SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a sweeping tax package set to raise $1 billion a year for schools.
The governor says in a Tweet Thursday that "this is a big day for our...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Slapping down a stance taken by the director of Oregon's wildlife department, Gov. Kate Brown declared Wednesday that the state and its agencies oppose the federal government's...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Senate Republicans ended a weeklong walkout Monday and returned to the Oregon Capitol after the governor and Democratic leadership agreed to major concessions on some of the...
The Latest: Oregon Senate passes education tax
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to end a standoff over a school funding tax in Oregon (all times local):
The Oregon Senate has approved a multibillion dollar...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House approved an almost 10% increase in funding for schools.
Lawmaker sent the Senate a $9 billion two-year school budget Monday. That's $100 million more than...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon looks like an unlikely candidate to bankroll opposition to Governor Kate Brown's efforts to control greenhouse gases.
Editorials from around Oregon
Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:
The Mail Tribune, April 28, on the state of Oregon's foster care system:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The transportation budget recently passed by Washington state lawmakers includes $35 million for renewed efforts to replace the Interstate 5 bridge connecting Washington and...
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Officials in eastern Oregon are urging the governor to declare a state of emergency in response to recent flooding.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday establishing an oversight board for Oregon's troubled foster care system, which has drawn heavy criticism and is the subject...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown unveiled a plan on Friday to pay down rising debt from the state's public pension costs, which have ballooned past $26 billion.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has released her plan to pay down the state's $26 billion pension debt.
The governor said Friday she wants to raise $3.3 billion over the next 16...
Brown floats $2 tobacco tax increase to fund Medicaid
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown plans to pay down the state's Medicaid shortfall through a $2 tax increase on tobacco products, plus an additional tax on e-cigarettes and other vaping...
Oregon Senate OKs permanent daylight saving time
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate has approved a measure to abolish the yearly time change and remain on daylight saving time.
Lawmakers on Thursday voted 23-4 to skip returning to...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A glass ceiling was broken in Oregon Wednesday when a former lawmaker and hog farmer was sworn in as secretary of state, marking the first time in state history that women have...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's projected "kicker" tax rebate will decrease by $108 million under a bill passed by Democrats in the state Senate.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has formed an outreach committee to encourage response to the 2020 Census, ahead of a Supreme Court decision that could lead to undercounts of immigrant...
- The News-ReviewDouglas County businesses say the Student Success Act is bad for OregonMay 20, 2019
- The News-ReviewRental Companies say rent control bill will hurt housing supplyMarch 10, 2019
- The News-ReviewUCC $8 million grant included in preliminary state budgetNovember 30, 2018
- The Washington TimesKnute Buehler seeks to model Oregon campaign after blue state Republican governorsNovember 2, 2018
Clarno chosen as Oregon’s secretary of state
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown on Friday chose Bev Clarno, a former Republican legislator and Speaker of the House, to be the next secretary of state.
The Latest: Governor names Clarno as secretary of state
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Brown's decision to name a new secretary of state (all times local):
Former Speaker of the House Bev Clarno has been named secretary of...
Oregon governor signs ban on offshore drilling
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has permanently banned offshore drilling in the midst of a federal push to open 90 percent of federal waters to oil exploration.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a permanent offshore oil drilling ban as the Trump administration forges ahead with a plan that could open up the...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday she would welcome an independent investigation of a baby's death at an Oregon day care facility, responding to allegations from Republicans that...
Oregon governor wants next SOS to keep eye on election
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wants to select a new secretary of state who does not plan to seek re-election in 2020, saying that person should be focused on running elections and not...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will pay off half of its Medicaid debt through new taxes on health care providers.
Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday approved a six-year tax on hospitals and insurance...
Oregon governor pushes for prepaid mail-in ballots
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown is pressing Oregon lawmakers to pass a measure paying for prepaid postage on mail-in ballots, a move she says would boost voter turnout in a state that boasts...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on funeral services for Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson (all times local):
Top public officials in Oregon heralded Secretary of...
Correction: Oregon-Pioneering Rent Control story
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story Feb. 28 about Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signing the nation's first statewide mandatory rent control measure, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Kori Sparks...
Oregon governor to get Medicaid funding package
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers have sent a $465 million healthcare package to the governor's desk to address funding shortfalls in the state's Medicaid program.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After a slow start, wintry weather has walloped Oregon, with the snowpack surpassing the norm by as much as 160 percent in some parts of the state and Gov. Kate Brown declaring...
Oregon to become first state to impose rent control
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will become the first state in the nation to impose statewide mandatory rent control after lawmakers passed a measure that will establish protections for people in the...
Brown weighing moves to reduce school pension costs
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown is reportedly considering selling the state's workers compensation insurance corporation or tapping its substantial capital surplus to hold down future...
Oregon’s governor lost a vote on a dog, and learned a lesson
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Democratic governor was talking with reporters Thursday about getting Republican lawmakers, who are in the minority in both the state Senate and House, on board as bills go through the Legislature. Then she described a lesson she learned from her stepdaughter wanting a dog.
