Category Archives: Albany Democrat Herald

Editorial: Session today won’t lead to tax reform

Here’s a quick multiple-choice quiz to start the week. Today’s special session of the Oregon Legislature to ponder a tax break to some state businesses will be: A. Quick and efficient, with the Democratic majority falling in line to back Gov. Kate Brown’s proposal, and work wrapped up by the end of the day on […]
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School districts receive seismic funds

Harrisburg and Scio school districts are among districts to receive state seismic retrofit grants to strengthen their buildings in case of an earthquake. Scio received approximately $2.5 million, which is earmarked for the Scio High School gym, and Harrisburg received about the same amount, for its high school gym and multipurpose room. The Seismic Rehabilitation […]
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Venture catalyst to aid Benton, Linn county towns

With a population of 636, the community of Monroe doesn’t have the resources to hire a full-time economic development director. But thanks to a coalition of eight small communities in Benton and Linn counties — united by the Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network — a new full-time venture catalyst will soon be hired to identify […]
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Committee approves LBCC budget

The budget committee for Linn-Benton Community College last week approved the budget for the 2019-21 biennium and is sending it to the Board of Education for adoption in June. The budget is slightly larger than that for the current biennium and includes a 4.5 percent tuition hike for this fall. Source: Committee approves LBCC budget […]
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Editorial: State voters mostly pass on primary

Mid-valley voters generally were more likely than their counterparts throughout the state to vote in Tuesday’s primary election, but the results here still weren’t anything you’d want to write home about. Linn County and Benton County were both among the 17 Oregon counties that notched increases in both voter turnout and the number of ballots […]
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United Way report shows nearly half of mid-valley residents in poverty, working poor

Despite positive economic signs in the area, nearly half of the mid-Willamette Valley’s residents are living in poverty or are among the ranks of the working poor, according to a report from the United Way. Those residents may be unable to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, a cellphone, health care […]
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Editorial: Spring brings an uptick of hazards

As we head into what forecasters believe will be a sunny weekend throughout the mid-valley, this seems like a good time to remind you of some of the horrible things that can happen when the weather turns warmer. On the top of the list is a new warning from our friends at the federal Centers […]
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Millersburg official violated conflict of interest procedures

A state board on Friday made three preliminary findings that former Millersburg city administrator and recorder Barbara Castillo violated Oregon ethics laws regarding conflicts of interest. The Oregon Government Ethics Commission did not, however, find that Castillo used her position as a public official for her own financial gain. Source: Millersburg official violated conflict of […]
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Editorial: SNAP reform could hammer rural areas

The 2018 Farm Bill is working its way through Congress, and that’s never a smooth process in the best of years. This year’s Farm Bill may prove to be particularly contentious, as Republicans push for new work requirements in the food-stamp program, which is used by 42 million Americans. In Oregon, estimates are the program […]
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Editorial: Tax plan could lead to mischief

We’re just a couple of weeks away from May 21, the date when Gov. Kate Brown has summoned legislators for a one-day special session to consider her proposal for lower tax rates for some small businesses. For fans of political posturing, this special session could well shape up as truly a special occasion, as legislators […]
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