Murmurs: A Lobbyist Seeking a Different Pelt


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Lobbyist Paul Phillips represents many powerful interests in Salem, including physician groups that have collectively given Gov. John Kitzhaber $450,000 in recent years. Now Phillips, a lifetime membe   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Boo! Both Arts Tax Lawsuits Are Undead

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Here's a Halloween chill for City Hall, local schools and arts nonprofits: Both legal challenges to the Portland Arts Tax are still alive in the courts.WW reported last week that Oregon Tax Court is weighing Jack Bogdanski's appeal of his lawsuit against the tax. But that's not the only suit currently being appealed: Northwest Portland resident George Wittemyer has also appealed his dismissed lawsuit ...   More
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Abandons Changes To Arts Tax

UPDATE: Mayor says Saltzman convinced him to leave tax alone.

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Mayor Charlie Hales will not present the Portland City Council with any changes to the city's $35-a-person Arts Tax, sources tell WW.This spring, Hales told the Revenue Bureau and a council work committee to find ways to make the arts tax more equitable. Critics, including City Commissioner Steve Novick, complained the tax unfairly burdened poor tax payers.But sources now tell WW the mayor will not ...   More
 
Thursday, September 5, 2013 AARON MESH

City: If You Pay the Arts Tax, We'll Forget the Fines

UPDATE: Jack Bogdanski Files Appeal in Tax Court

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Portland officials are still holding out big hope that arts tax dodgers will pay up—so much so that they’re not charging a penalty for late payments, more than a month past the deadline.So far, the city has collected less than $7.5 million of the expected $12 million from the $35-per-person tax. City officials are planning on sending residents who did not file by June 10—a deadline already extended ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 CATALINA GAITAN

The City's Collection of the Arts Tax Has Hit $7.6 Million

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Turns out citizens aren't just willing to vote for a Portland Arts Tax. Given enough time, they'll pay it, too. More than 248,000 Portland residents have paid the $35-a-person tax after two deadline extensions, paying the city $7.6 million, according to Mayor Charlie Hales's office.Those numbers are estimated, says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes, because the city's revenue bureau is still counting about ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

The Arts Ax

As You Pay your $35, some Portland schools will see fewer arts teachers than last year.


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Portland voters gave their blessing to a $35-a-person tax last fall on the promise the money would be used to restore arts and music to the city’s public schools. So imagine the surprise of    More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 SARA SNEATH

222,000 Have Paid Arts Tax; Deadline Today

UPDATE: Arts tax payment website crashes.

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UPDATE, 6:25 pm: Several procrastinating readers have alerted WW that the arts tax website—the city's preferred method of payment—has crashed. It could not handle the volume of people trying to pay on the last day before a promised $20 penalty."At this point the deadline to pay the Arts Tax will be extended until the problem is resolved," the site reads. "We appreciate everyone's patience with ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oral Arguments on Jack Bogdanski's Art Tax Suit Start Next Week

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Happy arts tax day! For those of you keeping score at home, the $35-a-person Portland arts tax is due today—the deadline moved back a month after the city had trouble getting money from people without computers, couldn't get debit-card payments to work, changed the exemptions twice, offered refunds, and was sued in two courts.The civil trial in the first of those lawsuits, filed by Lewis & Clark ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Murmurs: It’s Not Too Late to Let Police Horses Unionize.


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Just as Mayor Charlie Hales moves to bust the Portland police commanders union, a bill to expand the rights of police brass to unionize is working its way through the Legislature. House Bill 2418 ex   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

City Guarantees Schools Their First Arts-Tax Payment

But PPS says it will only budget for 30 arts teachers, not 45

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Mayor Charlie Hales has struck a deal to give Portland Public Schools and five other school districts their first payment from the arts tax—whether or not the tax is struck down as illegal by the courts.The deal calls for the City of Portland to cover two-thirds of the money the schools expects this fall, if it loses two pending lawsuits against the error-riddled tax. But today's deal—regardless ...   More
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

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