden to the industry

If you’re intent upon breaking into the Oregon cannabis industry right now, you’ll find the regulatory sledding to be somewhere between tough and impossible. Upon the passage of Oregon Senate Bill 218, signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on June 17, 2019, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission instituted a moratorium on all new marijuana […]
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Portland Public Schools’ graduation rates improve but drop at schools with high leadership churn

Eighty-one percent of seniors in Portland Public Schools graduated in 2019, according to new state data. Source: Portland Public Schools’ graduation rates improve but drop at schools with high leadership churn – oregonlive.com

Oregon public records council focuses on plan to ensure independence

League of Oregon Cities’ amendments could curtail some of the council’s and public records advocates’ authority to seek legislation. Oregon’s Public Records Advisory Council met Wednesday to discuss a legislative proposal to carve out its place as an independent agency and office under the governor. A lobbyist for the League of Oregon Cities has proposed […]
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Don’t wait for campaign finance reform

Gov. Kate Brown says there’s no hurry to pass campaign finance limits during the 2020 legislative session, preferring to wait for voters to decide in November whether to amend the Oregon Constitution to allow it. In remarks to reporters during a session preview last week, Brown said she has “really strong thoughts” about the issue […]
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