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NORTHWEST NEWS

Police Union Contract Extended, Bargaining to Continue

Negotiations will resume in January 2021.

Inslee Heckled Off Stage During Tri-Cities Appearance

Speaking outdoors in Eastern Washington, the governor was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers as he urged residents to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Portland Police Declare Riot, Use Tear Gas

Several arrests were made as protests continued into early Wednesday morning.

Oregon Legislature Passes Police Reform Package Amid ‘Rushed’ Criticism

Six new bills declare an emergency in police protocol and are immediately effective. 

NEWS BRIEFS

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Oregon trooper on leave after shop says he didn't wear mask

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Police union contract extended, bargaining to continue

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Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

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Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.The student-led movement...

OPINION

Editorial From the Publisher: Vote as Your Life Depends on It

The Republican-controlled Senate won’t pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, no matter how hard Oregon’s senators and others work to push for change. ...

Banana Republic or Constitutional Democracy? The US Military May Decide

Will the military, when and if the chips are down, acts in accord with the Constitution and not out of loyalty to its commander-in-chief? ...

To Save Black Lives, and the Soul of Our Nation, Congress Must Act Boldly

For too long, Black people in America have been burdened with the unjust responsibility of keeping ourselves safe from police. ...

Racial Inequalities - Black America Has Solutions; White America Won't Approve Them

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

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3 cities pilot South Africa-style truth, reconciliation push

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Robert E. Lee statue becomes epicenter of protest movement

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ENTERTAINMENT

Hot news cycle leads CNN to best ratings in 40 years

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vanilla Ice has indefinitely postponed a Texas concert that drew fierce criticism due...

Wide shift in opinion on police, race rare in US polling

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From big cities to backyards, July 4 not usual blowout bash

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Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 162 people

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More than 80 reported killed this week in Ethiopia's unrest

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Finnish Air Force Command drops swastika logo as insignia

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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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