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House Republican Clips

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

MAY 24, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

GROSS RECEIPTS TAX

 

Oregon Lawmakers Get 1st Look At Corporate Tax Measure

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The 111-page document leaves out some of the details — including how much corporations would actually be taxed under the plan. “I would just advise everybody to understand that this is just a shell, and that a lot of the language will be updated, replaced … or not,” said Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, who co-chairs the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tax Reform.

 

Lawmakers ‘close’ to compromise proposal for new gross-receipts tax on businesses

Register Guard

The biggest and most influential group, the Ore­gon Business Plan Coalition, continues to oppose any gross receipts tax this session. Instead, it is calling for state government cost reductions along with a “bridge” funding package: small, short-term tax increases to patch up the state’s 2017-19 budget. Pat McCormick, a spokesman for the coalition, said the time isn’t right for a major gross receipts tax, with not enough time left in the session to work out policy details.A gross receipts tax “and other options for restructuring Oregon’s tax system are worthy of thoughtful consideration,” he said. But “major revisions to Oregon’s tax system should be studied this interim, with a joint committee convened for that purpose as soon as practical after the current session adjourns.”

 

BUDGET

 

Oregon Department of Human Services faces $595 million in budget cuts

Statesman Journal

DHS Director Clyde Saiki and top officials from the agency’s branches outlined the potential impact of proposed budget reductions unveiled by lawmakers earlier this session. That impact would create a crater touching much of the agency. Under the proposed cuts, DHS would reduce costs by $285 million in general fund money from its current service level, which means a loss of an additional $310 million in federal funds, Saiki said during the public meeting at DHS headquarters in Salem.

 

EDUCATION & HIGHER EDUCATION

 

UO again will seek 10.6-percent tuition hike approval Thursday

Register Guard

The University of Oregon again will ask a state commission to approve a double-digit tuition increase for in-state UO students. On May 11, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission rejected the UO’s proposal to raise its 2017-18 tuition by 10.6 percent for Oregon residents. “This action has thrown UO’s budget into tremendous uncertainty that must be resolved in as swift a manner as possible,” the UO wrote Monday in a letter to the commission, requesting reconsideration of the same tuition increase proposal. UO President Michael Schill and Charles Lillis, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, signed the letter.

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Most Medicaid Recipients In Oregon Are Likely To Be Found Eligible

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“We’re about 90 percent of the way through working on the cleanup of data following the CoverOregon failure,” Cowie said. “We have this remaining group to complete and we will finish by Aug. 31.”  The health authority’s review has thus far found about 72 percent of Oregon Medicaid recipients are eligible.

 

Health Authority estimates 32,000 Medicaid recipients could be ineligible

The Oregonian

If historical trends hold true, as the state processes a backlog of 115,000 Medicaid renewals, 28 percent of them could be deemed ineligible because they make too much money. But Lynne Saxton, director of the health authority, flatly rejected the idea that the lingering questions about the state’s Medicaid rolls pose a financial risk for the state.

 

Audit: Oregon’s Medicaid computer systems work well, but human errors remain

The Oregonian

Oregon’s two computer systems that determine Medicaid eligibility and send payments to health care providers are functioning correctly, according to an audit released by the Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday morning.  But human error, through employee overrides of the computer systems and manual data entry, could result in people inappropriately being issued or denied coverage, the auditors wrote. “If they do not function correctly, Medicaid clients may be inappropriately approved or denied for Medicaid benefits, and payments to providers may be in error,” auditors wrote.

 

Brown announces new Medicaid accountability measures after audit

Portland Business Journal

“Elected officials should be focused on protecting the health care of Oregonians, not playing politics with it,” Brown said in a written statement. “We’ve heard a lot about Medicaid eligibility over the last week, but we haven’t heard much about the lives that depend on it. These are Oregonians who cannot afford the health care they need in order to pursue healthy and productive lives. Some are seeking preventive care, while others are battling life-threatening conditions.”

 

Greenlick Pushes Ballot Measure to Cap Campaign Spending of Public Players

The Lund Report

House Joint Resolution 32 would send voters voters a measure limiting donations from publicly financed companies to political candidates to $500 per politician. The measure was put forward the same day that Rep. Nancy Nathanson, a leading recipient of campaign money from Medicaid providers, pulled Greenlick’s HB 2122 from the floor.

 

MARIJUANA

 

Medical Marijuana Sales In Oregon Plummeting As Recreational Sales Increase

Oregon Public Broadcasting

State officials say that since recreational marijuana became legal, the number of people with medical cards dropped from 77,000 to 67,000 — that’s equivalent to the population of Cottage Grove. And it’s not just customers who are moving to the recreational market. Of the 300 plus dispensaries in the state, more than 80 percent have applied to sell recreational cannabis.

 

SELF-SERVICE GAS

 

Bill to expand self-service gas in rural counties heads to governor’s desk

Portland Tribune

“In many of these smaller communities, people would get stuck without a full tank of gas” because no gas stations were open, said Sen. Rod Monroe, D-Portland, who carried the bill to the floor. In Eastern Oregon, some locally owned gas stations have been at risk of closure due to the expense of hiring fueling attendants to pump customers’ gas, said chief sponsor Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario. “We are trying to preserve these stations out in the middle of nowhere so that we have fuel available,” Bentz said during a hearing on the bill in March.The proposed change affects 15 counties in Eastern Oregon: Malhuer, Union, Wasco, Hood River, Jefferson, Crook, Baker, Morrow, Lake, Grant, Harney, Wallowa, Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler.

 

PAY EQUITY

 

Women in Oregon Have a Long Way to Go to Get to Pay Equity

Willamette Week

“Pay equity doesn’t have to be a partisan issue, we’ve proven that here today,” said Representative Jodi Hack (R-Salem), said in a statement. “I am very pleased that so many lawmakers and stakeholders came together and continued to work to develop a set of amendments that addressed some of the concerns of our small businesses, while still offering one of the most comprehensive wage equity laws in the country.”

 

OTHER STORIES

 

Port Commission chooses deputy executive director to replace Bill Wyatt

Portland Tribune

Curtis Robinhold, the port’s current deputy executive director, was chosen by the seven-member commission that oversees port operations on Tuesday. He will succeed Bill Wyatt, who has directed the port since 2001 and is retiring at the end of the month. “Curtis has the leadership skills and business accumen we need going forward,” says Commission President Jim Carter.

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

Multnomah County inks $10 million tentative deal to sell vacant Wapato jail

Portland Tribune

The deal isn’t final and the company will have 90 days to research the site and negotiate a final deal for approval by the board of county commissioners. While the county had earlier demanded to know how the property would be used, the local broker for the firm, Philip Zimmermann, told the Portland Tribune that information remains a secret.

