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State Senator Tim Knopp of Bend says Republicans in the House and Senate plan to prioritize this final stage of session by pushing jobs bills.

He says there are several good ideas in Salem that could add family wage jobs in Oregon- things like giving small businesses the "Nike deal"  - and allowing some logging and wildfire prevention projects in our forests.

 

"We continue to talk about tax increases when we have 10 percent more money coming in this session- but we haven't done much to help small businesses create more private sector jobs- so we're going to work the rest of this session trying to get some action on that because we need to get Oregonians back to work."

 

Knopp also supports easier land use laws for new and expanding businesses.

 

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

 

  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.

 

  • 27th and Bear Creek Rd intersection varying traffic control changes

 

  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)