Category Archives: Opinion

Don’t wait for campaign finance reform

Gov. Kate Brown says there’s no hurry to pass campaign finance limits during the 2020 legislative session, preferring to wait for voters to decide in November whether to amend the Oregon Constitution to allow it. In remarks to reporters during a session preview last week, Brown said she has “really strong thoughts” about the issue […]
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Editorial: Homeless focus overlooks important piece of the puzzle

Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek hopes to persuade the state Legislature to commit at least $40 million to help finance new shelters for the homeless this year. If she’s successful, the money will be a good step in efforts to provide relief for Oregon’s least fortunate residents, though it’s a long way from […]
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Don’t wait for campaign finance reform

Gov. Kate Brown says there’s no hurry to pass campaign finance limits during the 2020 legislative session, preferring to wait for voters to decide in November whether to amend the Oregon Constitution to allow it. In remarks to reporters during a session preview last week, Brown said she has “really strong thoughts” about the issue […]
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Editorial: Reporters Committee bringing needed help to Oregon

Oregon media organizations are going to get some much needed help in getting public records. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced Tuesday Oregon was one of five states selected to have an attorney to help journalists gain access to public records and hold government accountable. Oregon’s public records law is a farce […]
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Editorial: State fire plan’s a good first step

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wants the state to get serious about dealing with and preventing wildfire, and what she has in mind is a first step down a long road. Lawmakers will take up her proposed legislation when the short, even-year session begins Feb. 3. It’s a good beginning. Source: Editorial: State fire plan’s a […]
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Editorial: Companies don’t get to hide spending of public money

The sports betting contractor with the Oregon lottery is insisting Oregonians can’t know what and how the state is paying them. Can that company be serious? Yes, it is. The company, SBTech, based in Malta, is suing to keep the financial details of its contract with the state lottery a secret. It claims releasing the […]
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Our view | Lawmakers shouldn’t rush complex bills

Oregon legislators will hit the 2020 legislative session on Feb. 3, and while there are already a number of high-profile bills on the horizon, elected leaders should remember that complex legislation can’t be ironed out in a mere 35 days. One key bill apparently on the legislative agenda is a new proposal to slash greenhouse […]
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Editorial: Cascades snowfall is good news for mid-valley

The wintry mix of weather hitting Linn and Benton counties this week might be a pain for residents dealing with slick roads and other issues, but it also means that there’s good news up in the mountains for Oregonians. There’s snow up in the hills. Just how bad was the snowpack earlier this winter? Source: […]
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School nutrition was improving. Now the Trump administration is set to undo it.

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT last year released results of a comprehensive study of school nutrition programs to […]
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Editorial: Climate bill shuts the door on openness | Opinion | bendbulletin.com

Would it make you edgy if Oregon government was going to launch a big, new program worth millions and keep secret how well it works? If so, read on. This is about the new Oregon greenhouse gas bill. Source: Editorial: Climate bill shuts the door on openness | Opinion | bendbulletin.com