 

CAMPAIGNS

 

Super PAC Seeks “Trackers” to Snag Unflattering Footage of Kate Brown’s Opponents

Willamette Week

Last week, American Bridge, a Washington, D.C.-based super PAC, posted a list of job opportunities online, saying the group is “hiring tracker/field-researchers in Oregon to hold Republican gubernatorial candidates accountable for their public statements and actions.”

 

OPINION

 

Lawmakers must focus on stabilizing Oregon’s future: Editorial agenda 2017

The Oregonian

The time has come. For some, it’s past time. School districts are waiting for solid numbers out of Salem to craft their own budgets, which typically must be released to their communities at the end of May. The end of the school year is just weeks away and like us all, we are waiting on lawmakers to do the right thing and get the work done.

 

Editorial: Put popular vote on ballot

Register Guard

Courtney is now willing to allow Oregon to join the movement to conduct such an experiment, but only with the consent of the state’s voters. He’s right — such a decision belongs in the hands of the people. A change in the operations of a small-r republican institution such as the Electoral College should be made through a small-d democratic process.

 

Editorial: Equal pay for equal work

Register Guard

Oregon isn’t going to wipe out this gap single-handedly, but HB 2005 helps balance the scales for women, people of color and other minorities. May it serve as an example for others.

 

The Big Idea: Join us tonight for a discussion of Oregon’s broken budget with Gov. Kate Brown, top lawmakers

The Oregonian

The Oregonian/OregonLive Editorial Board will host Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and other top lawmakers and policy analysts to answer these and other questions at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the Bearcat room at Willamette University’s Putnam University Center, 900 State Street in Salem.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

Wyden, Merkley, Walden question FEMA denial

Bend Bulletin

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, wrote FEMA Friday with “great concern” and asked for further information about the decision. Oregon plans to appeal the denial, said Andrew Jacobs, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. “We have 30 days to restate our case,” Jacobs said Monday.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Oklahoma Crisis Offers Opportunity for Hapless Democrats

The Associated Press

Beyond the cuts, the situation has also produced a political role reversal. Republicans want to ease the pain with increases in cigarette and fuel taxes. Dunnington and fellow Democrats are attacking those bills, hoping opposition offers their party a path back to relevance after many years in the wilderness. “I would rather lose fighting for what’s just than win fighting for the wrong thing,” Dunnington said.

 

Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts In Trump Budget

National Public Radio

The proposed budget unveiled Tuesday by the Trump administration doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, fighting infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention of HIV/AIDS. It restates the goals of the “skinny budget” the administration released in March, which was widely condemned by scientists and public health advocates.

 

 

 

 

 

House Republican Clips

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

MAY 23, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Democrats: Medicaid concerns haven’t derailed provider tax talks

Portland Tribune

Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, D-Portland, and Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, who is a co-chair of the legislative subcommittee that handles OHA’s budget, said Monday that the issues raised last week have not affected negotiations on the provider tax.”I don’t think the audit alert has affected anything,” Steiner Hayward said. She argued that while some providers could lose money, that depends on how the tax is structured; and maintained “there’s no downside” for the state when it comes to a provider tax, as it would help pay for the cost of expanding Medicaid coverage to more people, which she contends is good policy. “I really think the entire state benefits when as many Oregonians as possible have access to insurance,” Steiner Hayward said. Kotek said Monday that the Oregon Health Authority was reassessing its caseload, so the budget lawmakers pass by the end of session would not be based on old eligibility numbers.

 

FamilyCare wins legal round against state health agency

Portland Tribune

The court ruling came at a poor time for the Oregon Health Authority, the state agency being sued, shortly after news coverage of a failure to check the Medicaid eligibility of as many as 115,000 members of the Oregon Health Plan, potentially costing the state tens of millions of dollars. The nonprofit FamilyCare Inc. is one of the organizations serving Medicaid patients, and for years has been a vocal critic of OHA officials. In February the group sued the state saying that the Medicaid payments set by the state for the organization do not cover the costs of providing care.

 

Quick Look: Oregon Health Authority Policy Keeps Medicaid Members from CCOs

The Lund Report

Only 15 percent of Oregon Health Plan income-based members have seamless coverage at renewal time. Rep. Cedric Hayden wants to pull enrollment from OHA and give it to DHS, and require that lapsed members be put immediately back into the CCO that was serving them.

 

MARIJUANA

 

Legislature sends marijuana bill to governor

Bend Bulletin

SB 1057 is a reaction to the softening of the medical marijuana market, said Donald Morse, director of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council. The Oregon Health Authority lists 46 marijuana dispensaries in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, with two in Deschutes County and one each in Jefferson and Crook counties. By contrast, the OLCC lists 20 recreational retailers in Bend. “At the end of the day, we’ve reacted to there being no medical dispensaries any more and making it so recreational dispensaries can meet not only the needs of recreational customers but the needs of medical patients, as well,” Morse said Monday.

 

House approves tighter tracking for medical marijuana

Portland Tribune

“The core purpose of this bill is to make sure that we eliminate the illegal market by enhancing tracking and other associated things that will prevent diversion from Oregon’s legal marijuana sector to the illegal market,” said Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, co-chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

Legislators pursue changing appointment authority for ODOT director

Portland Tribune

“If you are going to have entity with fiduciary responsibility, they need the ability to appoint the CEO,” said Committee Co-Chairman Lee Beyer, D-Eugene. Under the proposal, the five-member commission would appoint the director “in consultation with the governor.” The proposal is one part of a transportation package that would raise about $8 billion over the next 10 years to pay for projects to relieve congestion and maintain roads and bridges.

 

Central Oregon bus tax would need local OK

Bend Bulletin

House Bill 2745 would give a green light to the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council to seek permanent or local option levies to pay for bus service. Voters in each municipality COIC serves would decide whether to opt in or out of the plan. COIC provides bus service in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties. “We support the amendment,” said Erik Kancler, lobbyist for COIC and the city of Bend.

 

EDUCATION & HIGHER EDUCATION

 

Tech lobbies for $42 million engineering center

Herald and News

Rep. Reschke, speaking to the potential for the college’s growth, said that “OIT is a sleeping giant.” “Phase II (for the engineering center) is at the top of my list,” he said. However, he cautioned that the Legislature’s charge is to produce a balanced budget by the July 9 adjournment, and the politics of getting funding from the session — dominated by Democrats — is “a delicate balance,” he said. Both Reschke and Linthicum are Republicans.

