Tag Archives: State Employees

DUI charge dropped against Oregon’s top prison doc

Attorney: DiGiulio feels ‘vindicated’. The top doctor for the Oregon Department of Corrections will not be charged with a crime following an arrest late last year for alleged driving under the influence of intoxicants. Source: DUI charge dropped against Oregon’s top prison doc; Attorney: DiGiulio feels ‘vindicated’

Former energy tax credit employee sentenced

Joseph J. Colello, 57, of Salem accepted $300,000 in bribes to participate in a money laundering scheme and defrauded the IRS. A former administrator for the Oregon Department of Energy’s troubled Business Energy Tax Credit program has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for accepting $300,000 in bribes to participate in a money […]
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Why Are States So Strapped for Cash? There Are Two Big Reasons

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Wall Street Journal. library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. If you are a registered State library patron, you can also retrieve the story for yourself by logging into our trial access to the US Newsstream database at: http://libguides.osl.state.or.us/usnewsstream As state and local officials prepare their […]
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State must ensure workers are equipped for the future

During my first year as a state legislator — and during my campaign the previous year — it won’t surprise anyone that two of the issues I heard most about from my constituents are education and jobs. These issues are clearly interconnected. High-quality education and skills training are fundamental to ensuring that workers can provide […]
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Turner awards state employee for floodplain efforts

David Lentzner, a risk map coordinator for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, has earned Turner’s 2017 Customer Service Award. Turner has presented the annual award for five years, intended to both honor and highlight a government worker who exemplifies a customer service ethic. Source: Turner awards state employee for floodplain efforts

Oregon Legislature scales back whistleblower protection bill

A proposal to allow Oregon state employees to report whistleblower concerns anonymously has been scaled back. Senate Republican Leader Jackie Winters of Salem introduced Senate Bill 1559 in response to a November story in the Statesman Journal about former Oregon Department of Transportation employee Gerritt Law and several other whistleblowers. Source: Oregon Legislature scales back […]
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Kaiser Faces Pressure from State after Public Employee Health Plan Deemed Inefficient

Kaiser Permanente should be prepared for increased scrutiny of its premiums and health spending priorities for public employees after a report Tuesday that showed it was easily the least efficient of the health insurers that contract with the Public Employees Benefit Board. Source: Kaiser Faces Pressure from State after Public Employee Health Plan Deemed Inefficient […]
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State, union agree to pay raises for most government workers

Oregon’s largest public employee union is close to signing a deal with the state for millions of dollars in pay raises for its members. The Service Employees International Union Local 503’s contract with the state runs through 2019 but did not include cost-of-living raises after January 2017. The union, which represents tens of thousands of […]
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Brad Avakian, Oregon labor bureau chief, will not seek re-election

Brad Avakian, Oregon’s labor commissioner and a regular in state politics for two decades, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election and will step down when his term ends in January 2019. Source: Brad Avakian, Oregon labor bureau chief, will not seek re-election | OregonLive.com

Lawmakers eye cutting ‘double’ health coverage for teachers, state workers

Oregon lawmakers have found an additional way to trim government costs: eliminate double health plan coverage for public school workers and state employees. Source: Lawmakers eye cutting ‘double’ health coverage for teachers, state workers | OregonLive.com