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|Tuesday, May 01, 2007|
The Oregon Legislature heads into what should be its final two months, with leaders calling for a late June adjournment. A few business-related bills flying just below the radar could pop up for floor votes in the last wave of activity.
“That top amount is just punitive if you lost money that year,” Bottomly adds. “There’s room to make a change on the $10 minimum but we’re not interested in discussions about another $150 million in revenue.”
This year’s Legislature has the best chance of any in recent memory of passing a beer tax, and the state’s storied microbrewers are nervous, even though lawmakers are trying to carve out exceptions for them. The tax hike has typically died in the House, where the powerful beer and wine distributors lobby (yes, the one that paid for those Hawaii trips by legislators) had allies in the Republican majority. With the Dems in control, at least three bills propose a hike on beer tax and one includes a new wine tax. The steepest proposal would move the tax on brewers from less than a penny per bottle to more than 10 cents. The money raised would be earmarked for drug and alcohol treatment. That bill, sponsored by Rep. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland) and Sen. Bill Morrisette (D-Springfield) also leaves small breweries untaxed.
Tapping the Columbia
Two months ago, we wrote about several efforts to get more water out of the Columbia River for Eastern Oregon farmers [WATERWORKS, FEBRUARY]. Those pieces of legislation hit some early speed bumps: The Umatilla tribes, the governor and an array of environmental groups oppose the “Oasis Project” bill, which calls for removing an extra 500,000 acre-feet of water year-round, including during salmon runs. Three water-related bills from Sen. David Nelson, the GOP farmer from Pendleton, were held up behind renewable energy legislation. Nelson also supports the Oasis bill. The tribes and the governor support the Nelson effort that seeks authorization to fund a comprehensive water study. The Oasis bill was heard by the House Energy and Environment Committee in mid-April, which forwarded it to a work session, and Nelson’s water study bill moved to Way and Means. Keep your water map handy as these issues play out.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
At Oregon State University, a 21st century version of the bad dream — nuclear terrorism — is alive and well. This winter, the Department of Nuclear Physics and Radiation Health Physics created a new interdisciplinary graduate emphasis in nuclear forensics, a Sherlock Holmes-sounding program that aims to identify how and where confiscated nuclear and radiological materials were created.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY OB STAFF
New events series brings magazine to life.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Power Lunch at the Imperial.
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Leslie Carlson channels the big idea.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
A conversation with Donna Earley, director of sales and marketing for the Salem Convention Center.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
As the costs of college mount, and as employer demand for software developers soars, coding schools and classes are popping up everywhere.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
BY TAMSEN LEACHMAN | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
It is important to understand the EEOC’s priorities, and ensure that your leadership understands the shifting expectations of regulators and the heightened standards to which you (and they) may be held.
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