 

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

 

DEQ fines Oregon City’s Clackamette Cove development $118,000

Portland Tribune

DEQ has set a May 25 deadline to appeal or pay the fines for allowing toxic stormwater to run off the construction site and into Clackamette Cove and the Clackamas and Willamette rivers. Construction contractors have begun to capture runoff in tanks and transport it to a wastewater-treatment facility.

 

JOBS & THE ECONOMY

 

SolarWorld files notice of potential mass layoff or closure in Hillsboro

The Oregonian

The U.S. arm of the financially insolvent SolarWorld AG sent certified letters over the weekend warning all 800 employees in Hillsboro that there could be a mass layoff or plant closure within 60 days.

 

ANTI-DREDGING BILL

Anti-dredging bill heads toward House vote

Mail Tribune

The bill would ban suction dredging within wild salmon and steelhead spawning habitat in creeks and rivers deemed “essential salmon habitat.” That would effectively ban suction dredges in the Illinois River, the Rogue River and its tributaries below Lost Creek Lake, and the Applegate River and its tributaries below Applegate Lake. The bill also bans dredging in habitat of Pacific lamprey, which are also present in the Rogue Basin.

 

ELLIOTT FORREST

 

More Fallout from the Aborted Sale of the Elliott State Forest: Jilted Buyer Will Sue State

Willamette Week

Last week, the Roseburg News-Review reported that Roseburg-based Lone Rock has filed a tort claim notice with the state, seeking to recoup $1.3 million in expenses and $2 million in damages for the increase in value since the board, composed of Gov. Kate Brown, state Treasurer Tobias Read, and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, agreed to the sale. “Our unique coalition operated in good faith and met every criteria identified in the state’s transparent, multi-year process to sell the forest,” Toby Luther, CEO of Lone Rock, said in a statement to the News-Review. “It’s clear now, however, that the governor had no intention of accepting a proposal under the established protocol. You cannot simultaneously encourage bidders and commit to bidders publicly while privately planning a shift in policy.”

 

PAY EQUITY

 

Oregon Equal Pay Bill Likely To Become Law Next Week

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Rep. Jodi Hack, R-Salem, said the bill was long past due. “I, as well as many other people, have experienced pay inequity,” she said. “But it’s not just about the pay. It’s about recognizing people for their hard work and for their efforts, and for what they bring to the table.” Hack added the bill would give employers “the opportunity to step forward and to do what is right.”

 

Oregon equal pay legislation heads to Gov. Brown

Statesman Journal

Gov. Brown plans to hold a ceremonial bill signing on the legislation next week. “I applaud the Legislature’s bipartisan efforts to pass the Pay Equity Bill and I look forward to signing House Bill 2005 into law,” Brown said in a statement. “While workforce discrimination has long been illegal, pay inequity persists. House Bill 2005 makes great strides towards a more equitable and prosperous Oregon.”

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

Oregon State Parks planning to auction off 38 acres of woodland between Eugene and Corvallis

Register Guard

Once a wayside, or rest stop, along Highway 99 West near Monroe, the woodland will go up for sale this summer, according to State Parks spokesman Chris Havel. The agency more often trades land and rarely sells it outright. “Right now, the market is such that we could really get some good out of it for the rest of the park system by putting it out for sale,” he said.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Oregon should not join popular vote movement

Bend Bulletin

The effect of the change would go beyond Oregon. Smaller states and rural states can make a difference now because of their Electoral College votes. That’s because a state gets votes in the Electoral College according to the number of members it has in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. So a state with a small population gets three. That would disappear under the popular-vote system, which would favor states with big cities dominated by a single political party. This year, Courtney has softened his position a bit. He’s willing to let the bill go if it’s amended to allow Oregonians to vote on whether to approve it or not. That’s unfortunate. Forcing Oregon’s votes should not be cast based on what happens in California, New York or Pennsylvania. The Legislature should let the bill die.

 

Guest: Oregon lawmakers shouldn’t allow nuclear power until there’s a safe solution for its waste

Barbara Roberts was Secretary of State from 1985-91 and Governor of Oregon from 1991-95; John Savage was Director of the Oregon Department of Energy from 1993-2001 and an Oregon Public Utility Commissioner from 2003-17

The NuScale/Fluor reactor system being researched in Corvallis has promising safety features, but has not yet been built anywhere in the world. Its design was submitted for review to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in January of this year and it is not expected that this review will be completed until 2020. The NuScale/Fluor reactor system is proposed for a site in Idaho, with construction to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2026.  There are currently no plans or prospects for such a plant to be financed or built in Oregon. In summary, SB 990 is premature, removes safeguards, and limits citizen approval by Oregonians. We urge a ‘no’ vote.

 

Guest: How Oregon can cut carbon — and boost its economy

Jack Harris is the co-owner of Fort George Brewery

We need look no farther than this district, which is home to more than 160 clean energy jobs, to see how local action on climate is already creating opportunity. A new E2 fact sheet for our state Senate district notes that EV charging stations and alternative fuels are growing, while Tillamook County’s Misty Meadow dairy digester is generating revenue and power while keeping at least 7,000 tons of greenhouse gases out of the air every year. Let’s expand this type of growth by putting a price on emissions and reinvesting the proceeds so we can reward businesses for innovating, clear the air and keep the clean energy jobs coming.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

U.K. blast called suicide bombing

The Washington Post

The bombing appeared intended to inflict the maximum possible damage on young concertgoers — many of them in their early teens. Police said the blast occurred about 10:30 p.m., minutes after pop star Ariana Grande had finished her set at Manchester Arena. “This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” the Greater Manchester Police said in a statement. British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement in the early hours of Tuesday saying authorities were “working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”

House Republican Clips

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

MAY 22, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

BUDGET

 

Oregon Is Sitting On $3.3 Billion In Bad Debt

Statesman Journal

Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, said the Legislature must find a way to prod the agency into better performance. “This cannot drift longer,” she said during a recent meeting of the joint committee that oversees the department’s budget. “What’s systemically wrong here? Something is not right.” Gov. Kate Brown said she’s counting on Revenue to do “the best possible job” to collect the $3.3 billion in delinquent debt that the state carries on its books.

 

FEMA FUNDS FOR OREGON

 

Oregon Senators Demand to Know Why FEMA Denied Federal Funds to Help With Snowstorm Damages

Willamette Week

Last week, FEMA rejected Brown’s request for a federal disaster declaration, meaning that Oregon lawmakers and residents weren’t able to seek federal aid to recover from the more than $17 million in damages from January’s severe winter weather, which, according to the letter, come from damaged power lines, landslides, mudslides, agricultural losses, an increased need for emergency services, as well an enormous economic blow. In a letter sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today, Oregon senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) join Rep. Greg Walden (R- Ore.) in pushing the agency for more transparency when it comes to granting federal disaster declarations.