Oregon lawmakers debate multiple gun bills
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — For the Oregon Legislature, it's not a question of whether any firearms legislation will pass this session.
It's really a question about what will pass. Gov. Kate Brown has made firearms legislation a priority. Democratic leadership, in the majority, is backing her up.
Lawmakers also have ideas of their own. So do high school students from Lake Oswego.
Governor urges vaccines as Northwest measles cases climb
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown urged residents to get vaccinated Thursday as public health officials in Oregon and Washington reported a combined 56 confirmed cases of measles.
The Oregon Legislature will likely take a look at ways to tighten the state's immunization rules in the wake of the Pacific Northwest measles outbreak, Brown said, although she didn't point to any specific proposal.
"I think we need to strengthen our legislation," she told reporters.
Oregon governor says Virginia’s Northam should resign
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called for her Virginia counterpart to step down over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook.
"It's appalling, all of it," Brown told reporters Thursday when asked about Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. "He should resign. And then we have the next layer of issue, right? And one after that."
Oregon governor: Feds must do more to manage fire-prone land
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The federal government needs to send more resources to do more forest thinning on public lands in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday as she searches for ways to stem wildfires that are getting bigger and more dangerous.
One possible option Brown said she would consider is allowing some fires to burn, but keeping them away from populated areas, as well as prescribed burns and increased thinning.
New Oregon council to examine wildfire-fighting strategies
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Plagued by wildfires in recent years, Oregon will evaluate the effectiveness of its system to combat the blazes as fire seasons grow longer and more severe.
Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday she's issued an executive order establishing the Oregon Wildfire Response Council. It is tasked with evaluating Oregon's current response system to large fires and making recommendations in September on the future of Oregon's wildfire response infrastructure.
Oregon transportation chief resigns after 13 years in role
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Transportation Director Matthew Garrett says he will resign from the Oregon Department of Transportation by the end of June.
The agency said Friday that Garrett has been with ODOT 22 years and has been in the top job for 13 years.
He is the longest-serving department of transportation director in the nation and has led ODOT under three governors.
Gov. Brown focuses on health care, environment and housing
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon needs to shore up health care, the environment, the education system and housing, Gov. Kate Brown said during her State of the State address Monday.
Speaking in the House of Representatives after she was sworn in, Brown said Oregon's unemployment rate is the lowest on record and has one of the fastest job growth rates in the country.
Gov.’s husband sending Trump bill for cleaning bathrooms
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says her husband is sending President Donald Trump a $28 bill after he cleaned garbage-filled bathrooms while visiting a sno-park on Mount Hood that was unstaffed because of the partial government shutdown.
Oregon reaches milestone as commissioner sworn in
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's new labor commissioner, sworn in on Monday, has an ambitious agenda but an investigation pushed by her predecessor on sexual harassment in the state Capitol loomed, even as the report drew new criticism.
The swearing in of Val Hoyle by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum marked the first time in Oregon history that most of the five statewide executive offices are held by elected women.
Oregon women achieve historic milestone next week
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When Oregon's next labor commissioner is sworn in, the state's governor and attorney general, both women, will be administering the oath of office.
It's significant, Gov. Kate Brown noted on Friday, because Labor Commissioner-elect Val Hoyle is also a woman.
"For the first time in Oregon history, a majority of statewide elected executive offices will be held by women," Brown's office said in a statement.
Buehler plans to stay engaged in Oregon issues
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler, who lost the November election, says he's repurposing his campaign web site to highlight issues that concern him, including improving the welfare of foster children.
Brown victory, Hammond pardon top Oregon stories
Gov. Kate Brown's election to her first full term was voted Oregon's top news story of 2018 by Associated Press staff.
Other top news items of the past 12 months included President Donald Trump's pardoning of the ranchers whose imprisonment sparked a standoff at a remote Oregon wildlife refuge, a fatal cougar attack near Mount Hood and protests in Portland.
Audit: Web-based procurement could’ve saved state $1 billion
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An audit released Wednesday found that if the state of Oregon had used a web-based procurement app in the last biennium, it could have saved more than $1 billion.
Adoption of a statewide eProcurement system, if quickly implemented statewide, could close Oregon's 2019-21 budget gap of $623 million without raising taxes, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said in announcing his department's audit.
Commission dismisses ethics complaint against Gov. Brown
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has been cleared of an ethics complaint.
Amid cancer battle, Richardson attends meeting by phone
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's secretary of state, who is battling brain cancer, attended a state land board meeting by speakerphone, a day after he reversed his decision to temporarily leave.
Dennis Richardson earlier announced he was leaving the three-member board during his medical treatment and assigned his deputy the role. He reversed his decision Monday on the advice of the state attorney general. Richardson said he didn't want to waste taxpayer resources on a legal fight.