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There is a sigh of relief going through the State Capital today, as the State Revenue Forecast is showing an increase in income for the first time in two years.   State Economist Tom Potiowsky says it's an encouraging sign, but others are not so sure.   Bend Senator Chris Telfer says the so called positive numbers are coming from some administrative slight of hand.  “In essence what the Department of Revenue did was increase withholding on employees payroll checks by a $100-million. So now they have a $100-million more coming in. So without that little gimmick, they would be down $38-million.” Forecasters are saying the numbers will mean the state will not have to make any cuts to the current two-year budget. It is now in the black by about $60-million. But, the deficit in the next two-year budget has grown to $3.5 billion.

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.