Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Editorial: The rise of Oregon’s global warming taxes

Oregon AAA, its subsidiary AAA AutoSource (which sells cars and trucks) and the Oregon Trucking Association are suing the state over a new “privilege tax.” They are asking the state Supreme Court to see a so-called new privilege tax for what it is — a sales tax by another name used to spend money in a way […]
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Editorial: Kitzhaber settlement looks like a whitewash

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Government Ethics Commission settled their differences this week, no doubt to the relief of the former governor. He got off easy, and surely he knows it. Kitzhaber agreed to pay a $1,000 fine, in exchange for having the case dropped. In doing so, he accepts the state’s contention […]
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Credits bring health insurance premiums under $1 for some

Central Oregonians should check eligibility, Bend agents urge. Open enrollment for health insurance is in full swing, and some Bend agents say bumped up tax credits are pushing a few clients’ premiums below $1 per month.“It’s incredible,” Ron Gallinat, an agent who owns Central Oregon Employee Benefits, said of the fact that he’s enrolled people […]
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Many leave emergency room before being seen

More patients are visiting St. Charles Bend’s emergency room. Some of them are leaving before being seen.Who’s not getting care — and why? When patients check into the emergency department but leave without being seen — often after waiting for hours — it leaves open the possibility that serious medical conditions go untreated. It’s a […]
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Editorial: The rise of Oregon’s global warming taxes

Oregon AAA, its subsidiary AAA AutoSource (which sells cars and trucks) and the Oregon Trucking Association are suing the state over a new “privilege tax.” They are asking the state Supreme Court to see a so-called new privilege tax for what it is — a sales tax by another name used to spend money in […]
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Editorial: Kitzhaber settlement looks like a whitewash

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Government Ethics Commission settled their differences this week, no doubt to the relief of the former governor. He got off easy, and surely he knows it. Kitzhaber agreed to pay a $1,000 fine, in exchange for having the case dropped. In doing so, he accepts the state’s contention […]
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Knopp loses leadership bid in state senate

GOP caucus roiled by attempt to oust lawmaker accused of improper touching. Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, was denied the top GOP job in the state Senate on Wednesday when a caucus roiled by sexual harassment allegations against a member deadlocked on choosing a new minority leader. Source: Knopp loses leadership bid in state senate

High court asked to halt car tax

Claims tax on cars for $5.3 billion transportation plan is unconstitutional. A group that includes the AAA Oregon/Idaho and the Oregon Trucking Association is asking the state Supreme Court to block a portion of a pending state law they say improperly imposes what amounts to a sales tax worth up to $60 million on new […]
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Editorial: Salem’s excuse factory aims at OSU-Cascades

Central Oregonians should not forget what the Legislature did this year to deny funding to OSU-Cascades. Especially because the Legislature could be about to do it again. The Legislature gave the campus money to launch a campus to serve the fastest-growing part of the state. But now as demand and the community’s population grow, state […]
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Politics swirl in Salem during Committee Days

Lawmakers jostle over past mistakes, future politics. Health care woes, wildfire policy and a cascade of political comings and goings swirled around the state Capitol on Monday. Legislative leaders heavily frontloaded the “Committee Days” — sometimes beyond the stretching point — Monday and Tuesday with a total of 14 hearings each, while Wednesday has eight […]
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