 

OTHER STORIES

 

Straight Talk with OR. State Rep Mike McLane and Barbara Smith Warner Part 1

KGW

Straight Talk with Oregon State Representatives Mike McLane and Barbara Smith Warner about the state’s budget deficit.

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

Clackamas County sees rise in homeless count

Portland Tribune

Although the county and community groups have stepped up efforts to reach people in need of shelter and services, “this should be a call to action for everyone in our community,” says Brenda Durbin, the county’s director of social services.  Oregon City Commissioner Nancy Ide was among those who took part in the actual count. “Homeless people are not statistics,” she said. “They are people like you and me, with lives and families, children and backgrounds and futures. They want to receive and give love. They have fears and feelings — and most just want to be acknowledged.”9

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: A few small steps

Register Guard

Rosenblum’s bill, SB 481, is like the punchline to a number of bad jokes about lawyers: a good first step. It would require public agencies to acknowledge a public records request within five business days and produce the records or deny the request within 10. But it includes what looks like a very large loophole. The bill allows agencies to ignore the 10-day deadline if “compliance would be impracticable” for various reasons. Another bill, House Bill 2455, would have put some teeth in public records reform by limiting how much agencies could charge for records — a significant stumbling block for many — and by fining agencies that didn’t cough up the records. Sadly, HB 2455, which was introduced by Reps. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, and Mike Nearman, R-Independence, appears to be deader than a doornail. Oregon is inching toward transparency when it come to opening public records to the public. But it’s not there yet.

 

Editorial: Richardson’s wild pitch on records

Albany Democrat-Herald

The public records advocate will require as much independence as possible. Having that position report to just one state official could turn out to be a significant impediment to that independence. For that reason alone, Richardson’s proposal is seriously flawed. The Legislature needs to move ahead with Brown’s Senate Bill 106. Richardson also proposed using the secretary of state’s office to expand education about how the public records law works. That expansion would be welcome, and that’s where Richardson should focus his efforts, instead of hobbling the state’s nascent efforts to create an independent public records advocate.

 

Editorial:Foot Bridge on the Deschutes Rep Whisnant Correct in Bringing to Forefront

Cascade Business News

Representative Whisnant did the right thing in bringing this to the public forefront — previously few people in Central Oregon had heard about the bridge proposal. Although it was passed unanimously by the House, now that there has been public testimony on both sides of the issue, will it even make it out of committee?

 

Guests column: Tell lawmakers your thoughts on new health bill

Rick Tietz is an emergency room doctor at St. Charles. He lives in Bend

If you’re worried about the details, don’t be: Neither the representatives who voted for this bill nor our president concern themselves with these things. Yes, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and AARP are all against this health care bill. After all, these groups composed of doctors, hospitals and seniors know much less about health care than our wise legislators. If you, like the majority of Americans, are concerned, then let your representatives know what you think. I certainly will.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Michael Flynn To Take The 5th, Refuses To Turn Over Documents To Senate Panel

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“We will be responding to the Senate Intelligence committee today,” a source close to Flynn tells NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly. “We expect to say the General will not providing the requested documents. He is entitled to decline under the 5th Amendment.”

 

Michael Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment, AP source says

The Associated Press

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination as he notifies a Senate panel that he won’t hand over documents in the probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

 

 

Dennis Richardson

Daily Clips

 

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

MAY 15, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

BUDGET

 

Will Gov. Brown’s Plans For A Sale Of State Assets Reap Big Dollars For Oregon?

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Gov. Kate Brown has an ambitious plan to raise $5 billion by selling off a wide range of public assets, from surplus property to possibly even some state agencies. This kind of thing has been happening in the U.S. for a long time where the current politicians decide they need cash now and figure out how to get it,” said Robert Barone, a Reno-based economist and investment fund adviser who has written on the topic. “But then it’s mortgaging the future because the building they sold to the private sector now requires that the taxpayers through taxes pay the private sector for rents in that building.”

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Oregon took months to fix lead problems at juvenile prisons

The Oregonian

Full-scale testing of youth prisons in February and March came nearly six months after the state finished lead inspections on 40 other buildings where state employees lived or worked, including the governor’s mansion and the Oregon Capitol. A spokesman for the Oregon Youth Authority blamed unforeseen contracting problems for testing delays. “We have tried to be very conscientious and focus on the health of our youth and staff,” Benjamin Chambers said. “We didn’t want it to take this long.”

 

HELMET BILL

 

Mother’s death on a rafting trip inspires ‘helmet bill’ in Oregon

KATU

Senate Bill 643 is her answer. The bill would require any outfitter and guide to offer helmets to passengers on waters rated Class III or above. Rapids are ranked on a class scale of 1 to 6, with 6 being the most challenging. Zach Collier already offers helmets to his passengers, but he says it wouldn’t make sense to force them to wear one. “Sometimes it’s unsafe. If it’s super warm, it can create heat injuries.”

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

Portland voters to decide on $790 million spending package to fix school lead

Associated Press

The $790 million spending package that would raise taxes to address the crisis has generated intense interest in an otherwise sleepy election as residents revisit lingering questions about how administrators in the 49,000-student district handled the discovery of lead levels that surpassed federal standards in the water at dozens of schools.

 

Prineville passes on resolution to welcome everyone, citizen or not

Bend Bulletin

A request that Prineville city councilors declare the city open to anyone, regardless of immigration status or gender identity, raised doubts last week about whether a majority of Prineville residents would approve. “We know our community pretty well, and we know there are some people here — I bet at least 60 percent of our citizens — who would say that if people want to come to the U.S., then they should take the route of legal entry, not illegal entry,” Roppe said. “We’re here to represent the majority of our citizens.”

 

OTHER STORIES

 

In Trump era, record numbers of Oregonians running for office

The Oregonian

“There is incredibly heightened interest among the populace in how our government functions at the federal level,” he said. That may well have spurred Oregonians to act locally, he said.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Tackling opioids

Register Guard

If the state task force Brown is forming is serious about dealing with this epidemic, there are worse places look than Lane County, where a number of physicians and health care organizations have been looking at ways to reduce opioid abuse and better treat pain. These range from alternative treatments such as weight loss, exercise and meditation on up to creation of chronic pain centers offering a multi-pronged approach for the most complex cases. The interest now being shown by state and federal officials is encouraging news. If they follow through with their commitments, the result will be better pain management, reduced drug abuse and healthier communities.

 

Guest: Simplified tax can mend broken system

Nancy Nathanson and Phil Barnhart, both Eugene Democrats, represent District 13 and District 11, respectively, in the Oregon House of Representatives.

