Feds allocate more than $20 million to 11 Oregon airports for renovations

BY: - August 8, 2022

The Federal Aviation Administration has allocated more than $20 million for repairs at 11 rural airports in Oregon and to help attract new flights from Salem to California, Nevada and Arizona. Most of the money – $17.5 million – will go toward reconstructing runways at the Corvallis Municipal Airport, the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in […]

U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

BY: and - August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. The 755-page bill was passed after Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the evenly […]

Oregon will receive $8.5 million more in federal rent assistance funds

BY: - August 5, 2022

Oregon will get another $8.5 million in federal emergency rental assistance money, the state’s two U.S. senators recently announced. The largest portion of the money – almost $6.9 million – will go to the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department, which manages statewide rental assistance programs. The department has paid more than $386 million in […]

Record rent increases, low wages are driving an eviction crisis, U.S. Senate panel told

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Witnesses in a Tuesday hearing detailed to a U.S. Senate committee how investors and stagnant wages are driving an eviction and housing crisis across the U.S.  The chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, said that families are being priced out of buying homes, and rising […]

Heatwave sparks dozens of worker complaints; 14 suspected deaths

BY: and - August 2, 2022

The weeklong heatwave in Oregon ended on Monday with 14 suspected deaths and dozens of complaints about companies not following new rules to protect workers from the heat.  The state medical examiner tracked 14 deaths that may be heat-related: seven in Multnomah County, four in Marion County, two in Clackamas County and one in Umatilla […]

New state meat inspection program will combat supply chain delays, lower prices

BY: - August 1, 2022

Oregon meat eaters are likely to have access to more local beef and other products and at cheaper prices with a new program that will localize meat inspections. The program will expand the state’s processing capacity, allowing the Oregon Department of Agriculture to inspect meat that’s produced and sold within the state. Before, only the […]

Semiconductor bill that would benefit Oregon passes first hurdle

BY: - July 27, 2022

A congressional bill that would funnel billions of dollars into semiconductor manufacturing has passed its first big hurdle, with approval in the U.S. Senate. The $280 billion bill passed with a bipartisan 64 to 33 vote. The “CHIPS and Science Act” would allocate $50 billion over five years toward the semiconducter industry and $200 billion […]

Audit: Oregon Employment Department struggled long before Covid pandemic

BY: - July 27, 2022

Oregon’s unemployment insurance program was struggling long before the Covid pandemic, an audit released Wednesday by the Secretary of State’s Office found. “Antiquated” computer systems, limited phone lines and a shrunken staff caused by years of low unemployment numbers and federal underfunding left the Oregon Employment Department ill-prepared for a rapid rise in pandemic-related unemployment […]

Oregon’s Brown, other Western governors call on Congress to pass CHIPS Act

BY: - July 25, 2022

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and six other Western governors are calling on Congress to pass legislation with billions of dollars in subsidies for semiconductor manufacturing. The U.S. Senate will have its first vote on the legislation on Tuesday morning, Senate President Chuck Schumer said Monday, and it will move to the U.S. House after a […]

Oregon residents, local officials say highway tolling policy should include transit

BY: - July 20, 2022

Residents of Portland suburbs and local elected leaders on Wednesday urged state transportation officials to think about transit and potentially stranded drivers as they move toward installing tolls on some highways. Oregon Transportation Department officials announced at the beginning of a 90-minute meeting on Wednesday that they’ll extend the deadline for written comments on changes […]

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Long Covid continues to keep Oregonians out of workforce as state rebounds from job losses

BY: - July 20, 2022

Oregon is nearing a full recovery of jobs lost during the pandemic, according to the Oregon Department of Employment. But the gains are uneven, and for some industries, and hundreds of thousands of Oregonians experiencing long Covid, the road ahead is still uncertain.  Oregon has regained 94% of jobs lost since the beginning of the […]

Health care in Oregon becoming increasingly expensive, report says

BY: - July 19, 2022

Oregonians are increasingly paying a bigger share of their income for health care, the latest state report on health care costs shows.  The Oregon Health Authority said in the report, published Tuesday, that Oregonians saw an increase of nearly 50% in health care costs between 2013 and 2019. That’s an average of nearly 7% a […]