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Merkley Sticks His Neck Out Against Pipeline, For Clean Energy Jobs

By Eric Hansen of Ashland, Oregon. Eric Hansen is a co-founder of True South Solar, employing 20 people in southern Oregon in the growing solar industry. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley stuck his neck out this month by opposing the Jordan Cove...Show More Summary

The Major Fluoride Risk Study You Never Heard Of

A few weeks ago, Willamette Week’s lead story, “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You,” featured Project Censored, highlighting important stories the media didn’t cover. The headline lends itself perfectly to another story ignored by U.S....Show More Summary

$6,000 Oregon Tax Credit for installing solar is ending at the end of 2017

I recently learned that the $6,000 Oregon Tax Credit for installing solar is ending at the end of 2017. Because switching from fossil fuels to solar energy will help slow climate change + knowing this information will save people money...Show More Summary

Climate Champions Don't Permit Dirty Fracked Gas Terminals

Submitted by Sarah Westover, a Jackson County resident and No LNG Campaign Organizer at Rogue Climate, and Nicholas Caleb, born and raised in Klamath Falls and the staff attorney at the Center for Sustainable Economy. The climate movement in Oregon has achieved incredible things in recent years. Show More Summary

Ethanol ain't all it's cracked up to be!

By Bob Rees of Milwaukie, OR. Bob is the Executive Director of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, 6th generation Oregonian, and a 26 year professional fishing guide. Across the country, fishing may be seen as a relaxing hobby. Show More Summary

A tax credit for BS and six other Oregon tax policy changes you may have missed

Tax policy took center stage in the 2017 legislative session. From a corporate tax reform proposal that fizzled, to a successful effort to protect health care coverage with health provider taxes, to a far-reaching transportation package mainly paid for by an increase in the gas tax. Show More Summary

Get on with it, Oregon Senate majority: end the “suits and scrubs” giveaway

As the legislative session winds down, the Oregon Senate has an opportunity to correct a serious tax injustice from a few years back, while also helping preserve services that protect the most vulnerable Oregonians. With a simple majority...Show More Summary

Reason to hope for a commercial activities tax (CAT) accompanied by a CAT Fairness Credit

It’s never too late to hope that lawmakers do the right thing. Here at the Oregon Center for Public Policy, we hope lawmakers enact a commercial activities tax that raises game-changing revenue, so Oregon can finally upgrade our schools and essential services. Show More Summary

Republican health care plan is a disaster for Oregon’s Economy

By Kelsey Denogean of Portland, Oregon. Kelsey is the owner of Pieper Cafe and a Main Street Alliance of Oregon Member. I love owning a small business but the potential changes in health care legislation has me worried about my business’ future prosperity. As the owner of Pieper Cafe in Portland, I am proud to contribute to Oregon’s economy. Show More Summary

The average Oregonian might rightly ask, “The CAT? Why all the fuss?”

Twenty-five cents for every $100 in sales. That is how much a company in the construction industry with $100 million in Oregon sales would pay under the commercial activities tax (CAT) being discussed in the legislature. Those 25 cents...Show More Summary

People pay taxes on gross receipts, so why not businesses?

I’ve heard some folks opposed to enacting a Commercial Activities Tax (CAT) complain that taxing gross receipts, rather than profits, is unfair. And yet the personal income tax Oregonians pay functions, in large part, like a gross receipts...Show More Summary

PRIDE-ish

In an 11th hour controversy, NW Pride Director Debra Porta asked Portland Police and Sheriff Deputies planning to march in this weekend's Pride parade to do so not wearing the uniform. Porta reported that the Northwest Pride Board was...Show More Summary

Public structures and quality of life matter, not state rankings

Click image to enlarge. With lawmakers considering an overhaul of how Oregon taxes businesses, it’s a good time to reiterate a point we’ve made many times: When it comes to business climate and Oregon’s economy, the quality of public...Show More Summary

This time, what’s good for Kansas is good for Oregon

This week, the Kansas legislature finally had enough. On a bipartisan vote, it pulled the plug on massive tax cut experiment that wreaked havoc on the state’s schools, essential services, and finances. Oregon lawmakers should take note. Show More Summary

How to push back against misleading claims about state spending that seek to derail a revenue-raising package

You don’t need to look far to see that Oregon is not investing enough to meet the needs and aspirations of Oregonians. For example, to reach its K-12 education goals, Oregon’s experts on quality education say Oregon would need to increase school funding by about $2 billion in the upcoming budget period. Show More Summary

Lights out at a Brighter Oregon

With the clock ticking on an Oregon legislative session that has yet to resolve a $1.4 billion revenue shortfall, the business lobby got an opportunity last Thursday to offer its solution to the problem. The testimony of a Brighter Oregon,...Show More Summary

Oregon needs a statewide transportation package for the next generation

By Anthony Bencivengo of Portland, Oregon. Anthony studies environmental policy at Reed College. When was the last time you drove somewhere? If you’re a college student like me, it might take you awhile to remember. I haven’t driven myself anywhere in weeks because I don’t own a car. Show More Summary

Oregon Ground Zero in Congress’ Attack on Science

By Henry Waxman and Erica Stock. Former Congressman Henry A. Waxman spent 40 years serving in the US House of Representatives, serving as chairman and ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Show More Summary

Will Oregon Democrats Betray Renters ?

By Shamus Cooke of Portland, Oregon. Shamus is an organizer for Portland Tenants United. Oregon’s housing crisis is suffocating the state, and Democrats have the power to fix it. But will they? The Democrat-dominated legislature is discussing...Show More Summary

Pink slips for teachers, a big tax cut for the wealthy

School districts in Oregon have been drawing up plans for staff cuts, in case the Oregon legislature fails to come up with the revenue needed to fill a $1.4 billion state revenue hole. And according to several teachers who spoke during...Show More Summary

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