Tag Archives: State Employees

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

Managing the transportation package will cost $115 million

A bill headed to the House of Representatives would send $115.2 million and create 60 jobs in three state agencies for the transportation package. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Managing the transportation package will cost $115 million

New law will protect corrections officers

The Oregon Legislature has passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Athena) designed to protect prison guards. He said the measure came as the result of constituents who explained the tortuous treatment they face when they come in contact with bodily fluids from inmates. Source: New law will protect corrections officers | My Columbia […]
Read More »

Oregon House takes a holiday; Senate soldiers on as session deadline nears

The Oregon Legislature is flying into the holiday on a single wing. The House of Representatives was running hard Saturday in the final laps of the 2017 session — and getting noticeably tired and cranky — when a bill that included funding for abortion came to the floor. Source: Oregon House takes a holiday; Senate […]
Read More »

Mongols motorcycle club member wins $1,001 in lawsuit against state agency

Justin DeLoretto is both a Mongols motorcycle club member and a recent recipient of a master’s degree in social work from George Fox University in Newberg. And he’s now claiming victory in a lawsuit that he filed in March against the Oregon Youth Authority, the state agency that he says fired him from an unpaid […]
Read More »

Notorious public corruption cases in Oregon and around the United States

Oregon energy tax credit scandal The scandal is the latest in which an Oregon public official took bribes from companies or individuals who stood to benefit from public services. Here are some notable public corruption cases — a list that could easily have been limited to Chicago, New Jersey or Detroit. This list is did not focus on sex scandals. […]
Read More »

How many bribes did state official take? How much $$? 5 facts to know

Joe Colello, a former official with the Oregon Department of Energy, pleaded guilty this week to receiving bribes in connection with the sale of state energy tax credits. Here is what he admitted: Source: How many bribes did state official take? How much $$? 5 facts to know | OregonLive.com

State puts Joe Colello on leave; Gov. Brown asks for review of work

Joe Colello, who admitted to taking nearly $300,000 in bribes during his tenure with the Oregon Department of Energy, was put on administrative leave by his current state employer. Source: State puts Joe Colello on leave; Gov. Brown asks for review of work | OregonLive.com

Former Oregon Department of Energy official Joe Colello pleads guilty to bribe taking

The state Justice Department says a former Oregon Department of Energy official has pleaded guilty to accepting over $291,000 in kickbacks in connection with the sale of state energy tax credits. Source: Former Oregon Department of Energy official Joe Colello pleads guilty to bribe taking