Category Archives: Office of the Governor

Oregon Governor’s Promised Tax Break Would Reach Sliver Of Targeted Businesses

If Gov. Kate Brown follows through on a plan to call Oregon’s Legislature into a special session in the coming months, she might wind up giving a tax break to a sliver of the businesses she’s pledged to target. Brown announced April 6 that she wants to convene the Oregon Legislature to give a tax cut […]
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Editorial: Did Gov. Brown pick the right priority for a special session?

GGov. Kate Brown has called for a one-day special legislative session in June to give some of the smallest businesses in the state — sole proprietorships — a tax break. We don’t know what to think about the tax break. We haven’t seen the proposal. A special session for smaller businesses does have advantages. It’s […]
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Brown to sign university funding bill at OSU-Cascades

Legislature allocated $39 million for second academic building. Gov. Kate Brown will visit Oregon State University-Cascades on Wednesday to sign a bill authorizing $39 million for a new academic building at the campus. Source: Brown to sign university funding bill at OSU-Cascades; Legislature allocated $39 million for second academic building

Editorial: Governor and Legislature need to do more about PERS

Sunday’s Bulletin featured a New York Times story highlighting the devastating math of Oregon’s public employees retirement system known as PERS. PERS has produced ridiculous outcomes. Consider former Oregon Health & Science University’s President Joe Robertson’s state pension of $76,111. A month. Mike Bellotti, the University of Oregon’s former football coach, had his retirement grossly […]
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Hansell: A business tax fairy tale

Inconceivable! This word rang out time and time again from the lips of Vizzini when I recently watched “The Princess Bride” on DVD while riding my exercise bike off to nowhere. I had not watched this classic movie since its release in 1987, more than 30 years ago. The story was epic then, and is […]
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Childcare safety bill signed into law by Governor Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Friday signed into law stronger regulations to help keep kids safe at day cares. Brown’s official blessing, which had been expected, comes one month after HB 4065 unanimously passed the Legislature. Brown also touted the roughly $2 million she secured from lawmakers to increase childcare oversight, among other things. Source: Childcare […]
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Editorial: Governor shows how politics is done 

Kate Brown didn’t get to where she is without learning how to play the game of politics. On April 7, she demonstrated just how good at it she is. Oregon’s governor had been mulling whether to sign or veto the tax bill her fellow Democrats passed during the short 2018 legislative session, saving the state […]
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Kate Brown’s New Business Tax Break Could Cost $15 Million Annually

That’s far less than a potential tax break Brown decided to axe earlier this month. A small business tax break proposed by Gov. Kate Brown last week could mean a $15 million annual hit to state coffers, according to the state’s Legislative Revenue Office. Source: Kate Brown’s New Business Tax Break Could Cost $15 Million Annually […]
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Second Oregon county gets drought declaration

Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in two Oregon counties as the state braces for the upcoming wildfire season. They’re the first state drought declarations since 2015. Source: Second Oregon county gets drought declaration

President Donald Trump agrees to leave state-legal pot programs alone

America’s fast-growing marijuana industry could be poised for supercharged expansion after President Trump promised to respect state-legalized pot in a deal with a Colorado senator who had been blocking presidential nominees. Source: President Donald Trump agrees to leave state-legal pot programs alone