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Hank Willis Thomas Exhibit Opens at Portland Art Museum

One of the most important conceptual artists of our time, his works examine the representation of race and the politics of visual culture

Grocery Workers Union Ratifies Contract with Stores

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has agreed a three-year contract for stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington

PCC Weighing Community Input on Workforce Training Center, Affordable Housing in Cully

Portland Community College is compiling the results of door-to-door and online surveys

Lawsuit Filed Against Hilton Hotels in “Calling His Mother While Black” Discrimination Case

Jermaine Massey was ousted from the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland where he was a guest and forced to find lodging at around midnight

NEWS BRIEFS

Protesters Rally in Ashland to Demand 'Impeach Trump Now'

Activists are rallying in Ashland Sunday Oct, 13 to demand impeachment proceedings ...

Black Women Help Kick off Sustainable Building Week

The event will be held at Portland’s first and only “green building” owned and operated by African-American women ...

Voter Registration Deadline for the November Special Election is Oct. 15 

The Special Election in Multnomah County will be held on Nov. 5, 2019 ...

Franklin High School’s Mercedes Muñoz Named Oregon Teacher of the Year

In a letter of recommendation, Muñoz was referred to as “a force of nurture.” ...

Founder of Black Panther Challenge Creates Brand To Support Mental Health

The launch comes during Mental Health Awareness Week. The creators say they want people around the world to know that they aren’t...

Some US states marking their first Indigenous Peoples' Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus.From Minnesota to Vermont, at least five states and Washington, D.C. have done away with Columbus Day...

Man arrested after rocks thrown at Portland police cars

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has been arrested for allegedly throwing large rocks at Portland police cars.Portland police say an officer was inside of one of the cars. The suspect ran away after damaging two vehicles Saturday.Police say an officer chased the man and arrested him on three...

Bryant bounces back to lead Missouri over Mississippi

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Last week, when he heard a pop in his left knee after being hit low, Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant briefly saw his college football career pass before his eyes. The injury wasn't as bad as it looked, and Bryant played like his old self in a 38-27 victory over...

Missouri out to stop Ole Miss ground game in SEC matchup

Ole Miss coach Matt Luke has watched every game Missouri has played this season, and he was no doubt excited by the way Wyoming ran wild against the Tigers in their season opener.It should have portended good things for the Rebels' own vaunted rushing attack.But the more Luke looked at the video,...

OPINION

“Hell No!” That Is My Message to Those Who Would Divide Us 

Upon release from the South African jail, Nelson Mandela told UAW Local 600 members “It is you who have made the United States of America a superpower, a leader of the world" ...

Rep. Janelle Bynum Issues Response to the Latest Statement from Clackamas Town Center

State legislator questions official response after daughter questioned for ‘loitering’ in parking lot ...

Why Would HUD Gut Its Own Disparate Impact Rule?

"You can’t expand housing rights by limiting civil protections. The ’D’ in HUD doesn’t stand for ‘Discrimination’" ...

Despite U.S. Open Loss, Serena Williams Is Still the Greatest of All Time

Serena Williams lost her bid for what would have been her sixth U.S. Open Singles title ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers' license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of government assistance after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked plans to include a citizenship question in its 2020 population...

Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture.Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Oct. 22,...

Thousands in Berlin protest against anti-Semitism

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people in Berlin protested against anti-Semitism on Sunday, days after a man attacked a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle.About 10,000 people participated in the march through the German capital. Several thousand others protested Saturday in other...

ENTERTAINMENT

5 rappers removed from NYC festival at request of police

NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of a hip-hop festival taking place in New York this weekend said Saturday they have dropped five rappers from the lineup at the request of police.The New York Times reported that the performers were removed from the Rolling Loud festival after a New York Police...

Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for 'Jackie Brown,' dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Forster, the handsome and omnipresent character actor who got a career resurgence and Oscar nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in "Jackie Brown," died Friday. He was 78.Publicist Kathie Berlin said Forster died of brain cancer following a brief illness....

Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture.Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Oct. 22,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers' license records that typically include citizenship data and...

A crunch Brexit week looms with drama in London and Brussels

LONDON (AP) — The next seven days look set to be one of the most tumultuous weeks in more than three years...

Ecuador deal cancels austerity plan, ends indigenous protest

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador celebrated a deal President Lenín Moreno and indigenous leaders...

Hunter Biden, son of former VP, to leave Chinese board

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden...

India restores post-paid cellphone connections in Kashmir

NEW DELHI (AP) — India says it has restored call facilities on post-paid cellphone connections in...

China's trade with US shrinks again in September

BEIJING (AP) — China's trade with the United States fell by double digits again in September amid a tariff...

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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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