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Trump Administration Wants To Cut Funding For Public Housing Repairs

Public housing officials estimate that it would cost $50 billion to fix up buildings that have fallen into disrepair nationwide. The Trump administration is calling for more private investment. Mold. Leaks. Rodents. Crime. These are just some of the things the nation’s 2 million public housing residents have to worry about. Many of the buildings […]
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Oregon Environmental Protection Act Goes To Governor

President Trump has reduced environmental regulations since taking office in January 2017, but several Oregon lawmakers are trying to reverse it. Instead, they passed legislation known as the Oregon Environmental Protection Act that directs state environmental agencies to review federal laws—the Clean Air Act, Water Pollution Control Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. Source: Natural […]
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States aren’t waiting for the Trump administration on environmental protections

A patchwork of policies on water pollution, pesticides and oil and gas drilling have emerged across the United States. More than a dozen states are moving to strengthen environmental protections to combat a range of issues from climate change to water pollution, opening a widening rift between stringent state policies and the Trump administration’s deregulatory […]
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Legislature approves environmental ‘rollback’ bill

A message to Trump. Critics and proponents agree that recently passed legislation intended to shield Oregon from federal “rollbacks” of environmental regulations is meant to send a message. While supporters claim House Bill 2250 signifies the state government’s stand against weakening protections for air, soil and water at the federal level, opponents argue it amounts […]
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Oregon expands federal free lunch program

A proposal in the Oregon Legislature could affect what the state’s neighborhoods look like for decades to come. House Bill 2001 would increase density in single-family neighborhoods in the Portland metro area and every other city in the state with a population above 25,000. If passed, the bill would allow developers to build up to four […]
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Oregon Pushes Back On Trump Environmental Policy In Bill Headed To Governor

House Bill 2250 directs state agencies to assess changes to federal environmental rules under President Donald Trump. If they’re less protective, Oregon would write its own. A bill directing Oregon agencies to sidestep federal environmental rollbacks has cleared the Legislature, and is headed to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown. House Bill 2250, known as the […]
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Don’t import prescription drugs

Importation programs are neither safe nor effective ways to lower the price of medications. Prescription drug pricing has been the subject of much debate over the last year. Pharmaceutical manufacturers have taken most of the blame and were recently called before Congress to answer for their actions. Several states are looking at importing drugs from […]
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Washington, Federal Officials Sign Agreement To Protect Forests

State and federal officials signed an agreement Wednesday to protect Washington’s forests and wildlife. The plan would combine resources to fight destructive wildfires, threats to forest health and challenges faced by salmon and orcas. “If we’re going to prevent the Evergreen State from turning brown, we must begin to coordinate, collaborate and work tirelessly to change […]
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Trump Administration Moves To Roll Back Offshore Drilling Safety Regulations

The Interior secretary touted the revised rules as eliminating “unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining safety.” But environmental groups said the move demonstrates oil industry influence. The Trump Administration is rolling back some of the Obama-era safety regulations for offshore drilling that were meant to prevent a repeat of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the worst […]
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Gov. Kate Brown Refuses To Comply With President Trump’s Transgender Military Policy

Gov. Kate Brown said she will stand by Oregon law, which bars employers from refusing to hire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. President Trump’s policy excluding transgender people from the military officially went into effect earlier this month, though Gov. Kate Brown says the Oregon National Guard does not plan on participating. The Trump […]
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