Author Archives: bobpietz

Committee to study tolling on I-5, I-205; asking for public input

Washingtonians could soon be paying a lot more to commute into the Portland area. But, before officials make any final decision, they’re asking for the public’s input. House Bill 2017 has been approved by the Oregon Legislature and directs ODOT’s commissio Source: Committee to study tolling on I-5, I-205; asking for public input

Could Oregon’s marijuana business boom turn to bust?

Oregon’s marijuana legalization has produced a business boom — a boom that some fear may go bust if the state can’t get a handle on its regulatory process.The concern surfaced in the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference held Sunday at the Ashland Hills Hotel. Growers, processors, retailers and regulators who came together for the session found […]
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Oregon’s Population Keeps Rising, Now At 4.1 million

New estimates put Oregon’s population at 4.1 million. Source: Oregon’s Population Keeps Rising, Now At 4.1 million

Herrera Beutler presses ODOT for information on tolling

Six days before the first Portland Region Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee meeting Monday, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, sent a letter to the Oregon Department of Transportation Source: Herrera Beutler presses ODOT for information on tolling

State revenue would go up under fed tax plan

A massive tax reform package being debated in the U.S. Congress likely would put more money into Oregon coffers, and taxpayers would notice some major changes.”Federal taxes in all likelihood will go down overall, and there will be a slight increase in state income taxes,” said Paul Warner, Oregon’s legislative revenue officer.As the current tax reform package […]
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OHA director details another $112 million in possible Medicaid errors

The figure is on top of the state’s estimated overpayment of $74 million to coordinated care organizations. Source: OHA director details another $112 million in possible Medicaid errors

A Controversial Oregon Transmission Line Gets The Go-Ahead

The federal government has approved plans for a controversial transmission line that would cross public lands in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho. The Source: A Controversial Oregon Transmission Line Gets The Go-Ahead

We can no longer afford to discard substance abuse programs from our health insurance benefits.

This was the first of many surprising conclusions discovered by our committee of citizens. We spent seven months attempting to understand Oregon’s addiction problem.

Oregon State Hospital Population Down, But Could Rise with Winter

The state has tried to work proactively with counties to get them to stop warehousing people in the state mental hospital when they are too sick to stand trial. This population, which has doubled in the past five years, sits at 190 after peaking last winter at 243.

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