Category Archives: Portland Tribune

Business coalition forms to push for carbon pricing in Oregon

Two days after Exxon Mobil and three other oil giants publicly backed a carbon tax to fight global warming, a group of 27 mostly local companies unveiled a new business group to pursue carbon pricing in Oregon. “We are a single-focus business organization that is tasked with helping our legislature pass carbon pricing,” said Tom […]
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Oregon wineries, food processors oppose proposed work week limit

Oregon’s food processors and wineries are alarmed by a bill to reduce the maximum number of hours that manufacturing employees can work per week. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon wineries, food processors oppose proposed work week limit

Court gives Eastmoreland historic district opponents two weeks to make their case

Oregon’s Court of Appeals has granted Eastmoreland’s Tom Brown a two-week stay in his legal fight against a proposed national historic district. In an order announced Wednesday, June 21, the court agreed to hold up any decision on merits of the historic district until a judge can review Brown’s case. The court gave Brown and […]
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Oregon Senate passes health care provider tax

The Oregon Senate Wednesday passed an assessment on health care providers and insurers that is expected to cover a chunk of the state’s expected $1.4 billion budget gap. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon Senate passes health care provider tax

Tenant protections holdout offers changes he could accept

Sen. Rod Monroe, D-Portland, has so far opposed a bill to outlaw no-cause evictions but has proposed changes he can accept. A stalemate in the Oregon Senate over a tenant protections bill could end with changes proposed by a Democratic senator who has so far opposed the legislation. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Tenant protections […]
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City says jump in the Willamette, the water’s safe

Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services tests water each week in five locations to assure river is safe. Every Wednesday morning from mid-May through September, Katie Bohren makes her way from the Bureau of Environmental Services office in St. John’s to Sellwood, and then back up north, stopping at five popular recreation spots along the Willamette […]
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Fund to aid commercial gillnetters never tapped

The Columbia River Fisheries Transition Fund was supposed to set aside $500,000 every two years to provide financial assistance to commercial gillnetters through 2019. A fund that was supposed to provide commercial fishermen $1.5 million to adjust to new regulations curtailing gillnetting in the Columbia River has never been tapped. Source: Pamplin Media Group – […]
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Oregon Ethics Commission will resume review of Kitzhaber, Hayes

State watchdog had put case on hold, but will take up again in wake of criminal probe’s recent closure While the criminal probe of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his First lady, Cylvia Hayes, has ended, they now will undergo scrutiny from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon Ethics Commission […]
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Burning trash for electricity? No problem, report says

Draft Health Impact Assessment commissioned by Metro finds little cause for worry in proposal to incinerate Portland-area garbage in Brooks. The idea of burning Portland’s garbage to produce electricity got what amounts to a clean bill of health in a recent draft Health Impact Assessment commissioned by Metro. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Burning trash […]
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Oppose misguided housing bill — Guest Opinion

Initially, HB 2007 pretended to be about ‘affordable housing,’ but recent comments by the sponsors reveal its ‘build-baby-build’ intent. The city of Portland has declared a “housing emergency” as housing costs have soared beyond the reach of many Portland residents. In response, two Portland legislators, House Speaker Tina Kotek and Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, chairwoman of […]
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