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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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More arrests early Thursday after police clear protest zone

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US sets deadline for wolverines protection decision

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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

The problem is we have to secure approval of the solutions from the people who deny the problem's existence while reaping the benefits from it. ...

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

Actor says 'Justice League' director Whedon was 'abusive'

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Eastwood's ankle forced production shift for 'The Outpost'

LONDON (AP) — An accident requiring two screws in his ankle nearly prevented Scott Eastwood from portraying a real life soldier in Afghanistan in “The Outpost” — a role that required a level of athleticism. Eastwood was tight-lipped about how he was injured, but he said...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

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Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

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

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

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Finnish Air Force Command drops swastika logo as insignia

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Photo of toddler sitting on slain grandpa angers Kashmiris

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Bolivia tries to hold elections amid pandemic, risking chaos

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By The Skanner News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- If any Americans are willing to fork over more to state governments in 2010, it might just be those of Oregon, where voters are deciding the fate of two proposed tax increases that target the wealthy and corporations.
Ballots must be received by the elections office on Jan. 26. Voters are encouraged to drop off their ballots at an official drop location to ensure their vote is counted.
Click here for a google map of official drop locations.
Oregon voters the past two weeks have been marking referendum ballots on two tax issues, one raising rates on people who make more than $125,000 a year in taxable income -- $250,000 for joint filers -- and on businesses, many of whom pay a minimum tax of $10 a year.
The mailed-in and dropped-off votes will be counted Tuesday. The results are likely to be part of the national spin cycle the next morning and could give legislators in other states a hint about whether they can ask taxpayers for help in repairing ravaged budgets.
The only independent polls made public so far show the tax increases ahead but with shrinking margins. If they pass, that would be a break with history. Despite Oregon's reputation for left-leaning politics, voters have often shot down tax measures.
But if the poll results prove out, "I think that would bode well for Arizona's efforts to balance our budget," said Phoenix political consultant Doug Cole.
Cole is running an election campaign for Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who has proposed a temporary sales tax increase in the face of fierce opposition in her own party. She's running to keep the office she inherited as secretary of state when Democrat Janet Napolitano joined the Obama administration, and she faces strong competition in the primary.
Here and there in legislative sessions just getting under way in January, leaders have talked about or pushed tax increases, as in Arizona, Illinois or Washington state.
"What we hear over and over again from the states is that everything is on the table," said Arturo Perez, a fiscal analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Oregon's tax increases came out of a legislative session last year in which Democrats with commanding majorities pared the budget, deployed some reserves, parceled out federal stimulus dollars, and tiptoed around tax increases that would have hit large numbers of Oregonians.
They assumed any tax measures would be referred to the voters, as is routine in Oregon, and would face difficulty, as is also routine.
Nine times since the 1930s, for example, Oregon voters have rejected sales tax proposals, leaving the state government relying primarily on income taxes at some of the highest rates in the nation and secondarily on lottery proceeds. Twice in the past decade, voters have rejected broad-based income tax increases. In 2007 they rejected higher taxes on cigarettes, whose revenue would have been used to provide health insurance for children.
So, legislative leaders crafted tax packages that by state estimates would hit about 2 percent of the top earners and put the biggest bite on corporations, many based out of state, with the largest amount of sales.
"These increases are more carefully focused on those who have resources in order to protect services for everybody," said Democratic Rep. Dave Hunt, speaker of the Oregon House.
The measures were referred to the voters by business leaders, and the resulting campaign has seen them duking it out with the unions representing teachers and state workers.
The business campaign featured contributions from the likes of Phil Knight of Nike and Tim Boyle of Columbia Sportswear. But business interests haven't had a united front, and some high tech companies, fretting about the education system they rely on for workers, have stayed on the fence.
In the last week of the campaigns, the unions were ahead of business in fundraising, although both sides have had plenty of money for broadcast advertising.
A telephone poll of 500 likely voters Jan. 14-15 had the individual income tax measure ahead 52-39 and the corporate taxes ahead 50-40.
A poll released Friday put the margins for individual taxes at 50-44, and the corporate taxes at 48-45, within the margin of error, plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
The polls were conducted by Davis, Hibbitts and Midghall Inc. for Oregon Public Broadcasting, Fox 12 TV and the Portland Tribune.
Pollster Tim Hibbitts said the results are consistent with trends in previous tax votes. He said they show that the results are likely to be close and either measure, or both, could fail.

 


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