We think there’s a different way we can approach this. Along with House Speaker Tina Kotek, we’ve presented a bold yet prudent proposal that will finally allow us to make significant, strategic investments in our schools. Under this proposal, we could fund kindergarten-through-12th-grade schools at a level that would allow school districts to finally add back school days, reduce class sizes, and add back programs that improve graduation rates. The proposal calls for $200 million in strategic initiatives, like teacher mentoring, hiring school nurses, improving graduation rates and supporting better school nutrition. We can build workforce and career training programs that prepare students to work in emerging industries.

We can make the promise of an affordable college education real again, and we can build the kind of future for our state that we all want.

 

Guest: Oregon desperately needs revenue reform

Tass Morrison serves on the North Santiam School Board and the Oregon School Boards Association Board.

Our state elected officials face no greater issue today than finding a sustainable system for paying for government services. Indeed, it is the only work that counts now.   I urge them, and anyone who cares about our children’s future, to bring the issue of revenue reform into focus – immediately. We need to couple that work with containing costs on PERS and health care, and chart a course for the foreseeable future that provides today’s generation with the same educational opportunities that we enjoyed in our youth.

 

 

Socialist Dieting

ORP Daily Clips

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

MAY 10, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

Transportation plan calls for $1.1B to reduce Portland-area traffic

The Oregonian

But Republicans warn that the myriad tax increases included in the plan will not be popular among voters, and say an overhaul of the low-carbon fuel standard is critical in gaining GOP support for the plan.

 

Because it includes tax hikes, the proposal will need a three-fifths approval in both chambers of the statehouse. That means Democrats will need to get at least two Republicans on their side. The last transportation package passed in 2009, funded partially by increased gas taxes. A proposal failed in 2015 when a bid to trade Oregon’s new clean fuels law for new carbon cuts fell apart at the end of session. This proposal is about 20 times larger than 2015’s.

 

TAXES

 

OPB Think Out Loud: Rep. Bentz Talks Taxes

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Democratic lawmakers have a plan to change the way businesses are taxed in Oregon. They say they need bold action to provide money for schools. Republicans say this is the return of Measure 97 —  another attempt at a sales tax. Yesterday, we got the Democratic perspective from Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton. Today, we hear a response from Republican Rep. Cliff Bentz of Ontario.

 

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Portland Advocates Prepare to Launch a Climate-Change Tax on Corporations

Willamette Week

The key debate in the Oregon Legislature this year is whether to impose a tax on businesses, months after voters rejected a similar idea at the ballot box. But WW has learned that state lawmakers aren’t the only ones who want to hike business taxes.In Portland, City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has joined forces with environmental and social-justice advocates on a potential 2018 ballot measure: a 1 percent city tax on the local gross receipts of businesses with national sales over $1 billion, if those businesses do at least $500,000 in annual sales in the city of Portland.

 

Ryan Deckert, a former Democratic lawmaker and now the president of the Oregon Business Association, expressed concern. “That just makes zero sense,” Deckert says. “This would be a total sideshow to a really important conversation that’s happening in the Capitol right now.”

 

Businesses outside Oregon would be taxed under commercial activity tax proposal

Portland Tribune

A proposed statewide tax on businesses’ sales would for the first time bring in revenue from out-of-state companies that sell goods in Oregon but have no physical address here, according to the Legislative Revenue Office. The .95 percent rate would apply to businesses with Oregon sales exceeding $5 million.

 

PRISONS & PUBLIC SAFETY

 

The Feds Persuaded Oregon to Scrap Its Exploitive Prison Phone Contract—Until the State Decided It Needed the Money

Willamette Week

The Department of Corrections budget is nearly $900 million a year, so the loss of the phone contract would be a relatively small hit. But it’s significant for the inmate welfare fund, which gets nearly 70 percent of its funding from phone commissions. The first draft of Gov. Kate Brown’s budget, released late last year, originally proposed to shift general fund dollars to replace about half the phone commissions. But Craig says that’s no longer in the works. Instead, state officials decided to extend the Telmate contract, which was set to expire June 30, 2017. Craig says her agency was preparing to put the contract out for bid in early March when responsibility for the contract shifted to the Department of Administrative Services.

 

Inmate who died in jail tried to get help 19 times over five hours

The Oregonian

For more than five hours, a Yamhill County Jail inmate writhed in pain on his mattress, clutched his side, walked 19 times to the door to press an intercom button for help and urinated blood in the toilet inside his cell, but no one came to help Jed Hawk Myers, according to jail records, video and police investigative reports.

 

ELLIOTT STATE FOREST

 

State Land Board votes 3-0 to keep Elliott State Forest publicly owned

Register Guard

Following the vote, Brown directed the ­Department of State Lands to come up with a plan for preserving public ownership of the Elliott while separating it from the school fund, either through land transfer or other options. Previously, Brown has called for spending $100 million in bonds to remove some of the forest from the school fund. She added that the plan must continue ­habitat conservation.

 

Oregon State Land Board: Elliott State Forest to stay public

The Associated Press

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, another board member, said he regretted the sale didn’t go through in February but recognized the forest would inevitably stay in public hands even if he voted against it. He apologized to Lone Rock and to Michael Rondeau, chief executive officer of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Brown told Rondeau tribes could still have a role in managing forests. The Department of State Lands was directed to “continue working with sovereign tribal governments to explore ownership or additional forest management opportunities.”

 

It’s unanimous: Elliott State Forest will remain publicly owned

The Oregonian

Under Brown’s proposal, decisions about the rest of the land would be entrusted to what’s called a habitat conservation plan, a blueprint that would dictate where logging could occur and where habitat for threatened species like the marbled murrelet and northern spotted owl would be protected. It would need federal approval, something that federal agencies withheld the last time Oregon tried to draft such a plan for the Elliott. Liz Dent, a state department of forestry official, said the expected timber harvest under Brown’s plan would be about 20 million board feet each year – roughly half as much as the state’s aggressive 2011 plan that led to the situation today.

 

EDUCATION & HIGHER EDUCATION

 

State may hold off on spending spree for college buildings

Statesman Journal

A graph of the growing debt so impressed House Speaker Tina Kotek, she warned school officials that rapid increases can’t continue. The proposed projects are nice, she said, but “we end up paying a long-term debt that I don’t think we can afford,” she said. The lawmakers also wanted to see that the colleges and universities are taking care of the buildings they’ve got. Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, said that session after session the deferred maintenance on college campuses have mounted — and yet the state keeps adding new construction. “I know that new buildings sparkle and glitter, but, at some point, I want to make sure we’re getting control of our deferred maintenance,” he said.

