Tag Archives: Budget Deficit

Gov. Brown after contentious session: ‘We must tackle the long-term structural deficit’ 

The Oregon Legislature has adjourned the 2017 session that saw the passage of record-funding for schools, a long-term transportation package, gun restrictions, cost-free abortions and health care funding for Medicaid and undocumented immigrants. Source: Gov. Brown after contentious session: ‘We must tackle the long-term structural deficit’ | KATU

Editorial: Oregon must be careful about adding health care entitlements

As Oregon lawmakers rush to finish business so they can go home, they’re being peppered with bills that, although they got brief attention at the beginning of this legislative session, have been on the back burner for months. One of those is Senate Bill 558, which would extend Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) coverage to children […]
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Oregon Legislature Enters Final Two-Week Stretch

Oregon lawmakers have two weeks left to finish work in this year’s legislative session. Major issues still remain on their agenda. On Tuesday, the House takes a key vote on a funding plan for kindergarten through grade-12 schools. Democrats delayed that vote for a week to allow more time to come up with a compromise […]
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Committee considers dumping new tax in favor of raising existing rates

It may be easier for Democrats to get the votes to increase current rates instead of passing a new tax plan. A proposal to fundamentally change the state’s business tax system appeared to take a detour Monday. Lawmakers have been vetting a Democratic proposal for a new state corporate activities tax based on sales, but […]
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Editorial: Governor gambles on a different pitch

A week or so ago, we noted in an editorial that Gov. Kate Brown had narrowed down her list of “must-do” items for the Legislature — and that a big transportation bill was on the short list. Tax reform? Not so much, at the time. Brown in the past has argued that the Legislature should patch […]
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Legislative Update | Sage Grouse Agreement – OPB’s Think Out Loud

OPB’s Jeff Mapes discusses the many layers complicating the renewed fight over the proposal to change how corporations in Oregon are taxed. Lawmakers are trying to fill a $1.4 billion budget shortfall. Last week, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that his department would re-evaluate the Obama administration’s comprehensive plan to protect the greater sage […]
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Mr. Conflict-of-Interest, Oregon Senator Mark Hass, Spearheads $1.6 Billion ‘Business Tax’

Mr. Conflict-of-Interest, Oregon Senator Mark Hass, Spearheads $1.6 Billion ‘Business Tax’. Oregon State Senator Mark Hass wants to tax the small businesses and entrepreneurs of Oregon – even if these businesses lose money and earn no profits. A $1.6 billion gross receipts tax would be the largest tax hike in state history. It’s bad policy, […]
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Beaverton Democrat, Speaker of House propose ‘breakthrough’ plan for revenue reform

Sen. Mark Hass: ‘Two-step dance’ of tax reform, plus cost containment and a reduction in PERS benefits. In the waning weeks of the legislative session, two leading Democrats have come up with a tax reform plan to address the state’s $1.4 billion revenue shortfall. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Beaverton Democrat, Speaker of House propose […]
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Editorial: PERS reform suggestion falls short

One thing that can get lost in all the discussion about Oregon’s $22 billion state retirement system shortfall is the local impact. Consider how that mind-boggling, multibillion-dollar Public Employees Retirement System shortfall hits the Bend-La Pine Schools. The Bend-La Pine Schools expects its share of the costs of the state retirement system will go up […]
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Murmurs: What Do All Seven Members of Gov. Kate Brown’s Asset-Sale Panel Have in Common?

In other news: You won’t get a vote on the national popular vote. Gov. Kate Brown last week named the seven-member panel that will consider selling a variety of public assets—including several state agencies—to raise up to $5 billion to reduce the state pension deficit. Source: Murmurs: What Do All Seven Members of Gov. Kate […]
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