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Governor Kitzhaber’s Chief of Staff, Curtis Robinhold, was among those testifying before a special committee considering revamping the Income Tax Kicker Law. He told the 4 member panel the money is needed to balance a wobbly budget. He says its bad to be dependent on one source of revenue that creates volatility and jeopardized long term stable funding of key services. In tough economic times, State revenues fluctuate wildly an Oregon schools and health care systems suffer. The money would be put into a Rainy Day Fund. Kicker reform seems to have broad-based support among lawmakers, state employee unions and business groups.

 

 

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Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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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.