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Citizen initiatives repair what our elected officials will not

Citizen initiatives repair what our elected officials will not

Stop by the Coos County Fair and you will have a chance to chat with commissioner candidates Don Gurney and incumbent John Sweet working their respective campaign booths. More likely than not you will see them standing together, talking about the county or ribbing each other about politics but feel free to insert yourself into […]

Early reports indicate Kitzhaber appoints Ophus and Farm for port commission

Early reports indicate Kitzhaber appoints Ophus and Farm for port commission

The commission for the Port of Coos Bay had two slots come open and two more openings on the five person commission were vacant when Dan Smith and Caddy McKeown resigned. Sources indicate that Gov John Kitzhaber has appointed Eileen Ophus, Community Development Director of CCD Business Development and Eric Farm of Menasha Forest Products to fill two commission seats. These appointments would indicate that Kitzhaber supports the port’s role as an economic development agency while simultaneously ignoring the effect of a healthy environment on local industry. No one on the port appears to represent the environment or the fishing industry.

The $35 million increase in tax loophole spending not tied to a single job

The $35 million increase in tax loophole spending not tied to a single job

Guess what corporate tax loophole will cost an additional $35.1 million next biennium without requiring that the beneficiaries create a single job? That tax code spending provision is none other than single-sales factor apportionment, the topic of Friday’s special legislative session convened by the Governor. About 10 years ago, Nike and the Loophole Lobby persuaded […]

Eco-advocates to join rally at State Land Board

Eco-advocates to join rally at State Land Board

The timber harvest privilege tax accrued roughly $35 million per year ( Oregon Department of Revenue ) to the state of Oregon, public schools and county governments before 2000. However, with the full implementation of HB 3575 by 2004 the timber harvest taxes collected from owners of more than 5,000 acres plummeted to zero. This has meant the loss of hundred of millions of tax revenue dollars over the last 12 years that is now vital to the State of Oregon, Oregon’s public schools, and shrinking county budgets and services.

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