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Rainier, Clatskanie school districts brace for key vote on Measure 30
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Rainier, Clatskanie school districts brace for key vote on Measure 30

BY Venice Buhain

Columbia County voters, along with voters in the rest of the state, will decide whether to confirm or reject the tax hike that the Oregon Legislature used to balance the state's budget through 2005. The election pits those who oppose what they call the "biggest tax increase in Oregon history" with those who fear an 8 or 9 percent cut in next year's local school budgets.

01/15/2004
Tort Reform Report Lacks Verdict
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Tort Reform Report Lacks Verdict

From the Charleston Gazette January 13, 2004, Tuesday Copyright 2004 Charleston Newspapers The Legislature's committee on tort reform issued its final report Monday. In it, the members made no recommendation, presented no "findings of fact," and asked that the group be disbanded. Observers expect the tort reform debate to continue to be contentious. They studied tort reform and rising insurance rates for almost a year. They heard conflicting reports from trial lawyers and insurance companies.

01/13/2004
Two former governors support temporary tax
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Two former governors support temporary tax

BY The Associated Press

Two former Oregon governors Monday joined to support a temporary tax increase that voters will consider in February. Former Govs. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, and Vic Atiyeh, a Republican, said social services, health care and education will suffer if Measure 30 is defeated. Measure 30, on the Feb. 3 ballot, would raise $800 million to balance the state budget. Lawmakers outlined cuts in K-12 education, human services and public safety if the measure fails.

01/13/2004
Room for One More Rulemaking Think Tank?
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Room for One More Rulemaking Think Tank?

BY Cindy Skrzycki

There is the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Cato Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Heritage Foundation, and the Center for Progressive Regulation. Not to mention the lawyers and academics who delve into the regulatory fine print for a living, churning out policy papers, books and research. Does Washington need another regulatory think tank?

01/13/2004
Registration deadline is impending for voters
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Registration deadline is impending for voters

BY Emerald editorial board

In recent weeks, ASUO has cranked up its perennial voter-registration drive in preparation for the upcoming Feb. 3 special election, wherein voters will decide whether to approve tax hikes that supporters say are essential to state services. And the Emerald Editorial Board, with the maintenance of your civil responsibilities and empowerment in mind, is reminding you that today is your last day to register to vote in that election.

01/13/2004
Economy is the wild card in Measure 30
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Economy is the wild card in Measure 30

BY James Sinks

SALEM — Read carefully the fine print in Measure 30, and you'll find a small sweetener. The centerpiece of the tax package, which appears on the Feb. 3 special election ballot, is a three-year income tax increase. But there's a possibility the tax surcharge could be assessed for just two years. The wild card is the state's economy, and how it performs in the coming year.

01/13/2004
REGISTER TODAY TO VOTE FEB. 3 ON MEASURE 30 TODAY
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REGISTER TODAY TO VOTE FEB. 3 ON MEASURE 30 TODAY

BY Dave Hogan and Janie Har

Register today to vote Feb. 3 on Measure 30 Today is the last day Oregonians can register to vote Feb. 3 on Measure 30, the Legislature's $800 million tax increase. Legislators and Gov. Ted Kulongoski approved the tax plan last year as part of their effort to balance the state's $11.5 billion budget for 2003-05. But several groups collected enough signatures to put the plan on a statewide special ballot. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by today, according to Secretary of State Bill Bradbury. Registration forms and information are available from county elections offices or online at www.oregonvotes.org. -- Dave Hogan

01/13/2004
Kitzhaber, Atiyeh stump for Measure 30
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Kitzhaber, Atiyeh stump for Measure 30

BY FAWN PORTER

Two former Oregon governors, one a Democrat and one a Republican, joined together Monday to support a temporary tax increase that voters will consider this February. Former Govs. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, and Vic Atiyeh, a Republican, said that social services, health care and education will suffer if the increase, known as Measure 30, is defeated. Measure 30 is the $800 million revenue package designed to balance the state budget and avoid further cuts to education, human services and public safety. It will go to voters on Feb. 3.

01/12/2004
Measure 30 seen as test of nationwide antitax drive
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Measure 30 seen as test of nationwide antitax drive

BY JIM BARNETT

WASHINGTON -- On its face, ballot Measure 30 is a matter strictly about Oregon for Oregonians to decide. But as voters choose between higher taxes or millions in spending cuts, the outcome could reverberate across the nation. Oregon has emerged as the latest proving ground for national antitax groups that have set their sights on state capitals after gaining clout in Washington under Republican control of the White House and Congress.

01/12/2004
Coalition Supports Decision to Drop Kyoto Credits from Revised Greenhouse Reporting Program
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Coalition Supports Decision to Drop Kyoto Credits from Revised Greenhouse Reporting Program

BY Competitive Enterprise Institute

Washington, D.C., January 12, 2004 - The Competitive Enterprise Institute and ten other public policy groups are urging the Department of Energy not to establish a system of emissions credits as part of its greenhouse gases reporting program. The DOE will hold a workshop today on its proposed rule to revise the voluntary greenhouse gases reporting program. While an emissions credit program is not part of the proposed rule, it will be on the agenda for discussion.

01/12/2004

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