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Sales tax: Why it tempts Oregon lawmakers

Friday, December 13, 2013
Sales tax: Why it tempts Oregon lawmakers
Oregon voters blew a giant hole in the state budget when they enacted sweeping property tax limits in 1990, and politicians have been trying to fill it ever since. Often, the solution that rears its head is among the most unpopular in Oregon politics: a sales tax. Now Gov. John Kitzhaber [...]

Oregon health insurance enrollment lowest in country

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Oregon health insurance enrollment lowest in country
WASHINGTON -- Oregon was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the Affordable Care Act and jumped at the chance to set up its own online exchange for uninsured people to shop for health coverage. But Cover Oregon's roll out has been widely panned. Oregonians can't enroll in coverage they find o [...]

30,000 Cover Oregon enrollment packets

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
30,000 Cover Oregon enrollment packets
More than 30,000 individuals who met Cover Oregon (http://coveroregon.com/)'s deadline for submitting health insurance applications still don't have enrollment packets in hand, a state official acknowledged Tuesday. The concession by Dr. Bruce Goldberg, interim director of the state's excha [...]

Business leaders outline strategies to fight poverty

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Business leaders outline strategies to fight poverty
In a time of growing income inequality, Oregon business leaders say the state should overhaul its tax policies for low-income earners as a way to reduce poverty. The recommendation is part of four broad anti-poverty strategies outlined in a report titled "A Path to Prosperity (http://media.o [...]

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