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'OPB Politics Now': A Tale Of 2 Revenue Forecasts


Voters across Oregon weighed in on tax levies and school bonds in the May 16, 2017 election.

Voters across Oregon weighed in on tax levies and school bonds in the May 16, 2017 election.

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Depending on their party, Oregon lawmakers saw very different things in the quarterly economic and revenue forecast that came out this week. Either we have a broken tax system or more tax revenue than the state has ever seen. Can it be both?

Meanwhile, voters just passed the largest school bond measure in Oregon history. It means $790 million to upgrades for four Portland schools and getting lead out of the drinking water. Voters in the Bend-La Pine district also passed a measure to finance 159 projects in the district. But smaller districts weren’t so lucky. 

This week, host Julie Sabatier talks with OPB news director Anna Griffin, education reporter Rob Manning, and Gordon Friedman, political reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive.

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