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State health care ballot measure to get new title after court ruling

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled last week that the ballot title on a referendum on the state’s health care funding scheme must be clearer. Three Republican lawmakers — state Reps. Julie Parrish of Tualatin/West Linn; Cedric Haydeof Roseburg; and...

 

PERS board move could up pressure on schools

EO Capital Bureau The governing board of the state's public pension system Friday lowered the rate of assumed earnings on the state's pension fund. The board adopted to assume a 7.2 percent rate of return on the state's investments of the Public...

 

‘Other’ voters’ designations range from whimsical to weird

EO MediaCapital Bureau It takes all kinds: Democrat, Republican, Frisbiterian. About 18,000 of the approximately 2.55 million registered voters in Oregon choose “other” as their party affiliation when they register to vote. Most — about...

 

Legislative leaders, governor lay out session priorities in Salem

and Paris Achen EO Media Capital Bureau Oregon’s legislative leaders say they have a difficult session ahead of them. With the games due to begin Feb. 1, balancing the state’s budget is top of mind. Health care costs, education programs and...

 

Lawmakers’ spending framework includes cuts, no new taxes

EO Media Capital Bureau The co-chairs of the Oregon Legislature’s joint budget-writing committee last week presented a spending plan that included cuts in services to reflect the state’s expected $1.8 billion shortfall for the next two-year budge...

 

Oregon House convenes; squabbles over committee appointments

EO Media Capital Bureau In the year’s first meeting of the Oregon House of Representatives in Salem Monday, Jan. 9, members of both parties acknowledged the legislative session’s imminent hurdles and called for communication across party lines, d...