2017 PERS rate increases: Growing cost to Oregon schools

Sen. Tim Knopp PERS rates projected to almost double in next 9 years Salem, Ore. – Last week, Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) responded to the adoption of 2017 Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) advisory rates estimated to cost school districts … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:38 | Posted in Education, Oregon Senate, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, State Budget | 25 Comments

Educational Savings Accounts: The “Smartphones” of Parental Choice

By Kathryn Hickok Yesterday the Senate Interim Education Committee of the Oregon Legislature held an informational hearing on Educational Savings Accounts, or ESAs. The focus of the hearing was the recently passed ESA legislation from Nevada, which will make 93% … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, State Government | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Tamie Tlustos-Arnold will run for Oregon SD 25

The Leadership Fund (Oregon Senate Republicans) Tlustos-Arnold Pledges to Put East County First Fairview, Ore. – On Tuesday, Fairview City Councilor Tamie Tlustos-Arnold announced her candidacy for Oregon’s Senate District 25, representing Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale and portions of Portland in … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:47 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Senate | 2 Comments

Sen. Whitsett files for re-election

by NW Spotlight Salem, OR—Sen. Doug Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls) filed for re-election to the Oregon Senate on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Sen. Whitsett has represented Senate District 28 since 2005. The district includes Klamath, Crook, Lake, southern Deschutes and portions of … Continue reading

Posted by at 02:09 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

Oregon Senate Republican Leader: Preventing firearm tragedies

Sen. Ted Ferrioli Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) responded to questions regarding the steps Oregon has taken to prevent firearm tragedies following the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College last week. “As all of Oregon … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Gun Control, Oregon Government, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 2 Comments

Will Sen. Doug Whitsett run for re-election in 2016?

by NW Spotlight Half of Oregon’s 30 state senate seats are up for election in 2016 – Oregon state senators serve 4-year terms. As was previously reported in Oregon Catalyst “There are 8 Republican seats and 7 Democratic seats up … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:13 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon Senate | 1 Comment

Oregon remains safe for sexual predators

by Dan Lucas Ughh. Charges were recently dismissed against 67-year-old Terry Bean, who had been “indicted for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in 2013.” Willamette Week reported “The reason for the dismissal was that the alleged victim declined to testify … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, Rep. David Wu | 4 Comments

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