Category Archives: Bend Bulletin

Bend: 90K people and counting

Census Bureau ranks Bend among nation’s fastest growing cities Bend’s population appears to have reached a new milestone of more than 90,000 people last year, according to an estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau. Census data released Thursday shows Bend ranked sixth among the nation’s fastest-growing cities — with populations of 50,000 or more — […]
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Editorial: Gross receipts tax proposal gets worse

The Oregon Legislature must, by law, come up with a balanced budget by July 10. That’s a problem. The state expects to pay out about $1.4 billion more in the coming two years than it will have in revenues coming in. The solution? If you’re a legislative Democrat, that’s obvious: Raise taxes, but do so […]
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Lower PERS return rates? Board to tackle politically fraught issue

Board members of Oregon’s public pension system will begin a politically fraught discussion Friday about whether to lower the key economic assumption used in valuing the pension system’s liabilities. If they do, it could lead to another jump in the system’s deficit, which currently stands at $22 billion. In turn, that would require a significant, […]
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Editorial: Gross receipts tax proposal gets worse

The Oregon Legislature must, by law, come up with a balanced budget by July 10. That’s a problem. The state expects to pay out about $1.4 billion more in the coming two years than it will have in revenues coming in. The solution? If you’re a legislative Democrat, that’s obvious: Raise taxes, but do so […]
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Audit: Oregon properly screens for Medicaid

Problems with manual input remain An audit by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office released Wednesday found the state accurately determines Medicaid eligibility, enrolls people into the program and makes payments on their behalf. At the same time, the audit came across information that hadn’t been entered into the Oregon Health Authority’s enrollment system correctly […]
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State impeachment plan OK’d

House votes to allow future impeachment of governor The Legislature would be able to impeach the governor under a proposed constitutional amendment approved by the House on Wednesday. The resolution passed the House 51-6 with support from both the Democratic majority and Republican minority. But Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, immediately reiterated her opposition […]
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Editorial: Baby steps on gas self-serve

Baby steps. That’s all Oregon seems able to manage when it comes to letting people pump their own gas. The Legislature approved another itty bitty advance Tuesday when it voted for House Bill 2482, allowing people to pump their own gas 24 hours a day if they are in one of 15 Oregon counties with […]
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Editorial: Transit tax bill has not improved

So much effort has been put into the enormous waste of time that is House Bill 2745. The amended bill is not an improvement. The bill would grant taxing authority to the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council for bus service in Central Oregon. Bus service can be a public good for a lot of reasons. And […]
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Lawmakers ask for review of Hanford cleanup

Members of Congress are asking the federal government to review the progress of years of cleanup work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, in light of the partial collapse of a tunnel containing radioactive wastes earlier this month. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., says lawmakers sent a letter Wednesday to the Government Accountability Office asking for […]
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Self-service gas bill approved

Governor gets bill to end full-service gas in 15 counties   Source: Self-service gas bill approved; Governor gets bill to end full-service gas in 15 counties