Legislators and Latino Leaders: Bill to Restore Driver's Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants "a Public Safety Issue"

Oregon Legislature

CAUSA Oregon and the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs are pressing the Legislature to take up a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants access to an Oregon driver's license. The measure, Senate Bill 845, would remove barriers created by the Legislature in 2008 and let undocumented immigrants legally drive and also buy insurance. However, the bill specifies that the licenses will not will ...   More
Thursday, March 3, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Recipients of Film Tax Credits; Plus, One Lawmaker's Take


 As WW reported today, Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to extend and expand a subsidy for film and video production for companies that shoot in Oregon. The governor is proposing to bump the existing credit, which costs $7.5 million annually up to $12.5 million per year. The way the credit works is that taxpayers buy credits—at a discount of five to 10 percent from face value—and use them to offset ...   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Good Brews, Bad News

On tap this morning in Salem was a topic dear to all WW staff: beer. Rep. Ben Cannon (D-Portland) spoke first at the legislative hearing on HB 2461 (PDF), most commonly known as the bill to raise the Beer Tax. Cannon mentioned that while Oregon's budget is being slashed, and revenue is in a freefall, the state should evaluate all options, including an increase in the beer tax. Cannon told the ...   More
Monday, February 23, 2009 Dan Green

Interested in Clean Energy? Go Here

Remember when clean, alternative energies for the future were a fairly big concern, back before the current economic deathmatch began and clean energy opponents seized on the freefall to say now's not the time to change our approach? The nonprofit Focus the Nation is coming to Portland to remind you that the time is now for cleaner energy. Founded in 1999 by Portland's own Green House Network, ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Ryan Fleming

State Lawmakers and Portland Mayor Agree to Collaborate on Plastic-Bag Ban (Updated)

Mayor Sam Adams has backtracked on his pledge to bring an anti-plastic-bag ordinance to City Council, conceding to state lawmakers' wishes that he instead support a non-binding resolution calling first for an Oregon-wide ban. In a memo signed July 22 [PDF], the mayor says he will bring an ordinance banning the petroleum-based bags in Portland only if the proposed state ban fails in the 2011 ...   More
Friday, July 23, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Public Campaign Financing Kick-Off Party

The campaign to keep Portland's 2005 "voter-owned elections" kicks off Saturday in North Portland. The location for the 10 am rally is Dawson City Park, at the corner of North Williams Ave and Stanton Street. Rep. Ben Cannon (D-Portland), whom WW recently named the "best politician money cannot buy" will be there. You can bet Commissioner Amanda Fritz will be there as well. Proponents ...   More
Thursday, August 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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