State Sen. Mark Hass injured at wooly mammoth preserve

by NW Spotlight The injuries Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) received after being nearly stepped on by a wooly mammoth are minor, and are not expected to require hospitalization. Sen. Hass was at an event promoting SB 913, which is intended … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:45 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Satire | 4 Comments

Addressing the real threats to Northern Spotted Owl

American Forest Resource Council The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently announced it will consider changing the status of the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO) from “threatened” to “endangered” as owl populations continue to decline. The species’ listing in 1990 … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:00 | Posted in Natural Resources, Timber | 3 Comments

Bi-State Bridge Coalition: Real Solutions or more Special Interests?

by Ron Swaren Washington legislators very narrowly halted committing further state revenue to the troubled Columbia River Crossing project when, by one vote, the Washington Senate refused to pass authorization in the 2013 Session.In the meantime, two proposals have originated … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:29 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing | 3 Comments

Oregon House GOP to Gov. Brown: Actions don’t match rhetoric

Oregon House Republicans Response from House Republican Caucus Communications Director Kara Walker in response to Governor Brown’s State of the State remarks: “While House Republicans appreciate Governor Brown’s calls to improve our education system, strengthen our transportation infrastructure, and restore … Continue reading

Posted by at 02:47 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 3 Comments

Rep. Whisnant: $300 million on phantom employees

Rep. Whisnant on House Bill 2856 : $300 million on phantom employees By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation State Representative Gene Whisnant is working on House Bill 2856 which identifies and stops vacant state positions which could end up costing … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Rep. Hack: A way to boost volunteer firefighters

Representative Jodi Hack has Tax credit for volunteer firefighters moving forward By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation A tax credit for volunteer firefighters is moving forward in the legislative process. Sponsored by Rep. Jodi Hack and ten other representatives, House … Continue reading

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Oregon’s self-created problem: Lack of affordable housing

by Sen. Doug Whitsett “the proposed solution is to spend a great deal of other peoples’ money, on yet another government program, to try and solve the problem without addressing its cause” The Legislative process often involves bringing various stakeholders … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Housing, Land Use Laws, OR 78th Legislative Session | 29 Comments

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