The Takeaway

The Takeaway

Feb
03
Getting Down To Business

Getting Down To Business

If the first two weeks of the session felt like an introductory college course, the third week bumped up to mid- and upper-level courses.
5 min read
Jan
28
Ready, Set, 2023 Session!

Ready, Set, 2023 Session!

The legislature is gearing up to tackle some of its most daunting challenges, including housing and semiconductors, in only a matter of weeks.
3 min read
Dec
09
Oregon Reopens Capitol to Regular Business

Oregon Reopens Capitol to Regular Business

For the first time in nearly three years, Oregon’s legislature convened for in-person meetings and committee hearings this week.
2 min read
Nov
16
State Economists Project Mild Recession in Baseline Forecast

State Economists Project Mild Recession in Baseline Forecast

“The sharp rise in interest rates is akin to taking one’s foot off the gas and slamming on the brakes,” said the economists with Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis.
3 min read
Nov
16
Despite Economy, Voters Approve Funding Measures

Despite Economy, Voters Approve Funding Measures

70 percent of local funding measures were approved by voters, suggesting that Oregonians remain willing to open their pocketbooks for services within their communities.
5 min read
Nov
11
Oregon Democrats Hold Their Majorities, But Not Without Losses

Oregon Democrats Hold Their Majorities, But Not Without Losses

Breaking through the supermajority ends the political threat of tax rate increases, but it does not end the threat of tax policy changes intent on raising revenue.
4 min read
Sep
23
Lawmakers Briefly Pause Campaigning to Legislate

Lawmakers Briefly Pause Campaigning to Legislate

The next session may seem eons away, especially with November 8 looming, but lawmaking is already well underway.
1 min read
Aug
31
Oregon Economists: Odds of a Recession are a 'Coin Flip'

Oregon Economists: Odds of a Recession are a 'Coin Flip'

Oregon is not in a recession today, but the Office of Economic Analysis says they are on recession watch
3 min read
Jun
03
Lawmakers Don’t Shy Away From Taxes

Lawmakers Don’t Shy Away From Taxes

The end of a popular income tax deduction, a new tax on business sales, and a new proposal to raise $22 billion a year in taxes. Whew!
2 min read
May
31
Despite Economic Pessimism, Oregonians Mostly Approve Local Funding Measures

Despite Economic Pessimism, Oregonians Mostly Approve Local Funding Measures

While voters approved most funding measures, 68 percent represents the lowest support for tax increases since the beginning of the pandemic.
2 min read