Central Ore. rebounds, Portland and Eugene weaker


Oregon Regional Economic Indicators (click chart for larger view)

By UofO Oregon Economic Indicators

Regional economies experienced some mixed numbers in February, but underlying trends remain solid. Highlights of this month’s report include:

For all regions, moving average measures (which smooth monthly volatility) remain above zero, indicating above trend activity. Recall that these figures measure relative average growth; each region has its own underlying growth rate. Continue reading

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Governor Brown’s Office Delays Public Records

block-public-recordsGovernor Brown’s Office Delays Public Records Request
By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon,

The Bend Bulletin Editorial Board stated last summer on Oregon Governor Kate Brown “The governor’s office is so slow to fill requests for her calendar and documents relating to it as to render the final product useless or nearly so.”

A few weeks later after that media complaint, Governor Kate Borwn’s office was repeating the mistake again on public records request on the Governor’s own office spending (See Oregon Capitol Watch request here). A July 2016 public records request was not made public for nearly four months later in November. What takes other states to provide in days, seems to take months for Oregon to provide. Continue reading

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Oregon grows nearly double national state average

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

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Governor Kate Brown and some lawmakers say the State of Oregon is facing a $1.7 billion budget shortfall in the 2017-19 biennium. Yet, this shortfall is in the face of all-time high tax money coming in to state government. Continue reading

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Oregon Legislature Begins Today

capitolThe Oregon Legislature begins today and taxpayers should pay attention.

The Oregon Legislature is looking at over a 100 tax and fee increase proposals.  The Oregon Legislature will also look at rule changes which will have the effect of raising taxes and costs on taxpayers and businesses.  The Oregon budget will grow by over a billion dollars in new tax revenue by the increased economy.

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Marijuana tax revenue hits $60 million

marijuanaOregon Department of Revenue Press Release,

As of December 31, 2016, the Department of Revenue has received $60.2 million in marijuana tax payments since the state began taxing recreational marijuana in January 2016. Additional marijuana tax data is available at www.oregon.gov/dor/stats Marijuana tax receipt information will be updated on this page monthly, generally toward the end of the month. Continue reading

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Health care fail: Higher costs, providers flee

By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon

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Health insurance prices on the Obamacare exchanges have been published on HealthCare.gov, and it’s not good news. Higher premiums, higher deductibles, and fewer choices.

Fewer plans: Last year, residents in Portland, Oregon had a choice of 87 plans. This year, we get only 37 plans from which to choose (1). Continue reading

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Governor Brown introduces Son of Measure 97 Tax

governor-kate-brown-oregon-signGovernor Brown introduces Son of 97 Tax
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation,

– $300 million small business tax
– $530 million health care tax
– 100% Liquor tax increase
– 64% tobacco tax increase

Tax burden falls on small business as big business goes untouched: Twenty four days after Oregonians rejected the Measure 97 tax the debate has now shifted from taxing largest businesses to taxing Oregon’s small businesses and people’s health care. Continue reading

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