Category Archives: Portland Business Journal

Amid China ban turmoil, Oregonians told to keep recycling paper and plastics — carefully

State and local officials are advising Oregonians to continue to recycle — but do it more carefully than ever — amid fears that some materials collected might have to be sent to landfills. Recycling in Oregon has been thrown into turmoil after China, the destination for most of the mixed paper and post-consumer plastics collected […]
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Oregon carbon-limiting proposal would just need majorities to pass, legislative counsel says

Republicans have taken to referring to it as a tax, but a proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon could pass the Legislature with simple majorities — not three-fifths supermajorities — in the opinion of the state’s legislative counsel. Source: Oregon carbon-limiting proposal would just need majorities to pass, legislative counsel says – Portland […]
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OHA taps well-known Portland law firm to defend against FamilyCare

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Portland Business Journal. library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 The move comes as the two sides battle over disclosure of data on all the coordinated care organizations’ rates. Source: OHA taps well-known Portland law firm to defend against FamilyCare – Portland Business Journal

When will Oregon’s electric-car rebates kick in? Good question.

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Portland Business Journal. library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 It could be soon, it could be several months — it could even be never. Source: When will Oregon’s electric-car rebates kick in? Good question. – Portland Business Journal

Health care advocates urge approval of tax referendum

Just a few hours before the deadline to turn in signatures to place a tax referendum on the ballot, health care advocates held a press conference to sound alarms about the consequences if it doesn’t pass. “We want to make sure no matter who you are or where you live, you have access to health care,” said Meg […]
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Exclusive: Oregon vineyards labor to keep workers in the field 

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Portland Business Journal. library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 Vineyard acres planted in Oregon are expanding rapidly, but a persistent labor shortage threatens the industry’s future. Early this year, Joth Ricci left Stumptown Coffee, where he’d served as president for more than three years, to take the […]
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Carbon debate begins with a label fight

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Portland Business Journal. library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 Jobs bill or sales tax? Opponents, proponents angle for a semantic edge. Is it an “energy sales tax” or a “clean energy jobs bill”? Actually, the climate bill that state Democratic leaders are hoping to pass […]
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Oregon Health Authority gets a new, but familiar, director

Gov. Kate Brown announced that Patrick Allen, whom she appointed as acting director of the Oregon Health Authority about four weeks ago, will remain on the job on a permanent basis. “Each Oregonian has a right to a healthy, independent life that allows them to succeed,” Brown said in a statement. Source: Oregon Health Authority gets a new, but familiar, […]
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Oregon marijuana regulators announce moves against illegal grows

Stepped up enforcement and a policy tweak come after complaints from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Source: Oregon marijuana regulators announce moves against illegal grows – Portland Business Journal

OHA finds 23K no longer qualified for Medicaid as it works through backlog

The agency fell behind due to the Cover Oregon debacle. The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday finished wading through its backlog of Medicaid eligibility checks, as requested by Gov. Kate Brown. Brown had set an Aug. 31 deadline to complete the remaining 115,233 checks after the agency fell behind due to technical issues. The remaining 22,937 […]
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