 

OTHER STORIES

 

Senate takes up Deschutes bridge ban

Bend Bulletin

Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, said the bridge just south of the city limits in the Deschutes National Forest would have to be built without condemnation of private property and only after an environmental impact study is done to ensure no negative impact. A bill currently before the Senate would ban bridges in the that location. “I will support a bridge on Forest Service property,” Knopp said. “I will likely seek an amendment to the bill to do that.”

 

Oregon may allow drivers to choose nonbinary, rather than male or female, for licenses

The Oregonian

Officials will host a public hearing on the proposed change Wednesday in Portland. If approved, Oregonians could change their licenses and identification cards beginning this summer. Instead of “F” or “M,” their licenses would display “X” under sex. “Some people don’t identify as male or female,” said Amy Herzfeld-Copple, the co-executive director of Basic Rights Oregon. “We’re excited by the DMV proposal because it’s an important step in recognizing what we already know to be true. Gender is a spectrum.”

 

LOCAL/REGIONAL NEWS

 

With a Week to Go Before Election Day, Portland Public Schools Can’t Stop Hitting Itself

Willamette Week

The School Board is asking voters to trust the district’s ability to execute a risky, complex, multiyear construction program. Officials handled a previous bond effectively, but poor management decisions about personnel and policy, and a continuing aversion to transparency, threaten to undermine voters’ confidence.

 

Tunnel collapses at Hanford nuclear waste site in Washington state

Washington Post

Hundreds of workers at the Department of Energy’s Hanford nuclear site in Washington state had to “take cover” Tuesday morning after the collapse of 20-foot-long portion of a tunnel used to store contaminated radioactive materials. The Energy Department said it activated its emergency operations protocol after reports of a “cave-in” at the 200 East Area in Hanford, a sprawling complex about 200 miles from Seattle where the government has been working to clean up radioactive materials left over from the country’s nuclear weapons program.

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: A big transportation plan

Register Guard

Taken together, the committee’s recommendations would raise an additional $1 billion a year by the time they were fully phased in, allowing a substantial increase in the $2 billion a year the state, cities and counties currently spend on transportation. According to a 2014 study by the Portland Business Alliance, a failure to relieve congestion on Oregon highways will cost the average Oregon household $788 a year by 2040 due to higher prices and lost competitiveness related to transportation delays. There will be arguments over many details of the committee’s plan. There should be little debate, however, over the need for a response on the scale the committee has proposed.

 

Editorial: Some good and bad in state transportation plan

Bend Bulletin

Perhaps the worst proposal in the package is for a new statewide payroll tax for public transportation. It would be one-tenth of 1 percent, so a person making $50,000 a year would pay about $50 a year. Not every community in Oregon has a public transit system. It’s not at all fair to tax all Oregonians to pay for something they may not have. If a local community has a system, the voters there should decide for themselves how much they want to tax themselves to pay for it.

 

Guest: Oregon’s transportation crossroads: Creating options for the future

John D. Miller of Salem is president of the Salem-based Wildwood/Mahonia family of companies.

How we power our vehicles also needs to change. Transportation is the biggest source of climate pollution in Oregon. Alternative fuels, like the biodiesel produced right here in Salem from used cooking oil and waste grease, and electric cars and buses, are key to reducing that pollution. This conversion to clean fuels also creates jobs. For example, building electric vehicle infrastructure supports local electricians and other contractors. Lawmakers have a historic opportunity before them: To fund a modern transportation system that will provide tangible benefits for today’s communities while creating an environmentally sustainable system for generations to come.

 

Guest: Reducing Oregon’s diesel emissions should be a priority

Alan Sprott is the Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Vigor, which operates shipyards and manufacturing facilities throughout Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.    

Oregon now has an opportunity to begin implementing DEQ’s strategy to reduce diesel soot. Senate Bill 1008 would create a program to phase out or retrofit older diesel engines for cleaner engines used on roads, create an inventory of off-road diesel equipment, and create a fund from public improvement projects to repower or retrofit diesel powered equipment. The program also uses money from the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement to provide grants for reducing diesel emissions. These steps hit the core of DEQ’s strategy to reduce emissions by accelerating the replacement of older engines, and providing financial support for clean diesel projects.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

Wyden renews call for special prosecutor after Comey firing

Portland Tribune

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said Tuesday that it was “outrageous” for President Donald Trump to fire FBI Director James Comey in the middle of an investigation into Russian links with people close to the president. “At this point, no one in Trump’s chain of command can be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation,” Wyden said in a statement, adding, “The president would do well to remember that in America, the truth always comes out.”

 

Kate Brown Tries To Rewrite History

Wilsonville, OR – After years of highly public struggles with Obamacare, failed Oregon governor Kate Brown is trying to rewrite history regarding the state’s problems with the failed healthcare law as it heads for potential repeal in Congress.

In an interview on MSNBC, Brown praised the failed law, calling it “cost-effective.” But it appears Kate Brown hasn’t paid much attention to the headlines on Obamacare in Oregon for the last few years. Last July, Oregon’s Health Exchange Co-Op, known as Cover Oregon, was forced to close due to poor finances following catastrophic technical and service failures, producing embarrassing national headlines:

The Washington Examiner reported:

“Oregon’s insurance regulator closed the co-op late Friday due to poor finances, meaning that 15 of the original 23 co-ops have collapsed. The closures have cost taxpayers more than $1.5 billion in startup and solvency loans.

Oregon’s Health CO-OP was put in receivership on Friday and regulators gave its 20,600 policyholders until the end of the month to find a new plan…

The co-op lost $18.4 million last year, mostly because of high claims from policyholders.

What also didn’t help was Obamacare’s risk-adjustment program, which transfers funds from insurers with healthy enrollees to insurers with the sickest claims.”

Oregon’s Obamacare implosion was even the subject of an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which released a report detailing the systemic issues with Oregon’s Obamacare system:

“In letters to Attorneys General Lynch and Rosenblum, Chairman Chaffetz wrote, ‘The documents and testimony show Oregon State officials misused $305 million of federal funds and improperly coordinated with former Governor John Kitzhaber’s campaign advisers. Official decisions were made primarily for political purposes. Cover Oregon was established as an independent organization by the legislature, and was not intended to be a wholly controlled subsidiary of the Governor’s political apparatus. Evidence obtained by the Committee shows, however, close coordination between Governor Kitzhaber, his official staff, his campaign advisers, and the supposedly independent Cover Oregon. The evidence we have uncovered implicates violations of state laws that restrict political activity by public employees.’”

