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Oregon hardest-hit state in US under GOP’s new health care bill

Oregon would be the hardest hit state – losing at least $13 billion in funding — if the latest Republican health care bill becomes law, according to two analyses of the bill issued this week. Source: Oregon hardest-hit state in US under GOP’s new health care bill | OregonLive.com

Oregon lawmakers finalize ballot summary for health tax referendum

Oregon lawmakers on Wednesday finalized the language they want voters to see if an effort to overturn part of a $550 million health care tax plan makes it onto the ballot in January. Source: Oregon lawmakers finalize ballot summary for health tax referendum | OregonLive.com

Oregon lawmakers demand investigation, apology over mistaken ICE stop

Two Oregon lawmakers are calling for a federal investigation into the conduct of immigration agents who mistakenly approached a Latino man, demanded his name without identifying themselves and claimed he was in the country illegally. Source: Oregon lawmakers demand investigation, apology over mistaken ICE stop | OregonLive.com

New maps show landslide risks in Columbia gorge fire area

Officials have published new maps showing landslide risks in the Eagle Creek fire area. Source: New maps show landslide risks in Columbia gorge fire area | OregonLive.com

Portland arts tax is legal, Oregon Supreme Court rules

Portland’s controversial arts tax is legal, the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday. Source: Portland arts tax is legal, Oregon Supreme Court rules | OregonLive.com

Salem considers outlawing sitting on sidewalks in homeless crackdown

Salem is poised to outlaw sitting and lying on city sidewalks from dawn to dusk. Source: Salem considers outlawing sitting on sidewalks in homeless crackdown

Pesticide-contaminated farm soil worries neighbors

Neighbors of two farms involved in a proposed swap of pesticide-contaminated soil say they are alarmed by the plan, and have asked state officials to attend a community meeting next week to answer their questions. Source: Pesticide-contaminated farm soil worries neighbors

 Two-state transportation leaders gather in Beaverton

The leaders of Oregon and Washington state transportation agencies say their focus is shifting from developing and building projects to maintaining and improving networks. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Two-state transportation leaders gather in Beaverton

DHS Unveils Plan to Slam the Door on Support for Disabled Children

Under pressure from legislators to cut costs, the Department of Human Services outlined a plan Tuesday that will seek federal permission to close the door on children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, cutting off a program to receive in-home supports unless their families are in or near poverty. Source: DHS Unveils Plan to Slam the […]
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Portland Arts Tax Survives Biggest Test: The Oregon Supreme Court

The Oregon Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to Portland’s Arts Education and Access Fund, better known as the arts tax. Source: Portland Arts Tax Survives Biggest Test: The Oregon Supreme Court . News | OPB