Legislative Budget Boosts K-12, Angers Unions

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There are a couple of key takeaways from a quick skim of the budget that the co-chairs of the Legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee released today. 1. There's slightly more money for K-12 education, the biggest single line item in the budget, than there was in Gov. John Kitzhaber's budget, released last November. Kitzhaber proposed $6.15 billion, plus $253 million in pension savings. The ...   More
 
Monday, March 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Longtime Supreme Court Justice Sides with Kitzhaber on PERS Dispute

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Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Michael "Mick" Gillette has injected some momentum into Gov. John Kitzhaber's quest to reduce public employee pension benefits by hundreds of millions of dollars during this legislative session.The back story: the big driver of Kitzhaber's proposed cuts is a plan to reduce cost-of-living increases on pension benefit that exceed $24,000 annually. Public employees ...   More
 
Friday, March 1, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Pay Up or Shut Up

Lawmakers’ first order of business: Find $450 million for a rebranded CRC project.


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After more than a decade and $160 million spent on planners, consultants and lobbyists, the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing’s moment has finally arrived.  When lawmakers c   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Wrecking Crew

Gov. John Kitzhaber hired Rudy Crew to smash the status quo in Oregon schools. What comes after that?


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Anybody who thinks there are no second acts in American life should consider Rudolph Franklin Crew. Crew is a leading figure in the national education reform movement. Over the past 30 years, he   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's State of State Speech Pushes Jobs, Big Savings

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Gov. John Kitzhaber delivered his state-of-the-state speech in the Capitol this morning. Kitzhaber told lawamkers, who are in organizational meetings prior to convening the regular session in February, that he needs their help in cutting public employee pension benefits and prison spending.Kitahaber also included a high level of specificity on a couple of the biggest challenges facing Oregon: job creation ...   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Protesters Pledge to Delay Kitzhaber's Nike Vote

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 A coalition of anti-Nike protesters who rallied last night in downtown Portland are in Salem today—pledging to delay and disrupt a vote on Gov. John Kitzhaber's deal with with the sneaker giant to keep its tax status. "I suppose it's possible that we could extend this [session] into the weekend," rally organizer Nicholas Ivan Caleb declared outside the Portland Niketown store. He suggested ...   More
 
Friday, December 14, 2012 AARON MESH

Nike Legislation Would Exclude Intel

Kitzhaber asks lawmakers to amend bill

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When the Legislature meets in special session tomorrow, it will probably pass a bill that benefits Nike, Oregon's marquee home-grown company. But the draft version of that legislation will make it difficult for Intel, the California-based tech giant that is Oregon's largest private employer, to get the same assurance.Nike and Intel both already benefit from Oregon's current approach to corporate income ...   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Nike Eyeing Investment in Portland After Special Session

Sources say sporting goods company may invest here

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Multiple sources familiar with the deal Gov. John Kitzhaber and Nike announced earlier this week have indicated there may be a significant, undisclosed subplot to the deal—that Nike is considering a major investment in Portland.  Two sites mentioned as possible locations for expansion are South Waterfront, where big tracts of land exist adjacent to glitzy condos and downtown; and, the ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Goldschmidt Claims he Was Bilked

News that never forgets.


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Ex-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt says he’s been ripped off to the tune of $601,599—the amount he and his wife, Diana, claim in a lawsuit they invested with Arkansas-based Voyager Financial Group. Th   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Kitzhaber Wants Retention Contract with Nike

Deal will extend existing tax rules, create "thousands" of jobs

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Gov. John Kitzhaber announced this morning he will convene a special session of the Legislature on Friday, Dec. 14 (not Dec. 17 as he first announced) in order to cut a deal with Nike. Kitzhaber said today that Nike is planning a major expansion and sought assurances Oregon would not materially change its tax structure in a way that would disadvantage Nike in the future. "They are looking for ...   More
 
Monday, December 10, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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