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Oregon Democrats want to trim controversial tax break for investors

At issue is whether the opportunity zone program, part of President Trump’s 2017 tax overhaul, truly incentivizes redevelopment in blighted areas or is gravy for investors in projects that would happen even without the incentive. Source: Oregon Democrats want to trim controversial tax break for investors

Walkout still on the table for Oregon Senate Republicans over cap-and-trade bill

A walkout over a bill capping greenhouse gas emissions is still an option Senate Republicans are considering ahead of the Feb. 3 Oregon legislative session, Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr., R-Grants Pass, told reporters Wednesday. “I’m still having conversations, but nothing is off the table,” he said. “I would not want to speculate one […]
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Oregon DEQ Data Shows Pollution From Woodstoves Is On A Wildfire’s Scale

New data from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality shows woodstoves and chimneys emit particulate pollution at levels similar to a wildfire. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has released new data that shows 12.8 million pounds of particulate pollution matter are released into Oregon’s air by woodstoves and chimneys each year. Source: Oregon DEQ […]
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Oregon’s new tribal history curriculum slowly rolling out

Eagerly anticipated by area teachers and students, the teachings were created with the state’s nine tribes. Source: Oregon’s new tribal history curriculum slowly rolling out

Oregon Senate Republican leader still opposes revamped climate policy; looking for a referral to voters

Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger said Wednesday that another walkout to deny Democrats a quorum on their climate change vote remains a possibility, and that he would prefer to see the policy referred to voters. Source: Oregon Senate Republican leader still opposes revamped climate policy; looking for a referral to voters

Oregon Legislature Once Again Discusses Safe Firearms Storage

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees met in a joint session Wednesday and discussed legislation requiring gun owners to secure their firearms when not in use. Source: Oregon Legislature Once Again Discusses Safe Firearms Storage

Covanta Marion tries again to get renewable energy designation for garbage burner

Covanta Marion officials have said that if the legislation fails again, they will have to double garbage rates or shutter the plant. Source: Covanta Marion tries again to get renewable energy designation for garbage burner

Trump’s import tariffs could cripple Oregon’s wine industry, limiting consumer choices, while sending prices soaring

Oregon winemakers worry that imposing 100% tariffs on European wines would put most distributors out of business, crippling the U.S. wine industry in a way not seen since Prohibition. Source: Trump’s import tariffs could cripple Oregon’s wine industry, limiting consumer choices, while sending prices soaring

Bad math means Oregon needs $12 million more to pay pledged raises to caregivers

The data error was revealed during legislative hearings this week. A contractor’s calculation error that went undetected for months will delay changes to the way caregivers of vulnerable Oregonians are paid, a state official told lawmakers during public hearings this week. Source: Bad math means Oregon needs $12 million more to pay pledged raises to caregivers

Few vaping lung illness victims bought THC at legal stores, unlike in Oregon

The new data underscores Oregon’s strange place in the vaping-related lung illness epidemic. Only a sliver of vaping-related lung illness victims used products bought at recreational marijuana stores, according to new data published Tuesday, in contrast to Oregon’s victims, all of whom bought products at legal stores. Source: Few vaping lung illness victims bought THC […]
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