2017 Legislative Report – Week 20



The legislature took the first major step to balancing the state budget last week when the House passed the Medicaid funding package. If the Senate follows suit – which is a big ‘if’ – then the legislature will have solved over $900 million of the $1.4 billion budget deficit. Finding the remaining $500 million to […]

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2017 Legislative Report – Week 19



What a difference a week makes. If the legislature solves the state’s Medicaid budget shortfall of $900 million – which it is poised to do with a variety of taxes on hospitals, medical providers and insurance premiums embedded in HB 2391 – then the legislature needs to find only $500 million (out of a nearly […]

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2017 Legislative Report – Week 18



We continue to believe that the legislature has no real political pathway to balance the budget and finish its business in time for the July 10th constitutional deadline. There are not the votes to pass major “cuts” budgets. There are not the votes to pass meaningful cost savings legislation. There are not the votes to […]

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2017 Legislative Report – Week 17



Here’s a Week 17 recap of key issues in the Oregon legislature. It’s getting hard to see how the legislature is going to be able to bring this session in for a landing by the Constitutional end date of July 10th. The gulfs between Democrats and Republicans, and between the House and the Senate, seem […]

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2017 Legislative Report – Week 16



Here’s a Week 16 recap of key issues in the Oregon legislature. The biggest issue of Week 16 was the release of the May revenue forecast, which historically has signaled the ‘home stretch’ of the legislative session. The reason the May forecast is so important is because it informs the legislature of the amount of […]

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