Washington, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after the passage of a bill to force internet retailers to collect sales taxes for states and municipalities that have local sales taxes.
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New planes will help combat wildfires in Oregon forests
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the U.S. Forest Service announced it would award operating contracts for “Next Generation” airtankers to be used in wildfire suppression:
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SB 528A allows state agencies to sell their state-of-the-art technology to boost revenue
SALEM—The Oregon Senate today cleared the path for agencies to sell innovative software designed to make government more efficient. Senate Bill 528A, which passed on a unanimous vote, will allow state agencies and the judicial and legislative branches to hold copyrights or patents and sell data processing programs to local, state, and federal government agencies.
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(Portland, OR) – With an endorsement of Ballot Measure 26-151, Health Share of Oregon’s Board of Directors has officially added its support to the effort by the Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland coalition to encourage Portland to add fluoride to the city’s drinking water supply.
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Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Capitol Foundation, in concert with Oregon Historical Society, recently unveiled a new 2013 exhibit at the State Capitol. This new exhibit, “Trails to Oregon Statehood”, features the early history of Oregon and the development of Oregon government— from the Wolf Meetings in 1843 to the Territorial Government in 1848, to full Statehood in 1859. Watch the unveiling of the new exhibit online!
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Salem 3rd bridge informational meeting to be televised on KWVT, May 17th at noon
KWVT channel 17 will be broadcasting a half hour meeting regarding the proposed third bridge over the Willamette in Salem area.
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Salem, Oregon – Oregon’s public schools would net $6.75 billion, the equivalent of nearly $1 billion in additional resources and savings, in the 2013-15 biennium under the draft budget framework released by the Co-Chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee today.
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Four proposed projects to use woody biomass from area forests to heat northeastern Oregon schools and local government buildings will soon receive grants totaling $57,250, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today.
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SALEM – Ashton Eaton, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, will address the Oregon State Senate Thursday, February 21, at 11 a.m., Senate President Peter Courtney announced today.
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Bill would upgrade crumbling water systems and save homeowners, businesses money
Washington, DC – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley introduced the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2013 (WIFIA). This bill would create jobs by helping local communities upgrade or replace aging and damaged water and sewer systems. Low cost financing would save homeowners and businesses money and put construction workers back on the job as repairs and new projects are accelerated.
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