Tag Archives: State Employees

State actions are overdue | Opinion |

Two things happened in Salem last week that indicated state officials may be — belatedly — waking up and smelling the coffee. First, a small, bipartisan group of state legislators put together a package of ideas to reduce the cost of state government, including putting the brakes on rising salary and benefit costs for state […]
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Pew Charitable Trusts reports state pension funds, including Oregon’s PERS, are making riskier investments

Going hog wild into exotic investments such as hedge funds, private equity and real estate might not be the best idea for state pension plans, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report released Wednesday. Source: Pew Charitable Trusts reports state pension funds, including Oregon’s PERS, are making riskier investments

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown calls for reforms to ‘under-resourced’ child welfare system

Gov. Kate Brown pulled together key players on the frontlines of child welfare services reform this week in a closed-door meeting at her Salem residence. Source: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown calls for reforms to ‘under-resourced’ child welfare system

State to pay $1.3 million to official ousted after Cover Oregon fiasco

The state has agreed to pay $1.3 million to one of the architects of the Cover Oregon website disaster to head off a threatened wrongful termination lawsuit. Source: State to pay $1.3 million to official ousted after Cover Oregon fiasco | OregonLive.com

Ping pong, exercise room provide fun at lottery HQ

Various donated amenities provide Oregon Lottery headquarter employees workplace diversions. The proof is in the ping pong: It really is fun and games at the Oregon Lottery. Source: Oregon Local News – Ping pong, exercise room provide fun at lottery HQ

State Employee Healthcare Costs – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Saul Hubbard, legislative reporter for the Register-Guard newspaper, joins us to talk about a new frontier for lawmakers looking into cutting the government spending: the cost of government employee health care. Source: News Roundtable | State Employee Healthcare Costs | Eric Cain . Radio | OPB

Cutting state employee benefits robs workers of security | Opinion |

In two April 2 articles, The Register-Guard’s Saul Hubbard makes the mistake of looking at public employee health care plans completely out of context. What’s worse, the articles seem to make the case for balancing the state budget by cutting the health care plans of working families while Oregon has the lowest corporate taxes in […]
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Governor dismissess majority of DEQ Commission

Gov. Brown offered only a vague explanation for her sudden decision Wednesday. Gov. Kate Brown has offered only a vague explanation for the dismissal of three of the five-member Environmental Quality Commission Wednesday, March 29. Source: Oregon Local News – Governor dismissess majority of DEQ Commission

Gov. Brown appoints 2nd deputy chief of staff

Gov. Kate Brown has added a second deputy chief of staff to her office. That hire, Berri Leslie, will join Gina Zejdlik, who was appointed deputy chief of earlier this month. Source: Gov. Brown appoints 2nd deputy chief of staff | OregonLive.com

Gov. Kate Brown fires majority of state environmental commissioners

Gov. Kate Brown fired a majority of the commission overseeing the state Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday, just more than a month after it hired her former advisor to be the department’s leader. Source: Gov. Kate Brown fires majority of state environmental commissioners | OregonLive.com