My Forty-Seven Years is Politics
Yes, you read that correctly. Take a look at this picture (above). It was taken in the Spring of 1970 at Faubion Elementary School in Northeast Portland. The woman in the foreground is Connie McCready, who had been appointed to the Portland City Council to fill a vacancy and was running for election to a full term. She went on to win the election and stayed at city hall long enough to be appointed mayor in 1979, when Neil Goldschmidt was named... read more
Policy Updates
Second Chamber Work Session Scheduling Deadline Passes 
The self-imposed legislative deadline for policy committees to schedule a work session on a bill in its committee from the other chamber passed on May 19th. This gives an opportunity here to review what deadlines are ahead.  The first point to make is that the deadlines do not apply to the pivotal committees... read more
Water Development Stakeholders Urge Ways & Means to Invest - AOC and Others Warn Against Slowing Oregon's Recent Momentum Notwithstanding Budget Issues
AOC joined its water development coalition partners in stating strong support for continued investment in water supply before the Joint Ways & Means Capital Construction... read more
Property Taxation: Farm Equipment, Business Personal Property, and Manufactured Housing Measures Move Forward
The Senate Finance & Revenue Committee on May 17th moved a gutted and stuffed  Senate Bill (SB) 596A to the floor with a do pass recommendation. Committee members concluded that the bill would provide a bright line to county assessors... read more
Health & Human Services Update - May 19th
Senate Bill (SB) 235, which was originally a tobacco retail licensure (TRL) bill, continues through the process. The bill was "gut and stuffed" in the Senate Health Care Committee to simply put in statute a definition of "enclosed space" under the Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA). However, now in the House... read more
Transportation Update - May 19th
Both the Monday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 17 evening meetings of the Joint Transportation Preservation & Modernization (JTPM) Committee continued to focus on recommendations that came from the five workgroups. The goal is to reach a majority decision on recommendations to be included in the... read more
Community & Economic Development Update - May 19th
The Joint Ways and Means Capital Construction Sub-Committee held a public hearing for SB 5530, which increases lottery bonds issued for Oregon Business Development Department and the Housing & Community Services Department... read more
Federal Veterans Benefits for Oregon Increase by $111 Million
According to new data released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in May 2017, direct payments to Oregon veterans and their families increased by $110,946,000 from 2015 to 2016. These payments consist of disability, low income pension, and other cash payments. The overall level... read more
USDA is Accepting Applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for its  Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program, which provides... read more
Request for Comment on 1200-Z Industrial Stormwater Permit
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is providing public notice of the proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 1200-Z Industrial... read more
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Harvard Kennedy School Information Session
June 5-7, 2017 | Portland and Salem

Join Matt Clemons, Director of Admissions, to learn about Harvard Kennedy School master's degree programs, student life, financial aid, and application logistics. Harvard Kennedy School maintains an abiding commitment to advancing the public interest by training skilled, enlightened leaders and solving public problems through world-class scholarship and active engagement with practitioners and decision makers. 
Managing Stormwater in Oregon
June 20, 2017 | Portland |  REGISTER

Regional regulations are tightening, third party lawsuits are an emerging enforcement threat, and the economics of compliance matter more than ever for property owners and managers. This conference addresses these challenges and presents practical answers for Oregon companies, municipalities and service providers.
Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit
July 26 | Portland, Oregon  REGISTER

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NACo News
Get Involved! Submit Your NACo Presidential Appointment Request Today
To be considered for a presidential appointment you must complete the  application online  before  June 2, 2017 ... read more
At First Read, Trump Budget Provokes Concern
NACo continues to crunch the numbers and assess the impact of President Donald Trump's proposed FY18 budget on county governments, but an initial reading is... read more
Rural Hospitals Face Long Odds
Rural hospitals are under siege, battling demographic changes, eroding federal support and state-level decisions. And they're losing.  Since 2010, 80 rural hospitals have... read more
Ryan Announces New Bipartisan Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the creation of the bipartisan Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs to address the... read more
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Partner Spotlight
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The Last Word
Q: Why did the mushroom like to party so much? A: Because he was a fun-guy.

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