Tag Archives: Budget Deficit

Starting the serious work to turn Oregon around: Guest opinion

By most measures, Oregon’s economy is on fire. Our job growth rate is one of the best in the nation, household incomes are up, unemployment is at record lows and tax revenues to fund public services — driven largely by the positive job and income picture — are the highest ever. Source: Starting the serious […]
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MY VOICE: No true desire to slay the beast

I cannot resist the fodder in the Sept. 29 Observer: “Deficit climbs to $25.3B” by Ted Sickinger of The Oregonian. When politicians put a “B” for billions and a “T” for trillions behind dollar amounts, it dilutes the subject. In this case, folks, we are taking billions. Here in Oregon. Source: MY VOICE: No true […]
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Bentz: Form a committee to address major state reforms

Representative presses for spending, revenue and public retirement reforms. Tackling spending, revenue and public retirement reform at the state level will be difficult, but Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, believes it can be done. After a bipartisan committee ushered in a state transportation package this year, Bentz said a similar committee should be established and tasked […]
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Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficit Skyward 

Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade if President Trump carries out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies for the benefit of low-income people, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

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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