Category Archives: The Oregonian

The 20 poorest ZIP codes in Oregon, according to IRS data

Awhile back, we tracked down the¬†wealthiest place in each of Oregon’s 36 counties. As we started to compile a list of the opposite, we¬†discovered we can sift through IRS data by ZIP code. Instead of merely tracking the information down by city, we could now go down to the neighborhood in cities with more than […]
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Citing health risks, Senate approves raising Oregon tobacco age to 21

Lawmakers in the state Senate on Thursday approved a bill raising Oregon’s legal tobacco age to 21, inching the state closer to becoming the third to do so along with California and Hawaii. Source: Citing health risks, Senate approves raising Oregon tobacco age to 21 | OregonLive.com

UO steps up request for $100 million in state bonds for Knight science campus

The University of Oregon is stepping up the pressure on lawmakers to kick in $100 million in state bonds to help pay for two new science buildings in Eugene. Source: UO steps up request for $100 million in state bonds for Knight science campus | OregonLive.com

Ditching educational goals would be a step back for state, students: Editorial Agenda 2017

Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth, and the Oregon Education Association have a curious solution for the state’s likely failure to meet the high-minded graduation goals it set six years ago: Get rid of the goals all together. Source: Ditching educational goals would be a step back for state, students: Editorial Agenda 2017 | OregonLive.com

Lawmakers consider bills to protect juveniles questioned by police

Advocates, including criminal defense lawyers, say the restrictions mirror best practices and help guard against false confessions. Police and prosecutors in Oregon remain largely opposed. Source: Lawmakers consider bills to protect juveniles questioned by police | OregonLive.com

Bill would create tax-advantaged savings accounts for would-be homeowners

Oregon legislators are considering a program to help would-be homeowners save for a down payment through a tax-advantaged savings account. Source: Bill would create tax-advantaged savings accounts for would-be homeowners | OregonLive.com

Oregon lawmakers, sensing ambitious education goals out of reach, prepare to drop them

In 2011, Oregon lawmakers agreed on an ambitious goal: By 2025, the state should get all its young people to graduate from high school and 80 percent to earn a two- or four-year college degree. Source: Oregon lawmakers, sensing ambitious education goals out of reach, prepare to drop them | OregonLive.com

Portland falls to 25th largest metro area despite growth

San Antonio and Orlando, Florida, have leapfrogged the Portland area in population, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, leaving the Rose City and its environs as the nation’s 25th largest metro area. Source: Portland falls to 25th largest metro area despite growth | OregonLive.com

Oregon unemployment rate drops to 4 percent, a record low

The national economy remains strong, too, but Oregon’s employment picture is even better. Oregon’s robust job market hit a historic milestone in February with the jobless rate sliding to 4 percent – the lowest point on record. The state added 39,900 jobs in the prior 12 months, according to data out Tuesday from the Oregon […]
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Bills aim to tackle costly mandatory overtime problem for Oregon prison guards

Oregon’s state prisons operate round-the-clock with too few guards, forcing prison employees to work extra hours. Source: Bills aim to tackle costly mandatory overtime problem for Oregon prison guards | OregonLive.com