Category Archives: Office of the Governor

Oregon’s Virtual Charter Schools Are the Definition of Social Distancing. The State Shut Them Down Anyway.

The Oregon Department of Education has closed the state’s online charter schools under Gov. Kate Brown’s order to close public schools to halt the spread of COVID-19, according to a document obtained by WW. “The governor’s E.O. 20-08 closed all public charter schools as defined in ORS 338.005(2),” states a March 24 PowerPoint presentation to the state’s […]
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Oregon’s online schools also subject to Gov. Kate Brown’s coronavirus closure order

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s mid-March order shuttering the state’s public schools also applies to publicly funded online academies, state education officials said. Source: Oregon’s online schools also subject to Gov. Kate Brown’s coronavirus closure order –

Coronavirus Halts Home Visits As Census-Takers Prepare To Work From Home

The 2020 census was supposed to break new ground by moving more surveys in the once-a-decade U.S. population count online than ever before. Now, a global pandemic and Gov. Kate Brown’s order telling most Oregonians to stay home is pushing census-takers to get even more innovative than they had planned. Source: Coronavirus Halts Home Visits As […]
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Some Health Care Workers Treating COVID-19 Resort To DIY Protective Equipment Amid Shortage

Oregon is one of many states that thought they had a federal response to fall back on, thought they had more time. By the time Oregon sought additional protective equipment for health care workers, the new coronavirus was at the doorstep. Source: Some Health Care Workers Treating COVID-19 Resort To DIY Protective Equipment Amid Shortage […]
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Asian American Harassment | Climate Change Order | 2020 Census – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have reported an increase in racist harassment and attacks across the United States. Before the novel coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, the big story in Oregon legislative politics was the walkout by state Republicans to prevent Democrats from passing a cap-and-trade bill. Without a quorum, Democratic lawmakers were […]
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Health officials must be more transparent | Mail Tribune

As we all grapple with the rapidly changing landscape of the novel coronavirus pandemic, accurate information becomes more important than ever. State and local health officials must do a better job of communicating with the public than they have so far. That means releasing as much detailed information about the spread of the virus as […]
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For the first weekday since March 16, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown skips coronavirus briefing

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has delivered coronavirus response announcements and fielded questions from reporters in telephone calls every weekday since March 16. But the governor opted not to hold such a call on Thursday because most of the state’s updates are expected to be delivered by health officials at a 1 p.m. briefing. Source: For the first […]
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State extends income tax deadline to July 15

Oregonians will have until July 15 to file their personal income taxes with the state, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. But any quarterly payments for 2020 still will be due April 15. The IRS has extended its deadline to July 15 for filing personal and corporate federal tax returns, making payments, contributing to an IRA […]
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Businesses: Support Stay at Home but want state help

Business organization agree stopping the spread of COVID-19 is the top priority but says the state needs to do more to save jobs Business organiztions are cautiously supportive of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s new Stay at Home order, but some warned that state government must do more to prevent further closures and layoffs. Source: Pamplin […]
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Coronavirus in Oregon: State delays tax filing deadline until July 15, matching new federal deadline

The delay will short change state coffers of hundreds of millions of dollars in the near term, and exacerbate a cash pinch at the state due to the falloff in economic activities due to the coronavirus and a surge in people needing safety net services. Source: Coronavirus in Oregon: State delays tax filing deadline until […]
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