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NORTHWEST NEWS

Fitzpatrick to Retire

Longtime leader of PCRI moving on; organization interviewing candidates this week

Read May 21 Election Results

Penson, De Pass, Peterson win election bids

Pension Reform Plan Advances, Kicker Rebate Not Targeted

A plan to rein in the growing costs of Oregon's public pension system was sent to the Senate floor Tuesday after passing two key committees.

Multnomah County Election Day: Ballots Due Before 8:00 P.M.

Tuesday, May 21 is the last day to vote in the May Special District Election. Ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 for them to count.

NEWS BRIEFS

Community Celebrates New Evelyn Crowell Center African American Exhibit at Cascade

On Monday, June 3, the PCC Cascade campus will host an official opening ceremony for the Evelyn Crowell Center for African American...

James Bible Seeks Bellevue City Council Seat

Civil rights attorney says he wants to prioritize housing, wages ...

North Clackamas School Named in Honor of Supreme Court Judge Adrienne Nelson

The Rock Creed Middle School will be converted and renamed in honor of Oregon Supreme Court Justice, Adrienne C. Nelson. ...

Write Around Portland 56th Book Release and Free Public Readings

Write Around Portland is celebrating its 20th anniversary with two free community readings ...

Family of Terrell Johnson Files Suit Against City of Portland and Portland Police

Johnson was shot in May 2017 by a PPB officer at a MAX station in SE Portland ...

Man involved in road rage shooting sentenced to 5 years

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to five years in prison after he was convicted of shooting at another driver.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 39-year-old Garvin Franklin Jr., was sentenced Wednesday for the October 23, 2018, incident.He had been convicted of one count...

Politics, killings stifle wolf recovery amid hefty price tag

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than million but have failed to meet recovery targets.The number of red wolves...

Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant finds new home at Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — By the end of last season, Missouri fans were enjoying quarterback Drew Lock's final days running the Tigers' offense and wondering who would take over this fall.The answer came in a Twitter post the night of Dec. 4 when Kelly Bryant announced he was transferring to...

Missouri files brief as it seeks to overturn NCAA sanctions

Missouri submitted its appeals brief to the NCAA on Monday, taking the next step in attempting to limit or overturn what it believes are overly harsh sanctions in the case of a rogue former tutor.The school argued in the 64-page brief to the NCAA's appeals committee that the penalties handed down...

OPINION

On the History of Medical Marijuana

The recent legalization of cannabis medicinally throughout the United States of America has made Cannabis sativa L., colloquially termed marijuana, hemp, or weed, the growing topic of conversation. ...

The Skanner News Endorsements May 2019

The Skanner endorses candidates in upcoming school board, PCC races ...

How Should We Handle Right-Wing Disrupters?

Liberal and progressive individuals and institutions should expect disruptions to not only continue but to increase in scale. ...

Our Democracy Is on the Line, Congress Must Act Now

While the debate whether President Trump obstructed justice should be over with the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, unfortunately, it is not ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Museum apologizes to minority students told: 'No watermelon'

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's venerable Museum of Fine Arts has apologized to a group of minority middle school students who say they were subjected to racism by staff and some other patrons during a field trip.Museum officials in a letter posted on its website Wednesday apologized to the students...

GLAAD: LGBTQ representation in film is up, but not for all

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The advocacy organization GLAAD says that LGBTQ representation is up for major studio films released in 2018, but that none included transgender characters.Of the 110 movies surveyed, 20, or 18.2%, contained an LGBTQ character. This is a significant improvement from 2017's...

Making history: Rihanna launches brand Fenty in Paris store

PARIS (AP) — Rihanna, the first black woman in history to head up a major Parisian luxury house, is unveiling her first fashion designs for Fenty at a pop-up store in Paris.The collection, named after the singer-turned-designer's last name, comprises ready-to-wear, footwear, accessories, and...

ENTERTAINMENT

Daniel Craig to undergo minor ankle surgery for Bond injury

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Bond is out of commission for a few weeks. Star Daniel Craig is undergoing minor ankle surgery after sustaining an injury while filming the 25th installment in the franchise in Jamaica.The news comes Wednesday in a tweet from the official James Bond twitter account....

Rotten Tomatoes to link audience ratings to ticket purchases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rotten Tomatoes is taking another step to verify that users posting a rating of a movie have actually seen it.The review aggregator says Thursday that users who have purchased tickets on Fandango will get a verified badge next to their review, beginning with films out this...

GLAAD: LGBTQ representation in film is up, but not for all

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The advocacy organization GLAAD says that LGBTQ representation is up for major studio films released in 2018, but that none included transgender characters.Of the 110 movies surveyed, 20, or 18.2%, contained an LGBTQ character. This is a significant improvement from 2017's...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

D-Day veterans revisit Normandy, recall horror and triumph

Planes spread out across the sky, nearly wingtip to wingtip. A sniper's bullet whizzing by the ear. Squeezing a...

China has more weapons in US tariff war - but do they work?

BEIJING (AP) — Looking for ways to hit back at Washington as a tariff fight escalates, President Xi Jinping...

Yes or No: Who's in charge? Power struggles roil Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen times, Rep. Ayanna Pressley asked the witness for a yes or no answer on housing...

'War is ugly': For French vet, D-Day's lessons are timeless

OUISTREHAM, France (AP) — There were countless times on D-Day and in the fighting in Normandy that followed...

India's Modi paints image of Hindu ascetic called to power

NEW DELHI (AP) — The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a...

Fascist symbols and rhetoric on rise in Italian EU vote

MILAN (AP) — A banner emblazoned with the words "Honor to Mussolini," unfurled just steps from the Milan...

McMenamins
By The Skanner News

Oregon is among a minority of states that tax the income of families living below the poverty line, according to a report released today by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

For a married couple with two children in 2008, Oregon's income taxes kicked in at $18,900, which was $3,117 below the poverty line for a family of that size, the report said. Only eight other states imposed income taxes on four-person families with less income, while the 33 other states with income taxes allowed low-income families to earn more money before having to pay income taxes.
"Oregon would be better off if poor families could devote more of their income toward food, child care, transportation and other basic needs," said Joy Margheim, policy analyst with the Oregon Center for Public Policy, who examined the report.
Focusing on the 42 states (including D.C.) with an income tax in 2008, the report examined the earnings threshold at which income taxes kicked in.
By that latter measure, Oregon's income tax system was also one of the least favorable for low-income families. In 2008, Oregon trailed only Alabama for the highest income tax bill for a married couple with two kids living at the federal poverty line — $22,017 for a family of that size. Such a family owed $311 in Oregon income taxes, said the report released by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Families keeping their heads just above the poverty line also face bigger income tax bills in Oregon than in most states. The report, for example, said that Oregon married couples with two children with $27,521 in income, or 125 percent of poverty, paid $875 in state income taxes for 2008. That amount was higher than the amount that comparable families pay in every other state but Kentucky.
According to a report released last month by OCPP, low-income households pay the highest share of their income toward all state and local taxes combined.
The wealthiest families, by contrast, pay the smallest share.


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