Author Archives: bobpietz

Editorial: Tweak, don’t cancel, kicker

Once again the idea of repealing Oregon’s income tax kicker is being chatted up in Salem. That’s no surprise: The 2019 Legislature may face as much as a $1 billion revenue shortfall, and raising taxes is far easier than cutting programs or bringing reason to the state’s underfunded Public Employees Retirement System.Ditching the kicker does […]
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Ban on food taxes would be a first

What will soon be titled Measure 103 could affect taxes on fuel, bottle deposits and even state Medicaid funding, according to a recent analysis. A corporate-funded ballot measure that would block junk-food and sugary-drink taxes and freeze the state’s corporate minimum tax for certain companies qualified for the Nov. 6 ballot this week. Source: Ban […]
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Mid Oregon Credit Union acquires High Desert Bank

Bend-based High Desert Bank has been acquired by Mid Oregon Credit Union, following approval from federal banking regulators, the credit union announced Wednesday.The bank, which has been in operation since 2007 with one location, had about $21 million in assets and about 400 customers. All five employees were offered positions at Mid Oregon Credit Union, […]
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Martin Shain, energy consultant, pleads guilty in tax credit bribery scheme

A Seattle energy consultant pleaded guilty Wednesday to tax evasion and fraud charges in connection with a tax credit brokering scheme he masterminded with the help of an Oregon Department of Energy manager. Source: Martin Shain, energy consultant, pleads guilty in tax credit bribery scheme

These industries have the most Oregon consumer complaints

Which industries draw the most complaints from Oregon consumers? Source: These industries have the most Oregon consumer complaints

Senior population boom hits every corner of Oregon: See which counties are aging fastest

Oregon’s 65-and-older population growth outpaces the U.S. as a whole, and none of the state’s 36 counties are spared. Source: Senior population boom hits every corner of Oregon: See which counties are aging fastest

Climate change worsens fires

With fire season fast approaching, Oregonians are bracing for the possibility of another summer of wild fires and choking smoke.Below-average rainfall, low snowpacks, low stream flows and higher than normal temperatures are already fueling fears of another bad fire season. This week, Gov. Kate Brown declared a drought emergency in in Douglas County; emergencies had […]
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Wildfire season: Forest Service planning to put out anything that smokes

Wildfire season is about to kick into gear. A major lightning storm was expected to roll across Oregon’s Cascade Range on Wednesday afternoon and evening, bringing the type of strikes that often spark wildfire. The National Weather Service warned boaters on Detroit Lake at about 2:30 p.m. to “get off the water NOW!” Source: Wildfire […]
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Sen. Brian Boquist sues Gov. Kate Brown, state revenue department over tax bill

An Oregon state senator has filed a lawsuit against top lawmakers and the governor, saying the passage of a controversial March tax measure violated the state constitution. Source: Sen. Brian Boquist sues Gov. Kate Brown, state revenue department over tax bill

Toxins in Salem’s water back above advisory level; focus on toxins grows nationwide

Algal toxins once again registered above health advisory limits in Salem’s drinking water, according to test results received Wednesday. Source: Toxins in Salem’s water back above advisory level; focus on toxins grows nationwide