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Robust May State Revenue Forecast Means $100 Million More For K-12 Budget

Booming economy flows through to schools

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A new state revenue forecast released today brings good news for K-12 education—it will add just over $100 million to the $7.255 billion lawmakers budgeted for schools last month.
When lawmakers passed the budget far earlier than normal, they agreed to allocate 40 percent of whatever additional monies the May revenue forecast predicted, because K-12 education gets about 40 percent of ...   More
 
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Earl Blumenauer and Peter Defazio

Two Oregon congressmen—divided over free trade—disagree about what a Trans-Pacific deal would mean.


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President Barack Obama jetted to Portland last week to use the city and the world headquarters of Nike as backdrops in his push for a sweeping new free-trade agreement with 11 Pacific Rim coun   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Thunder Dome

There are already runaway costs for a state Capitol remodel that few people know about.


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Peter Courtney usually gets what he wants. As president of the Oregon Senate for 12 years, Courtney, 71, has amassed more influence than almost any other legislator in state history. The Democ   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Michael Jordan, Oregon's Former Chief Operating Officer, Hired to Run City's Bureau of Environmental Services

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City Commissioner Nick Fish this morning said he's hired Michael Jordan, the state of Oregon's former chief operating officer, to head the Bureau of Environmental Services.
Fish announced the hire in email to all BES employees.
Jordan replaces Dean Marriott, the longtime BES chief whom Fish    More
 
Friday, May 8, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

President Barack Obama Comes to Nike (And Not For New Shoes)

President pitches free-trade agreement to friendly audience.

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The big question about President Barack Obama's visit to Portland is, "Why Nike?"Obama is making a cross-country swing to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation free trade agreement he's pushed for six years as president.
The Oregon stop is a nod to one of his strongest congressional allies, Oregon's senior U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. Wyden is carrying Obama's water on trade...   More
 
Friday, May 8, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Mayor Charlie Hales Withdraws Support for Pembina Propane Terminal: Updated

Facing re-election, Hales reverses position.

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In an abrupt about-face, Mayor Charlie Hales yesterday told the Port of Portland that he is dropping his support for a proposed $500 million propane terminal to be built by the Canadian company Pembina Pipeline Corporation.That's a death sentence for the massive project, which Hales earlier championed. The Port's director, Bill Wyatt, says that Hales told him Wednesday that Ha...   More
 
Thursday, May 7, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Feed the Beast

Schools get billions from the state every year. That number is growing fast. Here’s why it’s never enough.


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$7.2 billion is a lot of money. It’s enough to buy every Oregonian a new MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone 6. Or enough to buy every school district in Oregon a $36 million, gently used Gulfstr   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Club of Portland Names Mike Marshall Its New Executive Director

Veteran politico replaces Sam Adams.

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The City Club of Portland today named Mike Marshall its new executive director.

Marshall takes over City Club after three decades in Democratic politics. He came to Oregon in 2013 to run the campaign for same-sex marriage. When court victories eliminated the need for that campaign, Marshall shifted over to running former Gov. John Kitzhaber's 2014 general-election campaign. <...   More
 
Monday, May 4, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Despite Facing Felony Sex Abuse Charges, Terry Bean Surfaces in Connection With Obama’s Portland Visit

Aide to Democratic Party money man emails potential supporters.

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When WW first reported that President Barack Obama will visit Portland on May 7, one of the first questions in political circles was what role, if any, would Portland real estate investor Terry Bean play in the visit.

In the past, Bean, a gay-r...   More
 
Friday, May 1, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Supreme Court Invalidates 2013 PERS Cuts for Retired Workers: Updated

A split decision will add costs for schools, state agenices and local governments.

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The Oregon Supreme Court ruled today that big cuts to the state's public retirement system the Legislature made in 2013 are unconstitutional, slashing the savings taxpayers would have seen under the reforms.The court delivered a split decision: It ruled that cutting the cost of living increases for worke...   More
 
Thursday, April 30, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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