U.S. News reported:

“Here, in brief, is what the committee found:

State law clearly established Cover Oregon as an independent entity. The governor and his political advisers’ involvement in Cover Oregon was inconsistent with Oregon law.
Campaign funds were used to assist the governor in his official capacity while handling Cover Oregon.
Cover Oregon became closely tied with all campaign activities, from polling to meetings.
The governor’s political operatives – none had technological experience – micromanaged many of the decisions that needed to be made regarding Cover Oregon.
Junking Cover Oregon and moving to HealthCare.gov was viewed as a way to “let the steam out of so much of the attacks.
“The Cover Oregon board was told the cost of moving to HealthCare.gov was $4-6 million. A slide showing moving the Medicaid system would cost $36 million was deleted.
After the governor complained about the “free independent expenditure campaign” his political opponent was receiving because of Cover Oregon, his political advisers drafted letters asking the attorney general to sue. The letter was sent days later.
In sum, the committee says, “Cover Oregon failed for two main reasons: The state acted as their own system integrator (like HealthCare.gov), and the state tried to revamp its entire healthcare system, not just build an exchange.”

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“Now, Kate Brown has her staff engaging in political activity while no one is working to get to the bottom of what happened to the $305 million Cover Oregon funds that were lost,” stated Chair Currier. “These funds would come in very handy right now as Brown claims to be doing everything she can to close the sizable $1.8 billion deficit.”

“As Kate Brown continues to bury her head in the sand with regards to Oregon’s disastrous results with its Obamacare experiment, Oregonians learned firsthand just how calamitous it proved for their healthcare,” noted Currier. “If Kate Brown is unwilling to accept the reality that millions of Oregonians face with the disastrous Democrat healthcare law, she has no business serving another term as governor in 2018.”

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STATE GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

Happening at the Capitol this week: business taxes, marionberry pie

Statesman Journal

The Oregon Legislature is slowly getting to the meat of budget matters this week with approval of some minor agency budgets by the Joint Ways and Means Committee and a third public meeting of the Joint Tax Reform Committee — while a flurry of odds-and-ends bills move through House and Senate chambers.

 

HOUSING

 

Rent control on the table in Legislature amid housing crunch

Register Guard

Landlords around the state told lawmakers that the momentum of the new bill has made them nervous. Some of the landlords said they have held off on making new property purchases, waiting first to see if rent control becomes a reality. Neighborhood Partner­ships­, a Portland-based nonprofit organization, is among the groups fighting for legislation allowing rent control in Ore­gon. “What we are hearing from all around the state is that tenants are experiencing these unbelievably large rent increases and it is pushing them out of the homes that they live in,” Neighborhood Partnerships­ Deputy Director Alison McIntosh said. “They’re basically being economically evicted from the homes that they’ve had, and that doesn’t help us create healthy, stable communities.”

 

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

 

Clyde Saiki will step out as state human services director

Portland Tribune

Clyde Saiki says he is retiring after two tumultuous years as director of the Department of Human Services, which has the largest agency workforce, and a total of 30 years in state government. “In his three decades of service to the State of Oregon, Clyde has demonstrated exemplary leadership at every agency,” Brown said in a statement. “I would like to thank him for his contributions to DHS and for his continued leadership through the summer to ensure a smooth transition when Fariborz takes the helm on Sept. 1.”

 

DHS director Clyde Saiki will retire; governor names his replacement

The Oregonian

Oregon political leaders said Saiki, 60, has made a positive impact during his short time leading the the department. Rep. Duane Stark, R-Grants Pass, who sits on the House Human Services Committee, said he appreciates Saiki’s work to put the department back on track. “It’s far from being where it needs to be, but I’m personally sad to see him go,” Stark said. “He’ll be greatly missed.”

HEALTH CARE

 

Greenlick Fights to Defend CCO Reforms in House Rules Committee

The Lund Report

The House Health Chairman now hopes to pass a compromise arrangement brokered by House Speaker Tina Kotek that would allow the Oregon Health Authority to set the rules to protect the state’s Medicaid reserves from Wall Street poaching and make sure those tax dollars are spent on community health.

 

OTHER STORIES

 

Patti Smith’s life defined by adventure, assisting others

Mountain Outlook

While she was working, Patti continued to be heavily involved in the community. She was a member of the Columbia Grange, and served four terms in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009. During her eight years representing District 52, she strived to be a voice for the people and acknowledge her constituents’ and colleagues’ needs, serving as assistant Speaker of the House for part of her term. “My sister would always surprise people who called her legislative office because she’d be the one to answer the phone,” Cartisser said. “That was just the kind of person she was.”

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Brown is late, limited in budget ideas

The Oregonian

If Oregonians had hoped Gov. Kate Brown could deliver a grand plan this legislative session that would help lift the state budget out of its deep deficit and define a path toward sustained financial stability, they’re likely as disappointed as we are.Brown should translate her nuanced executive orders to share the larger visions that may stand behind them. Addressing Oregon’s unfunded liability and scrutinizing the cost of public employee pay and health care are solid steps in the right direction. Instead of walking a careful line to the 2018 gubernatorial election, the governor should help her constituents understand why it’s necessary to control what pensions are paid to future public employees. And it wouldn’t hurt to communicate why she must do a better job tracking what Oregon can afford to pay state workers in salary and health care in years to come.

 

Editorial: Tax plan more detailed than spending cuts

Mail Tribune

Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, told the Democratic leaders he wanted them to promise the new revenue wouldn’t go for teachers’ salary increases, health benefits or PERS payments. The tax plan, he said, was “laser-focused,” while the proposed spending cuts were “quite fuzzy.”

We agree. And voters will want the same guarantees.

 

Editorial: Law is not necessary

Baker City Herald

But we disagree that a law — and in particular the constitutionally shaky bill that the Oregon Senate approved this week — is likely to accomplish, in any meaningful way, this noble objective. Senate Bill 719 passed by a 17-11 vote and is now under consideration in the House.  Besides its potential conflicts with the Second Amendment, our main concern with the bill is that it focuses solely on the means by which a person might harm himself or others, but has nothing to do with the person’s motivations. And we’re not convinced that those motivations can be addressed through legislation. Not every societal problem can be fixed with a law.

 

Editorial: Marion County, Salem would benefit greatly from sobering centers

Statesman Journal

We support an effort being sponsored by Rep. Duane Stark, a Republican from Grants Pass and co-sponsored by Rep. Knute Buehler, a Republican from Bend.Stark said he knows of a few other states piloting programs. but Oregon has a chance to lead on this issue. The Senate should vote ‘yes’ when the bill comes before it. As Buehler pointed out, more innovative ideas like this are needed “that emphasize compassion and rehabilitation rather than incarceration and punishment.”

 

Opinion: It’s not Trump or Republicans; Portland has a riot problem

Bill Currier is the chairman of the Oregon Republican Party.

