Ashland Divestment
7:31 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Ashland City Council Passes Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution

File photo of a truck at a Wyoming coal mine. Ashland has become the second Oregon city to formally come out against the investment of its dollars in coal and other fossil fuel industries.
Credit Katie Campbell

The city of Ashland passed a resolution Tuesday night supporting divestment from the fossil fuel industry. It joins Eugene as the only other Northwest city to take this kind of action to fight climate change.

The scope of the resolution is limited.

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Oregon Public Pension Plan
4:45 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Incoming Oregon Lawmaker Will Be First To Be Banned From PERS

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Matt Howry Flickr

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:38 pm

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.

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Oregon Public Pensions
4:24 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Kitzhaber Takes Push For Public Pension, Tax Increase Package On The Road

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber meets with education and business leaders in Hillsboro.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

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.

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Pension Cuts
3:57 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Union-Backed Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Pension Cuts

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 2:27 pm

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.

Unions representing many of Oregon's public employees have said all along that they would challenge the new cost-cutting policy. With that in mind, lawmakers have already fast-tracked any legal challenges directly to the Oregon Supreme Court.

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Public Pensions
6:42 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Local Governments Watch Oregon Public Pension Debate

The City of Salem shows off its public works equipment each June.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon lawmakers are locked in a stalemate over whether to make additional cuts to the state's pension system for public employees. 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.

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Public Pensions
4:57 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Advocates Push For Deeper Pension Cuts As Talks Stall

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 4:37 pm

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.

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. She says the current system is too costly.

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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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Public Pension Cuts
5:01 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Oregon Senate Passes Pension Cutting Plan

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 4:00 pm

  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.

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Public Pensions
4:57 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Opponents Pack PERS Hearing In Salem

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:41 pm

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.

James Jacobsen is an administrative assistant in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He expects to retire in about four years. And he says lawmakers are looking for cash in the wrong place.

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