Millions earmarked for cooling, heating, clean air yet to benefit Oregonians

A Meals on Wheels volunteers distributed electric fans in Salem ahead of the June 2021 heat wave. State efforts to expand air conditioning following the event are running slowly. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter) The Legislature allocated millions of dollars this February and in 2021 toward protecting thousands of Oregonians from extreme[Read More…]

Oregon still collecting more tax revenue than economists anticipated

(Amanda Loman/Oregon Capital Chronicle) Oregon tax collections continue to surge, with Oregonians paying $1.2 billion more in income taxes this spring than last year. The increasing state revenues aren’t due to higher taxes. Instead, according to Oregon’s quarterly economic forecast, many people cashed in assets in late 2021, causing a short-term[Read More…]

Challenges persist for rural Marion, Polk county residents lacking broadband as state plans for federal funds still uncertain

Santiam Canyon (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter) Thousands of Marion and Polk county residents lacking high-speed internet continue to face barriers to education and their ability to earn a living, and whether a federal bill intended to expand broadband access will help remains unclear. Oregonians will see at least $100 million in[Read More…]