It’s time to face it: First and foremost, Portland has a “riot” problem, not a Trump problem or a Republican problem. The strategy of appeasing rioters at the expense of the law-abiding citizens and business owners has entirely failed, and the people have had enough of it. Violent protests aren’t protests. They are riots. It is now time for the “Riot Games” to end. Local authorities must do more than catch and release these rioters. As a start, they must charge, prosecute, convict and incarcerate them. But just putting these rioters in jail isn’t enough.

 

Opinion: Rent control won’t solve the problem

Jim St. Clair is a real estate broker in Eugene

House Bill 2004 is trying to fix the wrong problem. As noted by several state representatives, this bill won’t build any new housing units. Other bills are under consideration that are intended to encourage new housing projects, but they won’t have much of an effect when Oregon cities start wiping out the local real estate returns. Removing the ban on rent controls is a dangerous approach to the state’s housing crisis.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

Wyden: Resist GOP health care overhaul

Portland Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s 818th town hall meeting was almost an hour old Saturday night before he got to Topic A before the Senate. “My view is that the House bill would slam Oregon with a tsunami of suffering that would plunge thousands of Oregonians into debt and anguish,” Wyden told hundreds cheering him on at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. “I want you to know I will do everything in my power, night and day, to derail that House bill. That’s what Oregonians have been asking me to do.”

 

Community Town Hall Meetings

News from Representative Walden
Dear Friend:

I wanted to remind you of the community town hall meetings I am holding near you next week. I need your input on the biggest issues facing our communities and our country, and hope you’ll join me at these town halls so that I can hear from you directly. The meeting locations and details are listed below, and I look forward to seeing you there.

In the U.S. House, I’m working hard — along with President Trump and his team — to roll back costly regulations created under the previous administration, relieve burdens created by government agencies in our rural communities, and create jobs in Oregon. Improving federal land management, protecting our Constitutional rights, and putting an end to mismanagement and mistreatment at the VA are also top priorities for me.

At these meetings, I’ll give an update on these issues and take your questions and comments. I regularly visit and hold meetings in each of the 20 counties in our nearly 70,000 square mile district. In fact, I held 27 town halls in 2016 alone (at least one in each county), and I’ve held 137 since 2012. While these town halls require a lot of “windshield time” in the car, I rely on the visits as one way to help me stay in close touch with local communities in Oregon.

Monday, May 8, 2017

What: Baker County Town Hall Meeting
When: 9:30am – 10:30am PDT
Where: Baker High School Main Gymnasium, 2500 E Street, Baker City

What: Union County Town Hall Meeting
When: 12:15pm – 1:15pm PDT
Where: Stella Mayfield Elementary School Auditorium, 1111 Division Street, Elgin

What: Wallowa County Town Hall Meeting
When: 2:30pm – 3:30pm PDT
Where: Wallowa Elementary School Cafeteria, 315 W 1st Street, Wallowa

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thank you for considering attendance at these town hall meetings near you. You can reach my office in Oregon toll-free at (800) 533-3303 if you have any questions. I hope to see you next week. It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
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“Revolving Door”

Oregon Dem Governor Kate Brown Perpetuates “Revolving Door”

Between Lawmakers And Lobbyists With New Hire

Wilsonville, OR – Oregon Republican Party released a statement today regarding “failed” Democrat Oregon governor Kate Brown’s decision to hire a former lawmaker as a lobbyist on her behalf has drawn increasing fire for perpetuating the state’s “revolving door” between lobbyists and legislators. A new editorial from the Bend Bulletin blasts the double standard that Brown used to hire her newest lobbyist while calling to fix the law that allowed her to do so:

 

“A former Oregon legislator who wants to lobby lawmakers in the statehouse must wait out one legislative session, a so-called “cooling off” period.

But if that same former legislator goes to work for the government — say, in the governor’s office — lobbying can commence right away, no cooling off needed.

 

Why the double standard? 

 

That’s the question raised by recent rulings surrounding former Rep. Peter Buckley’s new job as Gov. Kate Brown’s budget adviser. Buckley, an Ashland Democrat, left the Legislature in January. By March, he had his new part-time post, focusing on long-term approaches to the state’s budget woes…  

 

What’s so different about lobbying former colleagues to adopt the position of some government agency or office, versus lobbying them for a private company or organization? In both cases the former legislator is paid — whether by salary or contract — to try to influence lawmakers to advance one interest or position over another.

 

Ironically, after getting the opinion she expected, the governor says she doesn’t intend to have Buckley do any lobbying this session, which is now half over. But now she and other government agencies have a green light to engage in the very “revolving door” between Legislature and lobbyists that the law appeared designed to prevent.

If the law really says that’s OK, it’s time to fix the law.”

 

“Kate Brown’s decision to hire Buckley may have been cleared by an commission she herself appointed, but it only further legitimizes the revolving door between lobbying interests and Oregon’s government that she continues to use for her own gain,” stated Oregon GOP Chair Currier. “Despite coming to office with promises to bring transparency and accountability to Oregon’s government, Kate Brown continues to do the exact opposite in office.”

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LAW and ORDER President

Pathological liar, Susan Rice is back: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/04/05

 

Common Sense in California: http://www.gocomics.com/michaelramirez/2017/03/30

 

A disgrace of a Senator is representing US: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/04/05/slumber-party-oregon-democrat-occupied-senate-floor-to-protest-gorsuch-says-the-n2308987

 

Meanwhile…back at the TRUMP Administration and all across America…Law and Order is being restored.

 

Sessions accelerates the deportation of imprisoned illegal aliens: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/31/ag-jeff-sessions-unveils-program-to-accelerate-deportation-of-imprisoned-illegals/

 

Numerous illegal alien sex offenders are caught trying to sneak back across the border: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/01/100-sex-offenders-caught-single-border-sector-fiscal-year/

 

Porn-watching federal employees can now be fired: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/04/03/veterans-group-hopeful-accountability-act-will-finally-allow-va-to-fire-pornwatching-employees-n2307625

 

ICE catches numerous criminal aliens in the “sanctuary” Pacific Northwest: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/04/ice-snatches-84-criminal-aliens-pacific-northwest/

 

TRUMP defunds UN agency complicit in mass abortion: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/04/04/trump-ends-funding-for-united-nations-population-fund-n2308506

 

The illegal immigration rate is dropping here:  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/04/march-illegal-immigration-lowest-17-years-dhs-chief/ AND here: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/04/illegal-immigration-fell-67-percent-trump-says-fmr-border-chief/

 

BUILD THE WALL! http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/05/wall-cut-illegal-crossings-94-says-fmr-border-chief/

 

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