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Oregon’s economy slowing, state revenue outlook darkens

Oregon’s top economists say the state’s revenue outlook is considerably darker over the next two years. Oregon’s long economic expansion is set for a considerable slowdown during the state’s next two-year budget cycle, though Oregon’s top economists said Wednesday they still don’t expect a recession. In fact, they expect taxpayers will get an even bigger […]
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Oregon revenue forecast shows strong economy, bigger kicker, but uncertainty ahead

Oregon’s latest revenue forecast shows a stronger than expected economy heading into the next biennium, but with the potential for storm clouds ahead. Source: Oregon revenue forecast shows strong economy, bigger kicker, but uncertainty ahead

Oregon Tax Collections Keep Exceeding Expectations; Kicker Likely

Analysts caution they don’t know exactly why tax returns have been so robust, but they expect Oregonians will see a big kicker. Source: Oregon Tax Collections Keep Exceeding Expectations; Kicker Likely

Why did my Oregon property tax bill go up? 4 questions to ask

Oregon’s complex property tax system doesn’t always make it easy to figure out, but here are the most common reasons for tax bills to jump. Oregon homeowners might be wondering why they owe so much more in property taxes than last year. Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas county residents can look up their tax bills and compare them to […]
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California wildfires, wood burning cause smoky skies in Portland

Air quality throughout much of western Oregon and parts of southern Oregon was also “unhealthy for sensitive groups” early Thursday. Source: California wildfires, wood burning cause smoky skies in Portland

New permit system will limit hiking in Mount Jefferson, Three Sisters wilderness in 2020

A sharp increase in crowds prompted officials to enact sweeping changes to the way people access 450,000 acres of Oregon backcountry. Source: New permit system will limit hiking in Mount Jefferson, Three Sisters wilderness in 2020

National Parks backing Willamette Falls as National Heritage Area

Next step is to write legislation that will be introduced to U.S. Congress in 2019 Source: National Parks backing Willamette Falls as National Heritage Area

Former Oregon Capitol Interns Come Forward In Sexual Harassment Case

The two interns were harassed by former state Sen. Jeff Kruse. They’ve come forward publicly for the first time as part of an ongoing legal fight. Source: Former Oregon Capitol Interns Come Forward In Sexual Harassment Case

DEQ sampling shows no fuel in Umpqua River near tanker spill site

Samples from the Umpqua River still show water free of gasoline or diesel near the site of an Oct. 22 fatal tanker truck crash, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announced Wednesday. Source: DEQ sampling shows no fuel in Umpqua River near tanker spill site

Report: Lane County charitable giving trails many populous Oregon counties

Oregonians are generous givers, donating roughly $2 billion annually to nonprofits and charitable causes in recent years.But a new study by the financial analysis and technology firm SmartAsset found Lane County trailing other urban Oregon counties in some key giving benchmarks Source: Report: Lane County charitable giving trails many populous Oregon counties