Briefs

money spread out by Getty Images

U.S. Treasury grants $22 million to Oregon financial institutions to help low-income communities

BY: - April 10, 2023

The federal government has awarded seven financial institutions in Oregon a total of $22.3 million in grants to help underserved communities recover from the pandemic. The money, announced Monday, is part of $1.7 billion awarded to more than 600 institutions nationwide through a U.S. Treasury program to boost recovery among low-income and moderate-income communities that […]

Oregon budget writers starting road trip with Saturday visit to Portland

BY: - April 7, 2023

Faced with a heap of funding requests and limited resources, legislative budget writers plan to tap the pulse of the electorate to determine the top priorities for Oregonians. Starting Saturday, lawmakers on the Joint Ways and Means Committee that decides what gets funded will spend a month traveling the state, talking with residents. They have […]

Proposal to create state-funded food assistance program for undocumented immigrants advances

BY: - April 5, 2023

A proposal to provide food assistance to thousands of people who don’t qualify for federal benefits made the leap from a state Senate committee to legislative budget writers this week. Senate Bill 610 would create a state-funded program under the Department of Human Services that mirrors the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for the estimated […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

It is now a crime in Idaho to provide gender-affirming care to transgender youth

BY: - April 4, 2023

Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed a bill into law Tuesday that makes it a felony to provide certain types of medical care to children and teens. House Bill 71 criminalizes gender-affirming health care for youth who have gender dysphoria. The bill specifically bans puberty blockers and hormones for patients under age 18. It also bans […]

Oregon will end reimbursements for remote state employees

BY: - April 3, 2023

Oregon will stop reimbursing remote state employees this fall for traveling to their offices, Gov. Tina Kotek announced Monday.  Reimbursements will stop on Sept. 1, though employees will still be allowed to work remotely – even from other states. Lawmakers have taken aim at the practice after learning through news coverage that some senior managers […]

homeless

U.S. Department of Housing sending $50 million to Oregon to address homelessness

BY: - March 28, 2023

The federal government is sending nearly $50 million to Oregon nonprofits, counties and other entities to address homelessness. The money – from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – adds to a $200 million investment approved by the state Legislature this month to help hundreds of Oregonians find housing. At least 18,000 Oregonians […]

Oregon drivers must remove studded tires by Friday, March 31

BY: - March 28, 2023

Drivers need to remove their studded tires by Friday or face fines, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Monday. Studded tires are allowed in the state from Nov. 1 until March 31, though transportation officials encourage drivers to use stud-free traction tires that can be just as effective for most drivers and cause far less […]

Food shopping in a supermarket

State giving children mainly in low-income families statewide $170 million in extra food money

BY: - March 27, 2023

Oregon is sending $170 million in extra food aid to children mainly in low-income families statewide. The Department of Human Services will start issuing payments of $391 from late March to the end of May. A news release said 434,000 children will receive payments.  The money comes from a federal program to help children whose […]

bison in open rangeland

Feds allocate $2 million to Oregon farmers and ranchers for bison, yak products and more

BY: - March 22, 2023

The federal government has allocated more than $2 million to Oregon farmers and ranchers in seven counties to expand marketing and sales of various items, including of bison meat and yak products. Oregon’s U.S. senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, announced the funding on Wednesday. The $2.1 million in grants are part of the U.S. […]

Oregon Gov. Kotek adds Malheur, Clatsop counties to homelessness state of emergency

BY: - March 20, 2023

Gov. Tina Kotek has added two rural counties to her homelessness state of emergency so the state emergency management department can help coordinate state and local response to the homelessness crisis there. Kotek announced Friday that Malheur County, with about 31,000 residents in southeastern Oregon, will join the primarily urban counties in the state of […]

A ballot box in Oregon.

No Labels Party qualifies to run candidates in Oregon elections

BY: - March 10, 2023

A centrist political group that Democrats fear could spoil President Joe Biden’s re-election is now a recognized Oregon political party.

Oregon faces brighter future on the health front, with lower levels of respiratory infections

BY: - March 9, 2023

Along with warmer weather, the weeks ahead are likely to bring a brighter outlook on the respiratory disease front, a leading Oregon health official said Thursday. Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state epidemiologist, said during a monthly news conference about COVID and other infections that the “near-term outlook” is good. “Our sense of optimism is growing,” […]