Tag Archives: Revenue

NW Natural says customers face big rate increases under new climate policy

Natural gas utilities and some of their customers are pushing back on the state’s new climate plan, saying the proposed cap and spend bill would lead to immediate and major rate increases, and only get worse as time goes on. Source: NW Natural says customers face big rate increases under new climate policy

National Parks struggle with up to $11 million in revenue loss from shutdown

An internal email sent to National Park Service (NPS) staff reveals for the first time that the parks lost between $10 million and $11 million during the 35-day partial government shutdown, which left a number of popular parks open but furloughed most rangers and staff. Source: National Parks struggle with up to $11 million in […]
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Editorial: Kicker grab must be part of larger plan

While Republicans in the Oregon Legislature may seem to be the only members of that body seriously interested in filling the state’s huge and growing unfunded liability in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System, Democrats have come up with at least one idea. By itself, it’s a doozy. Source: Editorial: Kicker grab must be part […]
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Marijuana revenue tops Pendleton’s ‘sin tax’ allocations

Tax revenue Pendleton received for marijuana in 2018 exceeded what it received for liquor and cigarettes. City Manager Robb Corbett recalled the early estimates leading up to recreational marijuana sales in Pendleton showed the city would make about $25,000. That zoomed to $200,000. Now the city is receiving about $300,000 a year, he said, but […]
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As Big Retailers Seek to Cut Their Tax Bills, Towns Bear the Brunt

With astonishing range and rapidity, big-box retailers and corporate giants are using an aggressive legal tactic to shrink their property tax bills, a strategy that is costing local governments and school districts around the country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Oregon Lottery revenue grows 10 percent, looks to add sports betting

The Oregon Lottery’s revenues continued to soar in 2018, reflecting the state’s investment in video lottery machines and increased interest in playing Mega Millions. The lottery’s growth is such that it’s intertwined itself into Oregon’s budget planning that rises above $1 billion each two-year budget cycle. Source: Oregon Lottery revenue grows 10 percent, looks to add sports […]
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Sports betting will be no home run for state budgets

The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. Just look to the states that capitalized immediately after the […]
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Editorial: 2019 will be the year of new Oregon taxes

I It’s hard not to miss some of the big tax changes in the plans of Oregon legislators for residents and businesses. There are plans for a tax on carbon. There are plans for some sort of a big new tax on business. And there are plans to swipe the kicker tax rebates from Oregonians. […]
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Oregon bike tax falls short in collections

In some respects, Oregon and bicycling go hand in hand, which is why some lawmakers wanted to make sure cyclists pay their fair share of transportation taxes. Since January 2018, the state has been collecting a bike tax of $15 on any new bike over $200. Eva Frazier co-owns Clever Cycles. She says she has […]
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Bike Tax – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon’s unique tax on bicycle sales has not brought in nearly as much revenue as lawmakers expected. Projections show that the $15 flat tax on some new bikes will bring in less than half of the $2.1 million originally projected for this biennium. BikePortland.org editor and publisher Jonathan Maus joins us to talk about the […]
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