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Government Shutdown Looms In Washington

OPB | June 22, 2015

If lawmakers in Olympia can't agree on a budget by the end of the month, Washington will face a government shutdown.

Washington Legislature Begins Second Special Session

OPB | June 01, 2015

Our correspondent in Olympia gives us a rundown on what's on the agenda for Washington's lawmakers.

WA Governor Inslee Lays Out Plans For Roads, Schools, And Taxes

OPB | Dec. 18, 2014

THURSDAY: Washington Governor Jay Inslee is rolling out his two-year budget proposal this week. OPB reporter Austin Jenkins gives us the highlights.

Governor Kitzhaber Unveils His Two-Year Budget

OPB | Dec. 01, 2014

MONDAY: At 10 a.m. on Monday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber released his proposed 2015-2017 budget.

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Talks PERS And More

OPB | Feb. 17, 2014

MONDAY: Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler is pushing a bill that he says will save the state billions on its public pension system over the next 20 years.

Exploring The Revenue Forecast And The State Budget

OPB | Feb. 13, 2014

THURSDAY: The latest economic forecast shows more money for Portland schools, but not the overall funding boost lawmakers were hoping for.

News Roundtable: December 13, 2013

OPB | Dec. 13, 2013

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

City of Portland Has Money to Spare: How Will It Be Spent?

OPB | Sept. 18, 2013

A surplus in Portland's annual budget sparks discussions about how and where the extra funds should be spent.

Reading The Economic Tea Leaves

OPB | May 16, 2013

The state budget hangs in the balance as lawmakers pore over the latest revenue forecast released Thursday.

Charlie Hales Reveals His Budget Proposal

OPB | April 30, 2013

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will release his budget proposal Tuesday morning at City Hall.

Negotiating Tax Changes

OPB | April 30, 2013

Oregon lawmakers made drastic changes to their tax plan in order to get it passed in the House. What will the Senate do with it?

Crime Rates Increasing In Medford

OPB | March 26, 2013

Crime is on the rise in Medford, Oregon. Some say increases in drug use and drug trafficking are the biggest causes.

Checking In With Charlie Hales

OPB | March 26, 2013

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has been in office almost 90 days. How is he doing so far?

Small Airports To Lose Control Towers

OPB | March 25, 2013

Sequestration means four small airports in Oregon are losing their air traffic control towers.

An Hour With Governor Kitzhaber

OPB | March 15, 2013

Think Out Loud was live from City Club of Portland with Governor John Kitzhaber.

Lawmakers Get Down To Business With Budget

OPB | March 06, 2013

The co-chairs of the Ways & Means committee released their budget plan earlier this week. We'll dig into what it means for the session and the state.

Kitzhaber Releases His Budget

OPB | Nov. 30, 2012

Governor Kitzhaber has released his proposed budget for the 2013-2015 biennium.

Staffing at the Oregon State Hospital

OPB | Sept. 25, 2012

Nurses at the Oregon State Hospital wards in both Salem and Portland say they need more staff to help deal with violent incidents.

An Update on the Lane County Jail Crisis

OPB | Aug. 01, 2012

The Lane County Jail was forced to close 96 beds in late June due to budget cuts. Now it's seeing a revolving door of inmates. 

Salem-Keizer Surplus

OPB | July 31, 2012

The Salem-Keizer School District has $66 million in surplus bond money.