GovBeat: Oregon

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 01/21/2014

More than a third of Republicans in Oregon’s House are leaving, says report

The Oregonian reports on “an exodus of Republican lawmakers leaving at the end of next year.”

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:17 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, Oregon, republicans

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Shark fins, tasters and tattoos: New laws on crime and courts

State legislatures passed more than 40,000 new laws in 2013, the bulk of which go into effect Jan. 1.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:22 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, laws, Legislation, newsletter, Oregon, States

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Liquor privatization battle heads to Oregon

Privatization supporters spent more than $20 million in Washington. Will Oregon be as expensive?

By Reid Wilson  |  03:13 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC, liquor, newsletter, Oregon, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013

How states can get what they need from a frozen Congress: Ignore it

If Congress won’t act, make the case directly to voters.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Congress, education, Infrastructure, innovation, Oregon, spending

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Oregon’s Kitzhaber will run for fourth term

Kitzhaber’s push for tax reform, and a troubled ObamaCare rollout, are likely to be top issues.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:56 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Oregon, States

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 11/27/2013

Oregon sales tax proposal comes into focus

Lawmakers are likely to vote to implement a 5 percent sales tax.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:35 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Oregon, sales tax, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/25/2013

In 16 states, unemployment is at its lowest in at least four years

But the nation is still far from enjoying a full jobs recovery.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, employment, Florida, georgia, indiana, jobs, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Unemployment, Wages & Employment, wisconsin

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Christie will take sports gambling fight to the Supreme Court

New Jersey has lost two rounds in court, but Christie isn’t done yet.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Delaware, gambling, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, newsletter, Oregon, sports, States

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 10/30/2013

States slow to spend billions in TARP funds for underwater homeowners

Nineteen states have been slow to spend money aimed at keeping people in their homes, an inspector general report found.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:10 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Arizona, California, economy, housing, indiana, Nevada, newsletter, Oregon, States, tarp

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/29/2013

The West Coast unites on climate change

California, Oregon and Washington agree to coordinate on policy.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Environment, Oregon, washington

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Oregon will recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

State agencies will recognize gay marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:02 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, Oregon, same sex marriage, States

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013

In Oregon, ‘Dr. No’ gets to yes

In his third term, Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) changes his image in hopes of getting results.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, kitzhaber, Oregon, States, taxes

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Oregon likely to try again on sales tax

Oregon’s budget took a hit when income rates fell during the recession. Now, sales taxes are on the table.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  income tax, Oregon, Rankings, sales tax, States, taxes

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Hey look, a grand bargain in Oregon!

Democrats voted to cut pensions, Republicans voted to raise taxes -- the system works!

By Reid Wilson  |  08:59 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, gmo, Oregon, pension reform, taxes

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 09/30/2013

How states are spreading the word on health-care exchanges

States are already running aggressive campaigns to introduce health care marketplaces, which launch Tuesday.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:58 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, Kentucky, Koch brothers, obamacare, Oregon, States

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Oregon legislators return for special session

A deal over pension reform and tax increases appears at risk in a special session beginning Monday.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:11 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Oregon, pension reform, special session, taxes

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Per-student spending dropped by a fifth in Oklahoma and Alabama in just six years

At least 34 states spend less per student now than before the recession, according to a new report.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:32 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alabama, alaska, Arizona, budget, census, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Connecticut, education, florida, iowa, kansas, national association of state budget officers, North Dakota, Oklahoma, oregon, per-student, spending, student, West Virginia

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Oregon governor eyeing session on pensions, taxes

Oregon. Gov. John Kitzhaber is renewing his push for a "grand bargain" on taxes and pensions.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:23 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cigarette taxes, income tax, oregon, pensions, States, taxes

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Fire season stretches state budgets

An unusually active fire season has Western states shelling out millions to protect tens of millions of acres of land.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:03 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, california, fires, idaho, nevada, oregon, western, wildfires

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Democrats push back on voting rights

Democrats are pushing back at Republican attempts to reform voting laws around the country.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  colorado, elections, Minnesota, nevada, new mexico, oregon, States, voting, Voting Wars, washington