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Democratic Representative Tobias Read introduced a bill Thursday that would divert a potential kicker tax rebate.

Oregon economists told lawmakers Thursday that a robust economy means they'll have more money to spend on schools, human services and public safety.

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Oregon's unemployment rate has fallen below the national average and it's the first time that's happened in 19 years.

The last year has been good to Oregon's economy.

The unemployment rate has plummeted from more than 7 percent to 5.4 percent. That's one-tenth of a percentage point below the national average.

State economist David Cooke said the last time Oregon had a lower unemployment rate than the nation, was in 1996, the height of the dot-com boom.

Oregon taxpayers could receive an unexpected windfall next year.

Washington and Oregon's latest unemployment numbers offer a paradox.