PERS http://nwpr.org en Incoming Oregon Lawmaker Will Be First To Be Banned From PERS http://nwpr.org/post/incoming-oregon-lawmaker-will-be-first-be-banned-pers <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/011314CL_pensions_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Last year, Oregon lawmakers approved a bill that will bar their future colleagues from signing up for the state's public pension plan, or PERS.<p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:45:34 +0000 Chris Lehman 39975 at http://nwpr.org Incoming Oregon Lawmaker Will Be First To Be Banned From PERS Kitzhaber Takes Push For Public Pension, Tax Increase Package On The Road http://nwpr.org/post/kitzhaber-takes-push-public-pension-tax-increase-package-road <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is hitting the road with his push for additional legislative action to curb public pension costs. The Democrat visited with local leaders in Hillsboro Friday.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 23:24:49 +0000 Chris Lehman 31612 at http://nwpr.org Kitzhaber Takes Push For Public Pension, Tax Increase Package On The Road Union-Backed Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Pension Cuts http://nwpr.org/post/union-backed-lawsuit-seeks-overturn-pension-cuts <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/070313CL_perslawsuit_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Public employee unions have followed through with their threat to challenge legislatively-approved cuts to public pensions. A union-backed lawsuit, filed this week, seeks to overturn the new law.<p>Unions representing many of Oregon's public employees have said all along that they would challenge the new cost-cutting policy. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 22:57:33 +0000 Chris Lehman 30386 at http://nwpr.org Local Governments Watch Oregon Public Pension Debate http://nwpr.org/post/local-governments-watch-oregon-public-pension-debate <p>Oregon lawmakers are locked in a stalemate over whether to make additional cuts to the state's <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/pers/Pages/index.aspx">pension system for public employees.</a> The debate will affect every unit of government in Oregon. Most of the conversation at the capitol has surrounded the impact to state agencies and schools. But city and county governments are also watching the pension battle closely.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 01:42:19 +0000 Chris Lehman 29590 at http://nwpr.org Local Governments Watch Oregon Public Pension Debate Advocates Push For Deeper Pension Cuts As Talks Stall http://nwpr.org/post/advocates-push-deeper-pension-cuts-talks-stall <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/060613CL_reynolds_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Some education and business groups are pushing Oregon lawmakers for deeper cuts to the state’s public pension system. Talks between Governor John Kitzhaber and four legislative leaders stalled this week without an agreement.<p>Advocates for additional pension cuts made their case at a press conference on the front steps of the state capitol Thursday. Betty Reynolds serves on the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 23:57:08 +0000 Chris Lehman 28877 at http://nwpr.org Kitzhaber Challenges Lawmakers To Pass Additional Pension Cuts, Tax Hikes http://nwpr.org/post/kitzhaber-challenges-lawmakers-pass-additional-pension-cuts-tax-hikes <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051513CL_kitzproposal_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>On the eve of a new state revenue forecast, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is putting pressure on state lawmakers to reach a deal over taxes and public pensions. The Democrat proposed a compromise Wednesday aimed at pleasing Republicans and Democrats in the legislature.<p>Majority Democrats have already approved cuts to public retiree pensions. But Republicans said the cuts weren't deep enough. Wed, 15 May 2013 23:33:14 +0000 Chris Lehman 27610 at http://nwpr.org Kitzhaber Challenges Lawmakers To Pass Additional Pension Cuts, Tax Hikes Oregon Hospital Tax Becomes Political Bargaining Chip http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-hospital-tax-becomes-political-bargaining-chip <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051413CL_hospitaltax_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Oregon House Tuesday approved a measure to renew a tax paid by hospitals and long-term care facilities. The concept isn't controversial since the institutions that pay it are largely reimbursed by federal Medicaid dollars. But the vote became a skirmish in a larger political battle in Salem.<p>That battle is whether to raise revenue or cut public pensions further. Wed, 15 May 2013 00:31:07 +0000 Chris Lehman 27540 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Senate Passes Pension Cutting Plan http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-senate-passes-pension-cutting-plan <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/04/041113CL_persvote.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>SALEM, Ore. – Cost cutting to Oregon’s public sector pension system is on the fast track. The Oregon House could vote as soon as next week on a controversial proposal to cut benefits for retired public employees. The Oregon Senate approved the measure Thursday on a party-line vote.<p>The proposal would limit cost of living increases to retired public employees, including teachers, city and state workers. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:01:56 +0000 Chris Lehman 25757 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Senate Passes Pension Cutting Plan Opponents Pack PERS Hearing In Salem http://nwpr.org/post/opponents-pack-pers-hearing-salem <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/032713CL_jacobsen_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>SALEM, Ore. – Public employees in Oregon are voicing their objections to a measure aimed at cutting the cost of public pensions. They packed a legislative hearing in Salem Wednesday. Legislative budget-writers have floated a proposal that would limit cost of living increases for retired workers.<p>James Jacobsen is an administrative assistant in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He expects to retire in about four years. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:57:54 +0000 Chris Lehman 24973 at http://nwpr.org