Lawmakers Punt Litmus Test 911 Bill

Oregon State Capitol.

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An obscure bill heard Wednesday in an obscure state legislative committee served to underscore a far larger point—it will be extremely difficult to get lawmakers to give up one of their semi-secret weapons: the ability to "sweep" special funds designated for specific funds into the general fund. That is a tool that lawmakers have historically used to balance the state's budget, and a privilege they ...   More
 
Thursday, June 2, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Governor Proposes Raiding 9-1-1 Kitty: Providers Alarmed


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When government budgets tighten, budget-writers are sometimes tempted to raid stable sources of funding to cover other expenses. That's what Gov. Ted Kulongoski stands accused by 9-1-1 providers of doing with the state's 9-1-1 funds. First a little background on how we pay for 9-1-1: every landline, portable phone and voice-over-Internet line pays 75 cents per month to cover the cost of ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

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