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The lone PERs Reform Bill is still alive in the Oregon Legislature. If passed, the bill would cut a PERs tax benefit for future public retirees who move out of the state. Jason Conger of Bend is on the House Business and Labor Committee. He and the rest of the group all voted to move it to the Ways and Means Committee with a recommendation to pass. "If you were a retiree living on a fixed income and you had the opportunity to move 20-50, 100 or even a couple hundred miles into Washington, and you could save 10% or basically increase your check by 10%, you might consider doing that. And so a very significant number of retirees do exactly that; PERs retirees.” Public employees who retire under PERs currently receive extra money each year to cover the cost of Oregon State Income Taxes on their pension benefits, and currently they still receive that money even if they've moved out of state and no longer pay Oregon taxes. The bill cuts the benefit only for workers who retire after January 1st, 2012, and then move out of state.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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