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U.S. Senate sends Biden debt limit legislation ahead of Monday default deadline

BY: - June 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan debt limit bill is on its way to President Joe Biden after the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to clear the measure for his signature. The 63-36 vote followed several amendment votes, all of which were rejected. Biden is expected to quickly sign the package, preventing a default on the debt that […]

Cocktails are popular in Oregon bars.

Recovery advocates say commission member should recuse herself from alcohol surcharge vote

BY: - June 1, 2023

This article has been updated. A Portland-based recovery group wants a member of the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission board to recuse herself from voting on a proposed surcharge on alcohol. Nathan Morales, a lawyer representing Oregon Recovers, said in a letter sent Thursday that Commissioner Kiauna Floyd should recuse herself from a June 15 […]

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Malheur County gold mine moves closer to approval

BY: - June 1, 2023

A proposed gold mine in Malheur County moved closer to breaking ground at a public meeting on Thursday with state and federal regulatory agencies. The Grassy Mountain mine, located about 20 miles south of Vale in eastern Oregon, would be the first chemical-process gold mine in the state. Gold in sites like Grassy Mountain is […]

U.S. House approves debt limit package, sending it to Senate days before default deadline

BY: - May 31, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House took a broadly bipartisan vote Wednesday night on the debt limit package, sending it to the U.S. Senate where lawmakers are expected to vote quickly to clear the measure. The bill would suspend the nation’s borrowing limit through Jan. 1, 2025 and set caps on discretionary spending for two years. […]

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley

Oregon’s Sen. Merkley opposes debt deal while Rep. Bentz praises it

BY: - May 31, 2023

UPDATED at 7:04 p.m. Wednesday with the U.S. House vote and reactions. At least one member of Oregon’s congressional delegation plans to vote against the debt ceiling deal brokered by congressional leaders and President Joe Biden. Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley said in a news release on Wednesday he plans to vote against the bill, which […]

Fishing off the coast of Oregon.

USDA will invest $52 million to help fishing industry on the West Coast

BY: - May 30, 2023

The struggling fisheries industry on the West Coast is getting a much-needed financial boost from the federal government.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will buy $52 million worth of Pacific groundfish for its food assistance programs. The money is the USDA’s third and biggest investment in the fish in as many years. “This […]

States see record low unemployment across the US

BY: - May 24, 2023

Across much of the country, the jobs market is as strong as it’s ever been, and Black women, young people and people with disabilities are among the workers benefiting, recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show. Twenty states reported an unemployment rate under 3% in April, while 15 states saw record lows, led by […]

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy after talks with President Joe Biden.

Biden and McCarthy strike positive tone after debt limit talks, but no deal yet

BY: and - May 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy left their closely watched meeting Monday without an agreement on government spending or the debt limit, prolonging a stalemate that could soon disrupt Americans’ everyday lives as well as the global economy.  Both struck a positive tone Monday, though neither divulged details about what remains unresolved […]

The U.S. Capitol on Dec. 18, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

A default on the U.S. debt would be far worse than a government shutdown. Here’s how.

BY: , , and - May 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — A U.S. default on its debt would have a significantly broader impact on federal operations, financial markets and the global economy than recent government shutdowns that have left ordinary Americans largely untouched. While the two have been confused frequently during debate over the debt limit, the federal government has had considerable practice with […]

Oregon economic forecast: More money for Legislature to spend, bigger ‘kicker’ tax rebate

BY: - May 17, 2023

State tax collections continue to surpass economists’ predictions, giving lawmakers more wiggle room as they craft the next two-year budget and Oregonians more money back when they pay taxes next year.  That’s the topline from the state’s latest quarterly revenue forecast, released Wednesday morning, which showed the state collected nearly $2 billion more than expected […]

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy after talks with President Joe Biden.

Some movement reported in debt limit talks as Biden cuts short overseas trip

BY: and - May 16, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and congressional leaders struggled to find common ground on the debt ceiling during a Tuesday meeting, though lawmakers said afterward there was some progress toward a deal. Biden and U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will become the two primary negotiators on a bipartisan debt limit bill that could include other […]

Oregon will require marijuana dispensaries to prove they paid taxes

BY: - May 16, 2023

Cannabis companies will need to prove they’ve paid their state taxes to receive licenses under new rules announced Tuesday. The new policy requested by Gov. Tina Kotek will require marijuana dispensaries to provide certificates from the Department of Revenue indicating that they’ve filed and paid all state taxes or have a payment plan for existing […]