Bill to Help Fund Jackson County Court

SALEM, Ore. — A bill to keep the Jackson County Justice Court open is headed to the governor’s desk. The Oregon Legislature recently approved the house bill that will help all courts statewide. The Jackson County Court was facing closure after the state eliminated the 45-dollar surcharge for traffic citations. The state also increased the … Continue reading »

Pension-Cutting Bill Discussed

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s budget committee is expected to vote on the pension-cutting bill soon. The bill will curb retirement benefits for government workers. Governor Kitzhaber says he will also sign the bill. Republicans are now opposing the measure, saying it does not not deal with rising pension costs. The funds are expected to boost … Continue reading »

Oregon Lawmakers Discuss Budget, Safety

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon legislators could unveil a new budget plan as early as Monday, which could give a big boost to schools. Budget writers are working on a two-year spending plan and say this plan will include at least an additional billion dollars for schools in the state. Some say it could be enough … Continue reading »

Kitzhaber Discusses Medicaid Policy

SALEM, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber will pitch his ideas for Medicaid overhaul to other governors this weekend. Kitzhaber says he wants to make a push to change the way doctors are paid and patients are treated. The president highlighted the concept during his State of the Union Address as a potential option to reduce … Continue reading »

Governor Acknowledges “Awkward” Session

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is calling Friday’s special legislature session to approve a tax incentive for Nike “extraordinarily awkward,” but says the potential economic benefits are worth it. The Governor called the session earlier this week to announce that Nike plans to expand its business in Oregon and hire at least 500 people, if … Continue reading »

Oregon Sales Tax Considered

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon residents may soon see a sales tax stamped on their purchases without ever voting on the issue. Three Oregon senators have proposed a 5% sales tax, on items like cars, toys and clothing. They believe that Oregon’s budget is too inconsistent, because it relies heavily on income tax, which puts school … Continue reading »

Governor Rolls Out Budget Proposition

SALEM, Ore. – Oregonians now have an idea on how money might be spent in Oregon in the next couple years. Governor John Kitzhaber rolled out his budget during a press conference in Salem last week. The new budget proposes $8 billion for education in the 2013 to 2015 budget biennium. This includes reinvestment in … Continue reading »

$80 Million Extra For Oregon Budget

SALEM, Ore. — The State of Oregon found an extra $80 million in their budget. The state economists said they underestimated how much money would come in from taxes. The money, which will be filtered into the general fund and lottery will likely mean there are no immediate budget cuts. Economists also pointed out that … Continue reading »