Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1436-1-.html Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Gravy Train - Union Pacific has billions in profits. So why is Oregon subsidizing the rail giant? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18788-gravy_train_union_pacific_has_billions_in_profits_so_why_is_oregon_subsidizing_the_rail_giant.html When it comes to shipping companies, few are bigger than Union Pacific. The rail giant controls 32,000 miles of track across most of the Western U.S. Last year, the company had profits of $3.3 bil]]> Greasing Small Business - A looming sewer charge will help big industry—and cost your corner cafe. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18989-greasing_small_business_a_looming_sewer_charge_will_help_big_industry%E2%80%94and_cost_your_corner_c.html Marilyn DeVault has watched several businesses in her neighborhood close down in recent years. Her bakery, the award-winning Piece of Cake in Sellwood, remains popular and busy. But she fears th]]> The Train To Zero - Union Pacific conceded up front that state subsidies to improve its rails wouldn’t create jobs. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18914-the_train_to_zero_union_pacific_conceded_up_front_that_state_subsidies_to_improve_its_rails_wouldnt_.html Over the past six years, the state of Oregon has handed out $295 million in subsidies to local governments and private companies to help build and repair ports, rail lines and public transit. Th]]>