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Oregon’s Unique Bike Tax Is Pulling In Far Less Than Expected

The $15 flat tax on bicycle sales over $200 in Oregon is on track to bring in less than half of what economists predicted. Source: Oregon’s Unique Bike Tax Is Pulling In Far Less Than Expected

Deadline Looming For Oregonians To Sign Up For Health Care

The window for Oregonians to enroll in new health insurance closes Saturday night. So far more than 73,000 people have signed-up. Source: Deadline Looming For Oregonians To Sign Up For Health Care

Oregon’s Public Defense System ‘Is Not Constitutional’ Report Finds

A draft report obtained by OPB concludes that Oregon’s public defense system is so bureaucratic and structurally flawed that it can’t guarantee clients are getting the defense they’re owed. Source: Oregon’s Public Defense System ‘Is Not Constitutional’ Report Finds

Farm Bill Contains Familiar Fight Over Wildfire Management

Congress passed a new Farm Bill on Wednesday that also contains several provisions aimed at reducing the severity of Western wildfires. Source: Farm Bill Contains Familiar Fight Over Wildfire Management

Senate leader, lawmaker at loggerheads over pay equity documents

Letter, emails detail clash as conservative senator tries to get more information from leader’s staff Source: Senate leader, lawmaker at loggerheads over pay equity documents

Lawmakers: Why did BOLI drag its feet on pay rules?

Senate committee grills staff as hundreds of employers still confused as equity act requirements loom. Source: Lawmakers: Why did BOLI drag its feet on pay rules?

Union child care workers big winners as talks produce double-digit raise

State, SEIU agree to pay two scales: one for urban areas and one for the rest of the state. Source: Union child care workers big winners as talks produce double-digit raise

Free ‘first day’ hikes event returns to Oregon on Jan. 1

State tells community members to ‘go take a hike’ for free on the first day of the new year. Source: Free ‘first day’ hikes event returns to Oregon on Jan. 1

Airbnb deal aims to fix problem with short-term rentals

New registration process should put teeth in Portland regulations for short-term rentals. Source: Airbnb deal aims to fix problem with short-term rentals

U.S. Farm Bill includes industrial hemp legalization pushed by Oregon lawmakers

The 2018 Farm Bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could provide a lift to Oregon’s growing hemp industry. Source: U.S. Farm Bill includes industrial hemp legalization pushed by Oregon lawmakers