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Public Safety Measure
6:32 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Lane County Public Safety Measure Passes

The Lane County levy for jail and youth services passed with 56%. KLCC’s Lucy Ohlsen was at the yes-on-213 watch party, where Sheriff Thomas Turner celebrated with supporters.

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Corporate Kicker
4:11 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Increased Corporate Tax Collections Could Trigger Oregon's Kicker Rebate

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 3:22 pm

Better-than-expected tax collections could trigger Oregon's unique kicker law, at least for corporations. The rebate is issued if revenues exceed initial projections by more than two percent. A newly released revenue forecast noted Thursday that business taxes have been robust enough to cross that threshold.

But state economist Mark McMullen says a final tally won't be made until later this year. "We believe that a kicker is better than a 50-50 shot. But not a sure thing. That came with a big surge in corporate taxes at the beginning of the year."

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Revenue Forecast
4:09 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

State Economist: Oregon's Growth Rate Improving

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:31 pm

Oregon's economic outlook is looking brighter. That's according to state economists, who issued their quarterly revenue forecast Thursday. The news comes as lawmakers get ready to put together the state's next two-year spending plan.

The slow and steady improvement is still steady, just not quite as slow. The overall growth rate is still a bit behind past expansions, but state economist Mark McMullen says some of the factors holding back Oregon's economy are looking better, such as jobs and the housing market.

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Oregon Budget
4:33 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kitzhaber Challenges Lawmakers To Pass Additional Pension Cuts, Tax Hikes

Office of the Governor

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 4:20 pm

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.

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Hospital Tax
5:31 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Oregon Hospital Tax Becomes Political Bargaining Chip

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:02 pm

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.

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Special Session
7:24 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Washington Special Session Starts With No Budget Deal

The Washington legislature reconvenes Monday for a 30-day special session. But there’s still no budget deal in sight – despite a two week break to negotiate. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this update from the Capitol.

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Washington Budget
4:09 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Washington Budget Talks Slow, But Governor Sees Progress

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 4:06 pm

Washington’s special session begins next Monday. But at this point it seems unlikely House and Senate budget negotiators will be close to a deal. Governor Jay Inslee said both sides agreed Tuesday on some common assumptions about the next two year budget.

Inslee spoke at the end of a bill signing ceremony. For now he’s measuring progress in these budget negotiations by the week, not the day. A budget is made up of hundreds if not thousands of assumptions about how much something will or won’t cost. How much a cut will or won’t save.

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Budget Debates
7:48 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Social Service Advocates Don't Want To Be Left Behind In Budget Debate

Deborah Favors stands in front of her apartment in Stayton, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman

Oregon lawmakers will find out later this month how much money will be available to spend in the upcoming budget cycle. So right now, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes maneuvering in the budget-writing process. Education, as usual, is in line for the biggest piece of the pie. But human service advocates say after years of budget turmoil, this year could be their chance to restore funding for Oregon’s social safety net. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports:

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Washington Legislative Session
7:59 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Washington Legislature Adjourns, But Not For Long

The Washington Legislature adjourned Sunday night.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The Washington legislature has adjourned after a 105-day session. The final gavels fell just after six o’clock Sunday night.

Owen: “The 2013 regular session of the 63rd legislature is adjourned Sine Die"

But the adjournment won’t last long. Governor Jay Inslee immediately called a special session for two weeks from now because the House and Senate failed to come to agreement on a two-year budget. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Washington Budget
7:35 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Washington Budget Writers ‘Light Years Apart’ As Special Session Looms

Hunter-Hill.jpg: Members of the Washington Senate’s majority coalition huddle during a break in floor action on the final day of the regular session.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will give lawmakers a two week cooling off period before calling them back into special session. That announcement Sunday evening followed the formal adjournment of the regular 105-day session.

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